Book cover of Kenny and the Dragon


Join the Barrington community in reading this year's Book of the Summer: Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi. 


What do you do when your new best buddy has been designated a scourge by the community and marked for imminent extermination? Just ask Kenny Rabbit. When the simple folks in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook catch wind that there's a dragon running loose in the countryside, they get the wrong idea and the stage is set for a fight to the death. So it's up to Kenny to give his neighbors front-row seats to one of the best-known battles in history - the legendary showdown between St. George and the dragon - without losing a friend in the fray.

New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi puts a fun-filled, theatrical spin on Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of subterfuge and showmanship with this lighthearted romp.

Follow along on a fantasy adventure with book-loving Kenny Rabbit in this illustrated family read-aloud!

Find Kenny & the Dragon in print, e-book, and audiobook formats.

Discussion Questions:

Is Kenny's first impression of Grahame what he expected it to be? 

Why did the townspeople want George to battle Grahame when they didn't know him yet?

Do you think that Kenny and Grahame still would have been friends if they hadn't bonded over books?

There are many books discussed that Kenny and Grahame both like, including The Reluctant Dragon, which is the book Kenny & the Dragon was based on. They mention The Wind in the Willows, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and some stories from Hans Christian Andersen. Have you read any of these books? Did you notice elements from other stories?

Do some research about what dragons are like in different cultures. How do you think Grahame compares to legends of dragons from eastern or western mythologies?

Friendship is an important theme in the book. Did the friendships make an impact on other characters?

Round button image with cover of Kenny and the Dragon

Book of the Summer Badge:

Read the book and complete suggested activities to earn our Book of the Summer Badge! Sign up for Summer Reading today!


  1. Read the Book of the Summer, Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi. 
  2. Write a review for Kenny & the Dragon. What did you think of it?
  3. Read another book by Tony DiTerlizzi. What did you read?
  4. Read another book about dragons. What did you read?
  5. Draw a picture of a dragon. Send it to us at!
  6. Kenny's dad is a farmer. Explore a farm! Where did you go?
  7. Have a picnic! What did you pack?
  8. Learn about knights! What did you learn?
  9. Write a poem! Share it with us!

More To Explore:

Tony DiTerlizzi's website. Find other books he and his wife has written in our collection.

Kenny & the Dragon read-alikes.

 Cartoon dragon smiling at a bunny