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The Clockwork Dragon Paperback – 5 Feb 2015
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'Cocktail of dastardly dragons, mechanical and otherwise, wily and determined child characters and a rip roaring adventure' (Jill Bennett)
'Very funny picture book... detailed illustrations adding to the story' (Debbie Williams, Primary Times)
'A storybook land full of humour' (Armadillo Magazine)
'A rollicking and thoroughly entertaining story' (Read it Daddy! book blog)
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The town is being plagued by a fire breathing dragon and luckily a boy, called Max is a master at making clockwork, and a girl called Lizzie is a skilled armourer, get together and create a clockwork dragon who manages to outwit and exile the fire breathing dragon, through guile and cunning.
A well told tale and the illustrations work perfectly with it.
A lovely tale for any young child.
It's a great fun book to read aloud and I thoroughly enjoyed doing so, especially as the tale involves a scary and real dragon being chased off by a bigger, clockwork one driven by the child protagonists. The illustrations by Elys Dolan are good; bright and detailed with lots of things to get your child to spot and point out as you read which is something we enjoy doing.
The book has had a few outings since it has arrived at our household and whilst it looks unlikely to usurp The Gruffalo, Underpants Thunderpants, Green Eggs and Ham and Where The Wild Things Are as my son's main favourites, I can still see us returning to face Flamethrottle on a reasonably regular basis for some time to come.
Target age range is around 3 to 6, and my 4 1/4 year old, who is currently transitioning to 'chapter books', loved it.
It did result in one tricky question: what is clockwork? That took some explaining!
I'm a big fan of picture book illustrations and these ones Elys Dolan are of the high standard I've come to expect. The dragons, both real and mechanical, look brilliant, and Max and Lizzle are a fantastic representation of the medieval time when this story is set. Each page is busy with artwork but it also has more text than in used to seeing in a picture book, making it easier for Jonathan Emmett to tell a full, finished story.
The Clockwork Dragon is recommended for any budding knights or dragon hunters out there, especially ones with an eye for making things. Max and Lizzie are memorable, likeable characters who would make positive role models for any children, and I look forward to their next adventure. Let's hope that Flamethrottle the dragon really does leave them alone for a while!
My son was pretty much "roaring" all of the way through and thought it was very funny when the real dragon was tricked. A lovely and beautifully written and illustrated soft back large childrens book and it looks set to become another bedtime favourite.
That threw me a bit, but once you get beyond that it's a pretty fun book with a simple but original story, two strong characters in the form of the inventor boy and the engineering girl, and a neat trick for young children to see coming before the dragon does. There's also a few universal all-age-group comic references in there, like the 'no cold callers' sign outside the dragon's cave!
Entertaining to read and was asked for three times in a row by my 4 year old!
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