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A poor excuse for a dragon

by Hayes, Geoffrey.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 13 of 16 copies
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Bridgeville Public Library Easy Reader JUV E HAY
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CLP - Brookline Children's Readers j FICTION Hayes
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Fiction J F HAY
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Summary

"Punchy dialogue and compact sentences should make this a read-aloud delight." --Publishers Weekly

"Part-slapstick, part-fairy tale, the gently humorous plot has enough twists and turns to keep newly independent readers engaged. "--School Library Journal

Fred the dragon has a list of tasks he must complete in order to be a successful dragon--none of which comes naturally. But he's determined to make #5--eat people--work. Before you can say "pass the salt" he's gobbled up three people even though he doesn't have the stomach for it. Luckily a local shepherd, with the help of a giant and a witch, knows how to cure what ails him and get those pesky people out of his belly. It's happily-ever-after for everyone in ways you'd never expect.

Geisel award-winning author/illustrator Geoffrey Hayes is a stepped reader maestro. The common threads between his wildly popular Uncle Tooth and Otto SIRs and the more recent Benny and Penny series (Toon Books) are clear and constant. The art is adorable, the characters are bursting with personality, and the stories are humorously subversive. From marauding pirates to misbehaving mice to a dragon who swallows people whole (and then continues to communicate with them in his belly!), Geoffrey always hits that sweet spot for the stepped reader audience--easy to decode, illustrative tales that tickle the funnybone.




From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Fred the dragon grows up, his mom and pop bid him farewell and hand him a list of things good dragons do: Run amok / Eat people / Roar / Breathe fire / Act scary. Fred finds running amok is exhausting. And although it's a daunting challenge for a fellow who prefers pies, he swallows a cook, a princess, and a bird whole. When they start clamoring to get out, indigestion sets in, and the dragon has second thoughts. After a witch, a giant, and a boy rescue the captives, the dragon apologizes, and the princess offers him a job protecting the castle. With action, humor, and cartoonlike illustrations, this colorful book from the Step into Reading series will appeal to preschoolers as well as newly independent readers. Just as the story has the quirky quality of make believe, the characters in the colorful illustrations have the childlike charm of mismatched stuffed toys and dolls brought to life. A pleasing adventure from the creator of the Benny and Penny books.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This jolly Step into Reading title stars a less-than ferocious dragon who leaves home with a to-do list and a directive from his father: "Make us proud of you." Fred's instructions seem simple enough-run amok, eat people, roar, breathe fire, act scary-but prove difficult to pull off. He gets dizzy when he tries to run amok, the castle cook tells him his roar "sounds like a meow," and the princess announces that the fire he breathes "looks like a birthday candle." But Fred is good at eating people, and with a smug "I'll show you," he swallows the cook, princess, and a singing bird whole, which makes his stomach ache. With the help of a witch, a giant, and a shepherd boy, Fred's victims are freed, and he happily takes up residence in the castle moat. Punchy dialogue (castle cook Mrs. Green is, in particular, a spitfire) and compact sentences should make this a read-aloud delight, while Hayes's (the Benny and Penny books) cartoons, in which these classic fairy tale characters resemble toys, add significant fun of their own. Ages 7-9. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Step into reading.
Subjects Dragons -- Juvenile fiction.
Dragons -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House,2011
Language English
Description 47 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9780375968679 (lib. bdg.)
0375968679 (lib. bdg.)
9780375871801 (hbk.)
0375871802 (hbk.)
9780375868672 (trade pbk.)
0375868674 (trade pbk.)
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