A poor excuse for a dragon

by Hayes, Geoffrey.

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When Fred the dragon leaves home he learns that he is not very good at roaring or breathing fire and swallowing people only makes him ill, but with help from a witch, a giant, and a wise boy he finds his true calling.
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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"
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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 Fiction
Beginning Reader
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Picture Book Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Random House Children's Books2011
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience BR
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive READ
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource.
ISBN 9780375899386
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