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The Dragon Who Couldn't Do Dragony Things (Little Dragon) Paperback – 5 Sep 2005


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zero to Ten (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840893443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840893441
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Little Dragon can't do anything. He can't fly. He can't scare people. He can't breathe fire. No matter how hard he tries, he can't do anything a dragon should be able to do. So he starts to cry, and cry and cry. Until the next morning, there is a knock at the door, and a little boy called Jago has something amazing to tell him. Maybe there is something special about him after all? The fabulous illustrations throughout this book about accepting differences in people and finding the things that make us unique, will have readers young and old hooked from the start!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2005
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On the second to last page it says "and he never did get to fly." On the very next page it says, "And that summer, he flew for the very first time."
The accompanying picture looks like a view through a door window-at first we thought it was the door to the bank vault that all the gold had been put into. But it's meant to be a close-up of the family and the dragon on a plane, hence, he got to fly. But it grates against the previous statement, and the picture took a while to work out.
This interrupted the flow of the story and it's important to have that flow to keep the child's attention. This could have been solved simply by a final picture of the whole plane, with the dragon waving from the window. But instead the story ends here.
It's a bad sign for the book when you turn the last page and everyone goes "Oh!" because we were expecting more. It left a disappointing thread hanging for a few minutes, till we had worked out what the last picture was about. It needs a better resolution.
Though the illustrations are good (though not fantastic by any means) I'm afraid I don't think the book has been picked up since its first reading. Children remember the experience of reading, and if they like the feelings they associate with a book they will return to it time and time again. Likewise, if they remember being disappointed or confused, they won't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Buckworth on 19 Jun. 2006
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Our 3 year old has borrowed this from the library repeatedly. So much so we are buying it! It has been read every night for the last month or so!
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