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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747595410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595410
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 0.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debi Gliori is the writer and illustrator of over seventy picture books and novels for children of all ages, including the much-loved 'No Matter What' and the Pure Dead series, recently optioned by Aardman. Ever since she could hold a pencil in her left hand, Debi has loved to draw pictures and make up stories. Nowadays, she works in her light-drenched garden shedquarters, surrounded by books and paints and one inflatable crocodile. A large percentage of Debi's time is spent dreaming up new ideas that she can turn into books. She lives outside Edinburgh with her partner and five children.

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`Debi Gliori's message to `respect all Earth's creatures and cherish the land' is all the more effective for its gentle humour and quirky artwork' --Books for Keeps

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'A powerful and persuasive tale for both children and adults alike.' Leo Hickman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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Format: Hardcover
presented right from the very start by tree-chopping, fire-breathing dragons!

From the author of No Matter What, another powerful message, written in rhyme, with the aim of promoting the message of..... sharing and caring, and working together.... to protect the world we live in, or we will all be extinct......just like the Dragons!

From the dust-jacket flap:-

'When the dragons start spreading all over the place, and their houses and roads use up all the space, they seem set to make a terrible mess of everything.
But is it too late for them to learn to be careful?'

Durable board covers open to 24 high quality pages in the popular 2-page spread format.

Clearly laid out rhyming text, enhanced in places, FOR EFFECT!

Example of text:-

'The trouble with Dragons is...
Dragons make Dragons
and they make some more
till there are wall-to-wall Dragons
making Dragons galore.'

The trouble really is that these are rather uncaring, noisy dragons who chop down forests, and blow out hot air - melting the polar regions and causing flooding.

Brilliantly illustrated, poignant in places.....the pictures portrayed aim to make the reader stop... and look.......and think.

'Say goodbye to the world
into which you were born.
Soon everyone else
will have packed up
and gone.'

Imagine a world full of uncaring, selfish dragons?

But even the dragons stop to ponder......a world with no birds and no bees?

The second half of the book identifies the areas the dragons need to tend to in order to reverse the trend.

'Look after all....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 17 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
I think this book gives an important eco message for young children in a way they can relate to and understand. It is written in a simple way so the eco message is not lost in complicated words. I thought the illustrations were really good, they helped to clarify the eco message for the younger child reading the book. It is important that the adult reading the book with a younger child makes sure they realise that dragons are being used to portray the actions of humans, as not all children may get that link.

I think that it is important that young children learn the importance of being eco, we are all responsible for helping to look after our planet and this book helps get that important message across. If we all do a little bit to help, all those little bits will add up to one big bit - which will make a difference.

I really enjoyed reading this book, even though I was a bit old for it. I liked the style in which it was written and the illustrations suited the text. The only reason I have not given the book 5 stars is because dragons were protrayed as being 'bad' and as all dragon supporters out there will know, dragons are good!

(Posted on behalf of Amy Middlebrook, author of Amy's Moon)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andi on 26 April 2012
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I bought this book after another book by the same author became a firm favourite and as my son loves dragons I thought this may have the same effect. I like the idea of making him aware of environmental issues from a young age but there is nothing subtle about the message here. Basically the dragons are people ruining the planet to the extent they live in houses etc. One of my friends said "It gives dragons a bad name", take that how you will. The artwork is lovely.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pony Girl 2000 on 27 Jan. 2009
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I heard this book was about climate change so bought it out of interest as am in the field. I am ambivalent about modern 'climate change' as a rule because the climate changes all the time, and the world warmed up just as fast in the middle ages. However in this book, the message is general enough to include all the bad things that we are doing to the planet - and there is no doubt about that. Its not patronising either. The illustrations are truely incredible. Even my husband, who is oblivious to childrens books, commented on what a cool book it is. Plus our toddler loves it too, especially counting the dragons.
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To be honest, I think I prefer this book more than my boys do! We initially purchased the book a my older two boys (4 k 5) are big dragon fans. Upon reading the book, it follows a strong message about how the dragons have ruined the world in which they live by using too much of the natural resources, having too many babies(!) and polluting the environment. Good old Santa is even dragged into the mix and made homeless. It draws a parallel to the destructive nature of these dragons on that of our own.

Is it a bit much for young readers? Maybe. My boys understand the message, and it has provided opportunities to broach the subject. I find it a little preachy, but still an enjoyable read. I've given 4 stars, mainly because of some of the tenuous rhyming, that irritates me a little!
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By EKMCronin on 6 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book a number of years ago loving the fact I seemed to have found a fun, colourful book about dragons. Sadly I was a little disappointed. Although the book is beautifully illustrated, styled nicely and has in points a decent bouncy rhythm, there is something missing.

The problem is that instead of heart, this book seems to preach. Now I am aware of a number of books I read as a child that had a moral message, but there was still a story, still a child-like innocence too them. This has none of the subtlety. It is a fair message, but a blunt one, to be more eco-friendly. It's a message I believe in, but I wish the soul hadn't been lost in the process.
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