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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; New title edition (April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618543597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618543595
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Not the Same... 10 Nov. 2005
By Lenora Heikkinen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The original 1987 release of this book is worth 5 stars, make no mistake. The artwork is still worth 5 stars.

And when I saw it was out again, in a new version, I didn't look past the pictures before I bought it and ran it home.

Then I started reading. And I knew in my bones it couldn't be the same book. I would never have treasured a book that read this badly. So I compared it to a library copy of the original.

Though the authors are the same for this new release and for the original release, most of the text has changed, and for the worse in every case.

Many readers, working only from old memories (If they've seen the book before at all) will only notice that Childe Wynde has been renamed Prince Richard. The new version is shorter, but clumsier. the writing that used to flow ends up awkward. It also talks down to the reader, explaining and repeating itself where the original didn't.

One illustration has also been replaced (The climax page, which is also used as the new cover art) with a similar but inferior version. The rest are not only left alone, the colours are redone, a bit fresher and crisper. I'll grant them that.

Look for the original release. Pay more if you have to. The original is worth it. This is a cheap imitation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
an enjoyable break from the Disney princesses 29 Jan. 2008
By reading teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter is a princess crazy preschooler. I am a mom who is tired of the Disney princesses. This book was a great break. The pictures are lovely. There is both a male and female main character. The dragon is not overly cruel and there is limited violence. The story follows the typical fairy tale story pattern which makes it easy to talk about similarities and differences to other books. I highly recommend the book.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not Loathsome at all! 28 May 2005
By Rune reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was so pleased to see this book back in print!

I raised my children on a healthy diet of traditional fairytales and beautiful art. This book was one of their favorites. We started searching for it when the grandchildren began to arrive, but couldn't find it. Somewhere along the course of years our copy had disappeared and though everyone in the family knew the tale by heart, we couldn't remember the title. (In our house it was simply known as "The Dragon book"--as though it were the ONLY book about a dragon.)

I stumbled across the Amazon listing and had it on my wish list for a couple of months before it was actually released. When the Amazon copy arrived, I sat down to read the cherished story and was transported not only to "Once upon a time", but to a more recent time when my children and I would read the book together and closely examine the pictures for a wealth of details.

This is a lovely book. David Wiesner's art is wonderful and the tale is told in a straightforward manner that would do a medieval bard proud. If you love fairytales or dragons, you will not be disappointed by the Loathsome Dragon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Outdated 8 Oct. 2013
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this story outdated. It is the same old tale- an evil stepmother (because of course they can never be kind) who tricks the king into marrying her and turns the daughter into a dragon. The brother comes and saves her and the family lives happily ever after....blah...blah. I purchased this book for my son (4 years old) and he did not like nor did he understand why a stepmother would turn the princess into a dragon. Try to explain that she was jealous of the relationship the father had with his children. What type of message does this send to children?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A traditional English fairy tale revolving around dragons, wicked stepmothers, a prince and evil enchantment 6 July 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Take a traditional English fairy tale revolving around dragons, wicked stepmothers, a prince and evil enchantment, add gorgeous paintings by David Wiesner, and retell the package for young readers with rudimentary skills and you have all the elements of a favorite book in The Loathsome Dragon. The story has the same basic structure but is more accessible to the younger audiences, here.
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