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‘Dragon Girl’ provides a bumpy, ultimately successful flight


You have to suspend your disbelief pretty hard to read Jeff Weigel‘s Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley, but it’s worth it, because underneath some improbable plot devices is a really good story.

Dragon Girl is your basic environmental fable, about a girl, Alanna, living in vaguely medieval times who not only makes friends with dragons but defends them against a murderous knight. It’s a neat inversion of the standard mythology, although it’s doubtful that Alanna’s animal-loving ways (in the first chapter, she tries to stop her brother from killing a deer) would have been as well-tolerated in the real Middle Ages.

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Jeff Weigel’s ‘Dragon Girl’ reveals creatures’ not-so-scary side


You may think you know dragons, but unless you’ve met one, you’re wrong. That’s the story of Jeff Weigel‘s upcoming graphic novel Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley.

Set for release June 3 by Andrews McNeel Publishing, Dragon Girl follows a young girl named Alanna growing up in medieval times who lucks upon a nest of dragon eggs and learns they’re not the tyrannical monsters her society makes them out to be. On the surface, Wiegel’s story might be comparable to How to Train Your Dragon, but upon reading it’s more akin to the children’s pony book subgenre (Black Beauty, et al.) … but with, y’know, dragons.

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