Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold

By Mark Leiknes (Author)

Series Quest Kids


Pub Date 9/13/2022

ISBN 9781454946250

Format Hardcover



Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold

by Mark Leiknes
 Comics artist Mark Leiknes delivers a laugh-out-loud story set in a fantastic world of dragons, rock creatures, and golden loungewear.
The Quest Kids are ready for their first real quest. This time, they won’t oversleep, they won’t be put off by a little rain, and they won’t accidentally burn down the village that hired them. All they have to do is find the Golden-Fleeced Rage Beast, shave it, and make a really nice golden tracksuit to appease a furious dragon. Simple, right?
Meet the Quest Kids crew: Gil, a wizard (well, wizard in training . . . the beard isn’t his); Terra, a 700-year-old elf kid; Boulder, a rock troll who is more of a cook than a fighter; Ash, a flatulent pig-dog-maybe-lizard hybrid; and, Ned, the intrepid and overly optimistic leader with his own personal quest to find his missing parents. With humor, magic, mystery, and at least one acid swamp filled with skeletal alligators, Quest Kids and the Dragon Pants of Gold is a richly illustrated saga of fantasy friendship for readers from all kingdoms! 
“Young readers dipping their toes into fantasy realms will find plenty to enjoy here….The illustrations bounce along as quickly as the text, making this a bubbly read, one that quickly grabs attention and doesn’t require much hand-holding.... A rip-roaring good time.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Begin with a wizard, add a 100-year-old elf, a rock troll named Boulder who loves to cook, and a pig-dog-maybe-lizard. Give them a brave leader and you’ve got the Quest Kids . . . . Lively format.” —Twin Cities Pioneer Press -

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Mark Leiknes lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and three kids. He produced a nationally syndicated comic strip (Cow & Boy) for eight years and now he writes and illustrates books for kids. Mark studied graphic design in college and honed his comedic chops studying improv and sketch comedy at the acclaimed Groundlings School. Visit him online at

Title Details

Pages 336 pages, b-w illus. throughout

Trim 5.5 x 8 x 0 Inches

Territories WENG

Category Middle Grade Fiction

Age Range 8 to 12