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A Poor Excuse for a Dragon (Paperback)

| Random House Childrens Books | 8/23/2011

ISBN-10 : 0375868674   ISBN-13 : 9780375868672   List Price : $4.99

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"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.

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.

Tackling a challenging list of tasks to complete in order to become a successful dragon, Fred manages to swallow down three people despite his lack of enthusiasm for doing so and subsequently turns for help to a shepherd, a giant and a witch to get the people out of his tummy. By the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning author of the Benny and Penny series. Simultaneous.

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 0375868674
  • ISBN-13: 9780375868672
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 48
  • Dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.24 (d)