Dragons in the Clouds
Cover Design- The cover for Dragons in the Clouds is intriguing. There is just enough there to hint at the story while catching the readers eye. There is the mystery of who the man is within the clouds and lightening. 5 Stars Character Development- It is important to define your characters so that they are each unique so that the reader can love or hate them. The characters in Dragons in the Clouds are endearing and likeable except for the villains. I found the names for Blair’s characters to fit with their personality. Odious was aptly named as were the dragons. Blair made them unusual. I found myself picturing the characters just from the names he gave them. I wanted to have one as a friend the same way young David did. 5 Stars Concept- Dragons in the Clouds is a unique and interesting idea. The way Blair has used dragons to explain different weather events is imaginative. I think it opens up the possibility of the what if factor. It could be true or it could be make believe. 5 Stars Plot and Subplot- I liked the way Blair had the story of the dragons told to a child by her father after he returned from a business trip. He gives his daughter a stuffed dragon and then tells her a bedtime story involving said dragon. As an author myself, I love that this parent told his child a story. This will enable the child to grow up to do the same with their child. I liked the way Dragons in the Clouds subplot was what the book started with, then Blair delved into the plot. 5 Stars Entertainment Level- A book is an escape into an adventure for the reader. I found Dragons in the Clouds to be a nice little adventure, however there were times I found my thoughts wandering. That being said, overall the story is good. 4 ½ stars I give Dragons in the Clouds 4 ½ stars. I think middle grade and young adult readers will enjoy the story. Blair has left the reader saying what happened next. I believe this book needs to be in every school library so children can read it.