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Dealing with Dragons is one of the best books I've read in a while. 'Good' doesn't do it justice. It is fantastic. It has good characters and fantastically shaped storyline. I recommend bit to kids my age, about 8-12.
Dealing with Dragons is a short and cheerful children's story that I'd definitely recommend for younger readers. The story is upbeat and packed with humorous dialogue, presenting a lovely adventure story about a girl who just didn't want to be a princess. The story has aged very well and is still relevant twenty-six years after its initial publication, even if it is now not as groundbreaking as it once may have been.
The novel was brimming with charm and took a number of cute digs at traditional children's faerie stories. Characters were so set in their fantasy roles that they didn't really know how to react to Cimorene - the princess who turned her back on the tropes and refused to do things just because they were deemed "proper".
While the story is perfectly enjoyable for a light read, it doesn't really offer much by the way of depth. The world building is a knowing nod to typical high fantasy, character motivation is pretty shallow and problems are resolved swiftly through luck rather than skill. I also felt at times that Cimorene could have done more to claim her independence than give up being a princess to become a "dragon's princess".
However, books don't need to be complex to be entertaining and this is definitely one that I'd recommend to fantasy-loving middle graders (and the young at heart).
Ce livre commençait bien, avec un traitement décalé et "pas sérieux" de l'héroïne, princesse qui refuse le mariage de convenance et préfère s'enfuir auprès des dragons qui ont pour habitude d'avoir des princesses prisonnières. L'auteur se joue des contes et des conventions mais ce faisant, nous demeurons dans une ambiance où l'on ne peut s'attacher à l'héroïne, où on a l'impression que rien de grave ne peut lui arriver et qui finalement n'a peur de rien et traverse tout avec insouciance.
Les personnages et dragons ne sont pas assez creusés et j'ai fini par m'ennuyer...Dommage car l'auteur n'est clairement pas dépourvue de talent.