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The Dragon Machine Hardcover – May 2003

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471141
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.1 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"another atmospheric tale" Books for the Young; "a wonderful witty twist to this particular dragon's tail" The Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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George noticed his first real dragon on a rainy Thursday. Read the first page
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked this up while browsing in a book shop the other day. It stood out from the ranks of brightly-coloured picture books because of an ethereal twilight quality to its illustrations. George see dragons wherever he goes, and if the reader looks carefully, they too will spot tails from pockets, and dragons perched on chimney pots. The dragons begin to follow George around causing trouble and it's time for him to return them to great wilderness from whence they came. So he builds a beautiful dragon-shaped machine for them to follow home. And then George goes home leaving thoughts of dragons behind.... or has he? It's a gentle story which has been made into something rather special by the beautiful imaginative presentation and my children love it. Perfect for ages 2-5ish.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I first borrowed this book from the library and we all loved it so much: I had to buy it. My children, six and four, loved the illustrations, which are dreamlike and involving. The story is touching, funny and has a wonderful twist at the end. The words are relativly simple, but as it is well written, it can be enjoyed on many levels. I would have thought anyone who loved dragons, of any age, would find this book charming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rhi on 9 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
A wonderful story of a lonely little boy called George and his love of dragons. The mischievious dragons become too difficult for George to look after so he builds a flying dragon machine and takes the dragons back to their home land. George is reunited with his family after quite an adventure and realises that he is greatly loved and doesn't need to feel lonely. The background music is the key to the atmosphere of the book. Beautifully and sensitively written, you imagine that you are right there with George in his dragon machine. We often take the CD on car journeys as it's become a favourite of my 6 year old. It's so easy to imagine the illustrations in the book by listening to the music and narration. A real winner!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mama Roxyanna on 19 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
The tone of this book is very sad & dreary. The illustrations are very dark and look like they are aimed at an older child, but the words are very simple as if aimed at a younger child. Our son is almost 3 years old and absolutely adores dragons, so he enjoys pointing out the hidden dragons on each page and he enjoys the twist at the end. However, when I first read it I almost didn't continue as I felt it was far too negative. George goes "unseen, ignored and overlooked" - seriously this child is totally neglected!! George basically has to run away for his parents to start paying attention to him, not a very good message to send to young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Bell on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book with a 'hidden' message for children (and adults I suppose!). George sees dragons everywhere, but feels that they go unnoticed to everyone but him. Eventually the dragons start to cause problems for George, which he must explain, until he realises that they must be returned to their own 'land'. Only when he can help them to leave can George start to feel 'noticed' himself! Wonderful illustrations too!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gaynor on 6 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
LOvely story especially for those children who like dragons. Illustrations are wonderful and will capture the imagination of any child.
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By margaret on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
A beautifully illustrated book about a lonely young boy (George) and his experiences with some badly behaved dragons. George has to help the dragons find their way home before they are discovered and so goes about building a flying 'Dragon Machine'. The ensuing adventure (and George's departure) triggers events which result in George's lonely existence being changed forever. Wayne Anderson's stunning illustrations work beautifully with Helen Ward's magical, heart-warming story. This is a must-have book for children and adults alike.
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By nuttynurse on 15 July 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is enchanting, beautiful illustrations, great sound effects and great story teller (CD). I am a nursery nurse, and my group of 3-5 yr olds absolutely love it! They ask me to read it over and over again, and we are now going to try and make a Dragon Machine!! It has lead to all sorts of acitivities and imaginary play! Fab book! I highly reccomend it.
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