Book Review: Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon by Russ Towne

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Review: Five (5) stars — what a fantastic children’s book! Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon, published in 2017, is my second read from Russ Towne. I’m not sure I can decide which of the two I like better, but both are at the top of their genre. When I first read this picture/chapter book, my immediate reaction was that it resembled at a very high level the story of Beowulf. I say this only because it’s about a village trying to protect itself from a powerful and scary monster, but in truth, it feels apropos on other levels given I could see this book being a bit of a classic in its own right.

The writing is clean, direct, funny, memorable and solid from all angles. The illustrations are captivating; I found myself looking at them twice — once before I read the page, then after I finished to see what I had missed the first time. Alex is an adorable kid whose bravery and modesty are a lesson we should all learn; however, it is the queen who proves to everyone what moral we should be taking away from the book. She helps school her own townspeople in how to best work together to accomplish a goal. And as readers, we will very quickly learn how not to judge a book by its cover. (By the way, the cover of this one is brilliant. It will make you laugh throughout the story as you see what unfolds in this little quest to save a village!)

There are tons of children’s books available these days, and many of them are good. But when you want to select the best ones for your kids or to give as gifts, you want to know it’s a perfect fit and a truly remarkable read before you buy it. I’ve no doubt in my mind that this book and author will do well. There’s a beauty and truth in the stories he tells without ever feeling formal or educational. The balance between a cozy read in a big comfy chair and an introductory discussion on how to be a good person is quite strong. That’s where this author strikes gold.

I encourage you to read this book, or even one of Towne’s others, as you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to sample more this year. I also look forward to sharing this one with some family members soon, too.


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon by Russ Towne

    N. N. Light said:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    This looks sooo good! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 1, 2018 at 3:34 PM

      It’s the second I’ve read, and the stories are so rich. A definite share / recommend to read with kids. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    russtowne said:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Reblogged this on Russ Towne's A Grateful Man and commented:
    I was delighted to read Jay’s comments about “Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon.” Thank you, Jay!

    Liked by 2 people

    russtowne said:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Thank you for your thoughtful, kind, and generous review of “Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon,” Jay!

    Liked by 2 people

    rugby843 said:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Hi, J! Just checking in to see how you’re doing. Hope it gets better every day.🤗

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 1, 2018 at 4:18 PM

      Hi. Thank you. It’s been two weeks today. I was doing well, but today was a bit of a downer. I found a way to try and focus on the positive by working with a friend to create a memory, and that’s helped. All-in-all, I’m doing okay. I am almost back into a routine and able to focus on normal day-in and day-out things. Reading has helped… 17 books in January! Thank you so much for checking in. I hope you are doing well, too.?

      Liked by 1 person

        rugby843 said:
        February 1, 2018 at 4:20 PM

        I can’t imagine reading that many books in a month. Glad for you. Yes, fine here, thanks.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Thanks for this suggestion Jay.

    Liked by 1 person

    misifusa said:
    February 1, 2018 at 9:22 PM

    Yay! I love Russ Towne’s books!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 1, 2018 at 9:23 PM

      Yes! I’m so glad someone connected me with his work! 🙂


        misifusa said:
        February 1, 2018 at 9:27 PM

        Me too! He’s a great friend as well!

        Liked by 1 person

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