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The Dragon Who Couldn't Do Dragony Things (Little Dragon) Paperback – 5 Sep 2005
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Little Dragon can't do anything. He can't fly. He can't scare people. He can't breathe fire. No matter how hard he tries, he can't do anything a dragon should be able to do. So he starts to cry, and cry and cry. Until the next morning, there is a knock at the door, and a little boy called Jago has something amazing to tell him. Maybe there is something special about him after all? The fabulous illustrations throughout this book about accepting differences in people and finding the things that make us unique, will have readers young and old hooked from the start!
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The accompanying picture looks like a view through a door window-at first we thought it was the door to the bank vault that all the gold had been put into. But it's meant to be a close-up of the family and the dragon on a plane, hence, he got to fly. But it grates against the previous statement, and the picture took a while to work out.
This interrupted the flow of the story and it's important to have that flow to keep the child's attention. This could have been solved simply by a final picture of the whole plane, with the dragon waving from the window. But instead the story ends here.
It's a bad sign for the book when you turn the last page and everyone goes "Oh!" because we were expecting more. It left a disappointing thread hanging for a few minutes, till we had worked out what the last picture was about. It needs a better resolution.
Though the illustrations are good (though not fantastic by any means) I'm afraid I don't think the book has been picked up since its first reading. Children remember the experience of reading, and if they like the feelings they associate with a book they will return to it time and time again. Likewise, if they remember being disappointed or confused, they won't.