The Legend of Greg ~ REVIEW

You know when you see a book cover from across the room and it catches your eye.  You run to grab it and then 9 hours later you look up to realize everyone has gone to sleep and you just finished the 330+ page book.  That was Kaden as soon as I received Chris Rylander's first book in his new series, The Legend of Greg.  Honestly I hadn't anticipated it would capture him as fast as it did, but from the way he describes it I imagine this is going to be one of our favorite book series.  Kaden likes to find activities and crafts on Pinterest that kind of go along with the theme of the books he reads.  So, I let him make a special board for this book so he can add to it.  Check it out!


A boy discovers his destiny could totally stink in this riotously funny fantasy-adventure
Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He's got a friend--that's right, just one--at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn't ordinary . . . he's actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!

He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea--one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the streets of Chicago.

With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves' sworn enemy: the Elves.

Brimming with humor and action, Chris Rylander's The Legend of Greg turns dwarf lore on its head, delivering an adventure readers won't be able to resist.

I asked Kaden what he liked the most and he said he felt like anyone could be Greg and this is what made it exciting to read.  The whole underground world of Dwarves and Elves was cool.  He said he was excited at the part at the zoo with the polar bear and when he found out his best friend was an Elf.  Kaden also commented on the short chapters, he felt like it made reading the book fly by quickly and he had more opportunities to eat snacks. :)  Another fun extra was the names of chapters....they were hilarious. 

So, there you have it...this book is a keeper over here in our house.  Kaden has already made plans to hit the book store next week in search of other books from this Author!  Thank you Penguin Young Readers for giving us this book in exchange for our honest review.


Chris Rylander is the author of the Fourth Stall saga and the Codename Conspiracy series. A fan of chocolate, chips, and chocolate chips, he lives in Chicago.

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