Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer - Sally Warner, Brian Biggs

Ellray Jakes is back! He’s still the smallest kid in Ms. Sanchez’s third-grade class, but this time he’s also Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer (Viking, $5.99 pb/$14.99 hb). The series’ latest installment returns to familiar themes of bullying, but unlike in the previous books, Ellray isn’t the target here. His little sister Alfie is getting picked on instead. What’s a big brother like Ellray to do? As always, Sally Warner nails classroom culture and playground politics. Ellray is a funny, honest, totally relatable guide to elementary school. We’re lucky to have him as a narrator. Both parents and children will find him incredibly fun to root for. Ages 7-10. EMS