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Kenny and the Dragon by Tony Di Terlizzi

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We are huge fans of the Spiderwick Chronicles, so when Tony DiTerlizzi’s book Kenny and the Dragon hit our book basket, a great time was had by all.

Kenny and The Dragon

This charming and adorable book is about a little rabbit named Kenny who befriends a peace loving dragon named Grahame. The only problem is that the villagers seem to have preconceived ideas about dragons and call on George, the ever famous dragon slayer to exterminate the dragon problem and save the village. Kenny has to figure out a way to make the villagers see the truth about this kind and loving dragon.

Kenny and the Dragon

Kenny is a little rabbit with a very big problem. His two best friends are heading into a battle of legendary proportions—with each other! In one corner there’s Graeme, a well-read and cultured dragon with sophisticated tastes. In the other there’s George, a retired knight and dragon slayer who would be content to spend the rest of his days in his bookshop. Neither really wants to fight, but the village townsfolk are set on removing Graeme from their midst and calling George out of retirement. Can Kenny avert disaster?

Tony DiTerlizzi puts a fun-filled, thoroughly theatrical spin on Kenneth Graeme’s classic tale of subterfuge and showmanship with this lighthearted romp of a retelling.-

Something To Do:

To celebrate the story of Kenny and the Dragon let’s have a little dragon fun of our own.

Have you tried our incredible dragon bread ?


  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 3 3/4 cups  flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Mix together the yeast and warm water. Let it rest. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil, salt, and sugar. Add flour. Add yeast and water mixture and mix until blended. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it’s firm and smooth, then round it into a bowl coated in a little oil. Turn the ball over once to coat both sides of dough with oil. Let the dough rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size. Now place your dough on a greased cookie sheet  or use parchment paper and shape it into a dragon.

Shaping your Dragon:

  • Make your dough into a long rectangle.
  • Take a section off on the left hand side of the dough for the head.
  • Take a little section off of the right hand end of the dough for the mouth, and feet.
  • Pull the end of the right hand side of the dough to make a tail.
  • Attach the head.
  • Place a ball of dough under the head for the mouth. Feel free to add almond slivers for the teeth.
  • Place the feet under the dragon body.
  • To decorate your dragon you can use dried fruit, almond slivers as spikes or do as we have and use your scissors to make dragon scales.
  • Cut down the middle of the body first and then another row on down on each side of the dragon’s body.
  • Do the same to the head. As much or as little as you’d like.
  • Add raisins or craisins for the eyes.

Some people cover and let their dragon bread rise again for about 30 minutes. We do not however ,as our children like the shape of their dragon to remain the same.  Bake at 350 degrees until done, about 25 minutes.

 Rhythm of the Home has the cutest felt dragon. Every home should have one.

 Felted Dragon

Grahame the dragon especially loved Austrian Lattice Pie. Have you ever tasted Austrian Lattice Pie ? Well I think it’s about time.

 Known as Linzer Torte, this is one of the oldest pies in the world.

Linzer Torte


Serves 12


 1 3/4 cups sifted all- purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp. dry cocoa ( not the drink mix)

3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 egg, beaten

3 1/2 oz whole blanched almonds, ground ( 1 cup)

1/2 tsp grated lemon rind

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 jar (10 oz) red raspberry jam

Powdered sugar


  1. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and cloves into a medium size bowl.
  2. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives.
  3. Stir in egg, ground almonds, kirsch, lemon rind and juice until mixture is well blended. Chill 1 hour, or until dough gets firmer.
  4. Cut the dough in half. Fit the bottom of a 10 inch greased and floured springform pan with first half of dough. Spread 1/2 cup jam over dough. 
  5. Sprinkle a pastry board lightly with flour and roll finger-thick strips of dough with second half of dough. Arrnage strips, lattice-fashion, over preserves. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes, or until pastry is firm. 
  6. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Remove cake from pan.
  8. Fill lattices with additional raspberry jam.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Has your family ever read Kenny and The Dragon? If so, what was your favorite part of the story?

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