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Character Spotlight: Grahame

by Kayla Aldrich, Read to Them Staff

Hello, all, and welcome back! We’re so excited to be diving into week two of Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, especially after the tense point we left off on. While we’ve got your attention, we thought it might be nice to properly introduce another character who made his way onto Kenny’s pages last week. He’s got a huge presence with an even bigger heart, and can only be:


Name: Grahame— like the cracker!

Species: Dragon

Description: The King’s Royal Bestiary and its depiction of dragons is pretty far removed from what Grahame actually looks like. Instead of being slithery and scaly, Grahame is actually pretty round, hairy, and scruffy. He’s got a pair of lemon-yellow eyes with sickle-shaped claws and a long, curling tail. Like the scholar he is, Grahame also wears a pair of metal framed glasses.

Home: Like Kenny, Grahame has found a home in Roundbrook. He’s currently staying up on Shepard’s Hill where there’s many rocks and boulders, and plenty of grass for him to rest on comfortably.

Friends: Grahame’s closest friend is Kenny. Sure, they may make an odd pair, but Kenny is determined to keep Grahame safe when word starts to spread that Grahame is an infamous scourge come to plague the town. How far from the truth!

Personality: Grahame is the most polite dragon around. He’s always sure to say “please” and “thank you” when he shares meals with Kenny and Kenny’s parents. He is eager to learn, and quite knowledgeable. Grahame is kind and encouraging, and though he’s usually pretty laid back, he can get feisty when he doesn’t agree with something.

Interests: In many ways, Grahame is a Renaissance dragon. He loves to read and familiarize himself with fairy tales, like those by the Grimm Brothers. Grahame has a fondness for performing dramas, and is particularly proud of his role as Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Once he and Kenny read all the books that Kenny owns, the pair take off on an activity frenzy, doing everything from building their own kites to painting with watercolors. Never a dull moment with those two!

Notable Quote: “You know, little bantling, you’re all right in my book.”

There’s a lot to learn from Grahame, but don’t worry— you’ve got plenty of time left with him! If you’re reading along with us or taking part in our live activities, be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We at Read to Them hope you’re enjoying the read, but until we meet again, all— be well, be kind, and happy reading.

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