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Green Smoke (Puffin Books) Paperback – Illustrated, Apr 1967


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (April 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140302972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140302974
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,047,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1972 Puffin paperback

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By kirok1 on 18 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was 7 during a holiday, near Padstow, where the tale is set.
It's about a young girl called Susan who meets a wonderful dragon in a cave at Constantine bay, near Padstow. (She is also on holiday, from St.Albans).
The friendship develops and he tells her marvellous stories of Arthur and his knights, of creatures and magical happenings. On one or two occasions the dragon even takes her to meet a friend or two.
The set is presently out of print, which is a great shame. I've just begun reading my copy to my son, who, though 4, loves to hear about dragons.
It may be a little twee for some of the more aggressively developed children of today. But as a tale of friendship it is a delight.
Give up the Gameboy, switch off the PC and pick up a book. If you're a child, you could do worse than this. If you're an adult, it may remind you of how childhood should be, innocence and happiness, without the dreadful woes and horrors that the real world can bring.
In case you're wondering:-
BK1: Green Smoke
BK2: Dragon in danger.
BK3: The dragon's quest. (Best of all, set in Arthurian times).
BK4: Dragon in the harbour.
If you can find them, buy them, at any cost.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hazera Forth on 14 July 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
This is the first book I read from cover to cover as a child without being told to and I have always remembered the dragon. It was a perfect introduction to reading for 7 to 10 year olds and it's a shame it's so hard to find now. Rosemary Manning really knows how the imagination of little girls works and I was totally immersed in the Arthurian legends she used in the narrative. I would love to read this book again if I could find it. (I am 27 now). I want my children (when they get here) to read this book too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
I have not read "Green Smoke" since I was a child, but having a literate 8-year old son who loves dragon stories, I have been racking my brains to remember the charming story of Susan, a little girl from St Aubyns (Cornwall?), who, in the school holidays, befriends a dragon who breathes not fire, but green smoke.
And this is it.
"Green Smoke" is not a fast-moving adventure story of scaly monsters, but a gentle tale of a unique friendship, and being set in the second half of the 20th century, its message seems to be that, even though times change, children, essentially, do not.
At least, that's how I remember it, from 25 years ago. When I have read it again, I may update the review. It *must* be a good read, because I remember taking it out of the library at least three times...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nik on 15 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I have a 6 year old girl who loves merlin and read one of your previous reviews. It made me think she might enjoy the book and she did. Absolutely loved it and we ended up enduring several puppet shows based on the book afterwards! It's quite steady and old-style without being plodding. We live in Cornwall so she could just imagine finding a dragon in one of the caves in beaches near us.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
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This book started me off on my way to being a dragon lover, I'm now 23 and read this when I was about 9/10.
Young girl on holiday in Cornwall meets a dragon, this is not ordinary knight eating dragon - well he doesn't eat knights anymore! It's a fun book generally, girl on holiday on her own with parents finds a friend -a _very_ good friend who takes her on adventures ....but she always has to be home for tea !! I share the name with this girl and I wanted to be her!
It's not quite fantasy but it's good to start off with, not a very thick book, but I've read it over and over again.
There's adventures and meeting mermaids, its not king arthurs era although the dragon was apparently around in the days of King Arthur. He's a modern day dragon who doesn't like tourists unless they leave him food.He's very polite and well mannered - a little like winnie the pooh.
It's not an overly long book, but there are two other books that accompany it, another with Susan the girl and one based in the dragon's king arthur days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ironingman on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
My mother used to read "Green Smoke" and all the other R Dragon stories to my brother and I at bed-time. The first page of "Green smoke" is one of the best pieces of child-orientated descriptive writing I've seen in a long while.

"I'm for Constantine Bay"!!!!!!!

You've just got to read this book. And if you can't read, then look at the wonderful pictures!
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By Tracey C on 12 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Susan is exploring the beach on her Cornish holiday when she sees a puff of green smoke coming from one of the caves. And so she meets R. Dragon (sneezing from investigating an over-peppered hardboiled egg left by a picnicker).

Sue makes friends with the Dragon by bringing him sugar buns (much nicer than picnic leftovers) and he tells her tales of mermaids, elves, giants and his time at the court of King Arthur. He also takes her stargazing, for a flight over Cornwall and introduces her to some of his magical friends.

A wonderful tale and a reminder of more carefree times when eight year olds could wander off for the afternoon and explore a beach on their own...

I had very fond memories of reading this as a girl so bought for my eight year old daughter who luckily loves it too.

Wish the follow up "Dragon in Danger" was also back in print.
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