In this fifteenth book of the series Rascal is scared of a scary shadow. All the dragons are scared of scary shadows! But Rascal finds a way to let the light in.
In Ben's world, dragons exist like dogs and fulfil all the doggy functions with dragon overlays like having two heads or being able to fly and breathe fire. These peculiarities go unremarked. Everything else in the world is normal (or as normal as Paul Jennings ever gets, let's face it).
The text makes use of repetition, phonically regular words and building on meaning to aid ease of reading in these early chapter books.
NB Paul Jennings discusses how to use the Rascal books with beginner readers in his guide for parents: The Reading Bug … and How You Can Help Your Child to Catch It
Read a Rascal story to your children and before long they'll read it to you.