- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Trouble with Dragons Paperback – 6 Jul 2009
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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
'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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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....Read more ›
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)
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read for my little one who loves the story. A clever and gentle way of showing how the dragons are destroying the planet with their extravagent living and realise just... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorraine Blundell
Excellent highly recommend. Fantastic way to explain the global warming situation to children and get them thinkingPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A colourful and well written story rhyme that my granddaughter loves to be read at bedtime. It has a good message about how we can help save the planet.Published 5 months ago by katy rose
Absolutely fabulous book. Great way to teach sustainability to little ones in a very colourful book with good use of rhyme. I really enjoy reading this to my so. At bedtime.Published 5 months ago by Titch
A really good story, rhyming too which I love. We had lots of discussion about who the dragons really were. Brilliant.Published 10 months ago by Goldbeaver
I adore Debi Gliori and I am a vegetarian myself. And I really love the activism and the spreading of ideas I like. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tanja Russita
Picked this up as a huge fan of 'no matter what' by the same author. Really dissapointed though. Whilst the artwork's lovely the rhythm is clunky. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dunkatron