They alert us when OverDrive services are not working as expected. Love this magical book. Really made me giggle. Illustrations were brilliant and really helped set the scene. The illustrations are particularly well suited to the text and really help to bring the book to life. If you are a fan of the Jack Brenin series of books, this book is a must.
It tells of the various dragons, their family members, traits, and is full of the most wonderful illustrations. Magnificent writing. Surely Catherine should be the next J K Rowling. But it's hard to get in my trade [being a witch]. I should like some one to love me. I want to find out new things that nobody has thought of but me. Children and adults should enjoy them. Feb 14, R. This book is a collection of stories on dragon, some princesses, and a few evil uncles.
However, they aren't the cliched, cold porridge plots we typically think of. Nesbitt has such a charming, informal way of writing. I fell in love with her style in the first two sentences. She condemns their actions verbally but the p This book is a collection of stories on dragon, some princesses, and a few evil uncles. This is a cute little collection of stories about dragons. There's a nice range of dragons here, in terms of color and type, from a classic red fire-breather to a dragon made of ice to a few that really follow the old term "wurm" for dragon.
Of course, all of the dragons are rather nasty, but that's to be expected from Western dragons, especially in a book written a hundred years ago. Friendly dragons are, at least in some ways, a more recent trend.
The Book of Dragons (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press)
In terms of genre, there's a mix of fairy tale This is a cute little collection of stories about dragons. In terms of genre, there's a mix of fairy tales and just so stories, along with one or two stories that are set in contemporary times. I don't think I've ever read this book before, and yet I did recognize the one about the plague of dragons bothering England. I distinctly remember loving the idea of the Universal Taproom when I was a kid. There are some other imaginative ideas here, including a book of beasts that can bring the beasts to life, and an island where the size of everything is reversed from normal because it spun the wrong way around when the world was born.
There was one story I wish had a self-saving princess, because it seemed ripe for that sort of thing, and I'm tempted to try writing a riff on it as a result. All in all, this was a fun way to while away a few hours, and I'm sure any kid who's a fan of dragons would love this collection. Each story can be read as a stand alone. These stories are great for kids and fun for adults too. The Book of Beasts — This is one of the stories I have previously listened to and reviewed.
The Book of Dragons (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press) : E Nesbit :
It was just as good the second time around. The child king Lionel finds a book once owned by one of his distant grandsires. Like all good kids, he plays with it and sets a giant butterfly free. A hippogriff and manticore come into play too! This tale takes place in Rotundia where all the sizes are backwards and a dragon has shown up that wants a princess as a present.
By the way, keep your eye on Uncle James. He may not be trustworthy!
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It starts with young Effie getting something in her eye and that something is a teensy tiny dragon! Go ahead, squeal in love and excitement. I know I did. However, these small dragons keep popping up throughout the land and they are starting to wreak havoc. Now Effie and her friend Harry have to find a way to reduce the number of dragons. Now toss in an ice dragon. Lastly, make room for two adventurous kids, George and Jane, who just wanted to see the Northern Lights. This story was actually a little gruesome because it has a bit of a body count.
A childless Queen goes to an old witch begging for a child and the witch takes her jewels and uses them to whip up a baby girl. The Queen is totally satisfied but the King wanted a boy. So obviously, that makes a wedge between the couple. When the daughter reaches a certain age, he banishes her to an island that is protected by big beasties, like a dragon. Her mother, the Queen, and the witch both make sacrifices to make it possible for her to one day be rescued.
I liked that the story hinged upon the love for an old crone. George, a famous dragon slayer. Granddaughter Sabrinetta has got some skills on her which is a good thing because her unscrupulous cousin, Prince Tiresome, tosses her out of the dragon-proof tower to deal with the fiery dragon.
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Luckily she has a great friend, Elfin the pigkeeper, who can help her. John is a blacksmith and he and his wife have a new baby that cries often and loudly. Yet even with that intermittent noise, John has noticed an odd sound coming from the basement. He finally has to go down there for coal and he meets this dragon that needs rivets to repair his wing. Now John has to outsmart this dragon and that loud baby gets to play a key role in the subterfuge.
It was clever and fun. This is the tale of young Edmond, who was filled to the brim with curiosity, so much so that he often irritated his elders. But not his loving and doting grandmother. Edmond decides to explore the nearby mountains and hears some very odd sounds. He meets and helps a mythical beast, a manticore, who rewards him by telling him magnificent tales. This was a great little tale and I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed this one as the tale has this underlying current about the value of learning things for oneself.
Tradition requires the princess to be rescued from the dragon by a prince. However, this princess would much rather rely on her own fencing skills. This prince is up for doing something different. Why should he have to do all the hard work? The Narration: Karen Krause does such a lovely job with this classic. Her little kid voices are so believable yet she is also great at doing grumpy elderly characters as well.
Her voices for the various beasts are also fun. You can tell that she enjoyed narrating these tales as much as I enjoyed listening to them.
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Great performance all around! Sep 13, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy , ya-children. Very original, bite-sized stories featuring dragons of all sorts. All are directed to children but there's plenty of sly winking for their parents.
Highlights: a trip to the arctic to free the ice dragon curled around the north pole, a witch joining forces with the queen she cursed to take down a lousy husband, and all of England being pummeled with tiny dragons on account of especially sunny weather. View 1 comment. Feb 28, Cynthia Egbert rated it it was amazing Shelves: library.
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Indeed everyone was rich, and there were no more poor people in the town. And they all got rich without working, which is very wrong; but the dragon had never been to school, as you have, so he knew no better. Nesbit never ceases to delight and impress. These eight stories are some of the most fun I have had in a long time. Jun 23, Shiloah rated it it was amazing Shelves: personal-reading-challenge , read-as-a-family , classic-childrens-storybooks , childrens-storybooks. Read as a family. I loved this book! I have a fondness for her writing. She talks of the mother nursing her baby, the dragon curls up after eating the city like your cat curls up after eating a mouse.
Jul 19, Theresa rated it it was amazing. Jenny and I very much enjoyed reading this book together. I read a chapter a day and she couldn't wait until it was time for her next Dragon story. I have to admit I felt the same way! Interesting and atypical stories, charming language, great book. May 09, Trace rated it it was amazing Shelves: luke-is-reading-on-his-own. Luke's review: This was a book of stories about several different dragons. My favorite chapter was called the Dragon Tamers and it was about a wild dragon whose wings were iron and when he became tame, he turned into a very large cat.
Jul 01, Lilac Mohr rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-alouds. Nesbit is a master story-teller. Each one of the eight dragon stories in this book is unique and creative. Our entire family loved it! Feb 08, Alysia rated it really liked it Shelves: to-read-with-kids. We loved this book! It had the kids and mom and dad rolling on the floor laughing in spots, and totally engrossed. Such a fun read. Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. Young Adult. Science Fiction Fantasy. About E. Edith Nesbit married name Edith Bland; 15 August — 4 May was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec Edith Nesbit married name Edith Bland; 15 August — 4 May was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E.
She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connected to the Labour Party. Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, Surrey, the daughter of agricultural chemist and schoolmaster John Collis Nesbit. The death of her father when she was four and the continuing ill health of her sister meant that Nesbit had a transitory childhood, her family moving across Europe in search of healthy climates only to return to England for financial reasons. Nesbit therefore spent her childhood attaining an education from whatever sources were available - local grammars, the occasional boarding school but mainly through reading.
At 17 her family finally settled in London and aged 19, Nesbit met Hubert Bland, a political activist and writer. They became lovers and when Nesbit found she was pregnant they became engaged, marrying in April After this scandalous for Victorian society beginning, the marriage would be an unconventional one.
Initially, the couple lived separately - Nesbit with her family and Bland with his mother and her live-in companion Maggie Doran. Nesbit discovered a few months into the marriage that Bland had been conducting an affair with Doran, fathering a child with her and previously promising to marry her. Though they argued ferociously Nesbit did not end the marriage, choosing instead to move in properly with her husband and become friends with Doran.
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