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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Billy is on a camping trip with his dad and friends when he hears a call for help from inside a large cave. He falls into a vortex when he steps deeper inside, landing him in another world - the Kingdom of Legends. He meets magical creatures and even fairy tale famous characters like Hansel and Gretel. A genie informs him that the only way Billy can get back home is to defeat the Dragon Queen, a two-headed dragon named Flagara. It won’t be easy and, to make things worse, the Dragon Queen is protected by a hoard of giant spiders.
Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen by Alan Sproles is perfect for 2nd to 5th graders. Billy’s journey to another world reminds me of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland. In the Kingdom of Legends, fairy tales are real. Talking flowers and a big blue bunny who loves to eat them, the Easter bunny, meat-eating trees, dragons, and other magical characters roam the world that Sproles has created. I was ambivalent about the writing style at first, but my 11-year-old nephew had no problem with it and found the narrative engaging and straightforward. Despite being a fantastical story, there are some real issues in life such as fights between parents, Billy’s relationship with his dad, and the absence of his mother who left the family when he was younger.
On the whole, this will be a fun read for its target audience. As an adult, I enjoyed it as I got to read about some of my favorite classic characters in a different story. The plot has a good twist and I liked the ending. I look forward to seeing how the story continues in the next book.