The Mysterious Misadventures of Foy Rin Jin: A Decidedly Dysfunctional Dragon

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Foy Rin Jin is a huge, fierce, bright-red dragon who breathes water instead of fire, a disaster for any self-respecting dragon. So he leaves the dragon lair in disgrace to work on his problem in the human world. When he accidentally puts out a house fire by breathing water on it, however, he becomes a hero despite himself, and if you say his name out loud very fast a few times, some readers may think that's how we got the name for other shiny red water-spraying fire stoppers. This is a funny and different picture book for anyone who ever worried about not fitting in.

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Jim Friedman is a songwriter and playwright living in New York City. The Mysterious Misadventures of Foy Rin Jin is his first picture book.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-An amusing and wisecracking tale of a big, red, shiny dragon who breathes water instead of fire. Foy Rin Jin runs away from Dragon Plateau and the well-meaning but hurtful silence of his fellow dragons who won't openly acknowledge his problem. In the unfamiliar land of LowLow Flateau, populated with humans, he finally gains acceptance, and even adulation, because of his unique trait (though he never stops aspiring to breathe fire). Youngsters will be attracted to the vivid color and bold, loose line work of the illustrations, and to the snappy dialogue and smart-alecky retorts appearing in dialogue balloons ("Get a grip"). There is a lot of text to wade through here. Despite the lightheartedness of the plot and eye-catching illustrations, younger children may grow restless before the punch line is revealed in a postscript (hint: what's red and puts out fires and sounds like "foy rin jin?").
Mary Ann Carcich, Suffolk County Community College Library, Riverhead, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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