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Dragonolia [Hardcover]

Chris Barnardo
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Book Description

17 Oct 2011
A collection of Fantastical Stories and Fabulous Dragonry Projects that follow the incredible adventures of Sir Richard Barons, the now famous 19th Century philanthropist, who delighted Victorian Society. His motto, Life is Your Adventure is as true now as it ever was. So why not join us on a wonderful journey through this unique collection of entertaining stories and truly original and absorbing dragon-related craft projects.

Dragonolia makes the perfect gift, bound in a rich traditional red cloth-covered hardback cover with gilt edged pages and an authentic looking Victorian style layout, each of the 14 chapters has a short story (about 1000 - 1400 words) which brings to life a craft project intertwined with it.

Suitable for children from about 8 to adult, with projects to suit any ability from children working alone to projects that will be fun to do together.

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Little Black Dog; First edition (17 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904967248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904967248
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is, first of all, a rather beautiful book to behold. The red cloth hardback cover with the curled-up golden dragon on the front immediately make you want to pick it up and look inside! It's also a rather unusual book, being a mix of both fiction and non-fiction, so when you begin it you're initially not quite sure what you're looking at. As you read on you discover that there's a story running throughout by Sir Richard Barons, a famous dragon hunter, and with each story he tells there is also a craft project of something related to make!

There are fourteen projects in all ranging from simple items that you can print out from the related website through to more complicated tasks to make a dragon bottle stopper or a wizard's wand. Because of the complexity of some of the projects the book is probably best for children aged at least eight, though if you've a very keen little crafter then they could give the projects a go, whilst being heavily supervised by an adult! If your house is already equipped with glue guns and saved-up cardboard boxes then this is probably your ideal book, and there's lots of fun to be had making the various different items.

I liked the unusual style of this book, with the stories inserted right within the project instructions. It means that you can still get enjoyment from reading the book, even if you're not ready to sit down and make an item yet. It also makes the items you make more interesting since they're related to the story you've just read, giving everything a magical feel. I liked the range of projects apart from the fact that there are three items all relating to dragon eggs although I suppose it's tricky to come up with so many craft ideas all linked to the dragon theme. There are some that would take quite some time and effort to make, but then there are also easier items that would be quicker to make if you had less time. The book works equally well for boys or girls, and would be a nice weekend sort of book, or one for those long school holidays when you've run out of things to occupy the children with! It's such a beautifully presented book too that it would also make a nice gift for any crafty kids you know. --Ruth Ng,, November 2011

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Birthday Present 31 Oct 2011
I bought this for my niece's birthday last week. She's a bit of a Harry Potter nut (she's 9) and I thought this might be up her street.

She thought the book was really fun to read. We've not had a go at too many of the projects yet, but the magic wand was pretty easy to make and very enjoyable. I've had a look at the other items and I imagine they'll be similarly fun to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love it! 31 Oct 2011
I originally bought this book for my four year old daughter, seeing as she's currently in this phase of constantly making things out of paper, glue and paint, and she absolutely loves it.

She got my older daughter (she's eight) to help her make one of the items (the Dreamcatcher) as she couldn't manage it on her own and my older daughter ended up falling in love with the book herself!

The two of them have been sitting together for the past two nights (since they first opened it) making things from the book, and then reading the stories together afterwards. I've never seen my girls get along so well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - perfect for Christmas 31 Oct 2011
This book is beautifully written and it's been one of few that I can say I've enjoyed reading with my daughter as much as she has. It's a great idea to include craft projects throughout too, which makes the story all the more engaging when you're holding the wizards' wand, filigree egg or a dragonhide pouch.

I ordered it last week for her and she hasn't put it down. She's taken it her friend's so they can make the projects together too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Crafty 28 Oct 2011
A beautifully told book that combines lovely stories about Sir Richard Barons' adventures with brilliant craft projects which we've made up with our children over the holiday.

My personal favourite project is how to make a Wizards' Wand - a must for fans of fantasy and other muggles out there.

Good luck to Richard on his future travels. Please say a "hello" to Angeline the Welsh Dragon next time you see her!

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