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Dragonolia Hardcover – 17 Oct 2011
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This book is, first of all, a rather beautiful book to behold. The red cloth hardback cover with the curled-up golden dragon on the front immediately make you want to pick it up and look inside! It's also a rather unusual book, being a mix of both fiction and non-fiction, so when you begin it you're initially not quite sure what you're looking at. As you read on you discover that there's a story running throughout by Sir Richard Barons, a famous dragon hunter, and with each story he tells there is also a craft project of something related to make!
There are fourteen projects in all ranging from simple items that you can print out from the related website through to more complicated tasks to make a dragon bottle stopper or a wizard's wand. Because of the complexity of some of the projects the book is probably best for children aged at least eight, though if you've a very keen little crafter then they could give the projects a go, whilst being heavily supervised by an adult! If your house is already equipped with glue guns and saved-up cardboard boxes then this is probably your ideal book, and there's lots of fun to be had making the various different items.
I liked the unusual style of this book, with the stories inserted right within the project instructions. It means that you can still get enjoyment from reading the book, even if you're not ready to sit down and make an item yet. It also makes the items you make more interesting since they're related to the story you've just read, giving everything a magical feel. I liked the range of projects apart from the fact that there are three items all relating to dragon eggs although I suppose it's tricky to come up with so many craft ideas all linked to the dragon theme. There are some that would take quite some time and effort to make, but then there are also easier items that would be quicker to make if you had less time. The book works equally well for boys or girls, and would be a nice weekend sort of book, or one for those long school holidays when you've run out of things to occupy the children with! It's such a beautifully presented book too that it would also make a nice gift for any crafty kids you know. --Ruth Ng, thebookbag.co.uk, November 2011
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It was more than just a regular book as the projects included keep the reader feeling involved with each of the individual stories.
I thought that it would make a great gift for somebody who has children as they could easily use this book as a way of further bonding with their kids as you could either:
Make all the projects yourself and present them to your child/ children as the stories progress or,
You could choose to make each project with your child and have them put in their own colours/ designs and personalize each piece.
I also loved the fact that each project has clear labeled instructions so it is very easy to follow without any problems, isn't complicated and ca be made with everyday household objects.
Even the colour scheme of the book (red and gold) give the book a mystical feeling and further adds to the whole "Dragon" theme and the edges of each page are also a shiny golden which was a pleasant surprise and the red cover is solidly made and offers great protection so i know that this book will last a long, long time.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great way to pass the time.
She got my older daughter (she's eight) to help her make one of the items (the Dreamcatcher) as she couldn't manage it on her own and my older daughter ended up falling in love with the book herself!
The two of them have been sitting together for the past two nights (since they first opened it) making things from the book, and then reading the stories together afterwards. I've never seen my girls get along so well!
I ordered it last week for her and she hasn't put it down. She's taken it her friend's so they can make the projects together too.
My personal favourite project is how to make a Wizards' Wand - a must for fans of fantasy and other muggles out there.
Good luck to Richard on his future travels. Please say a "hello" to Angeline the Welsh Dragon next time you see her!
She thought the book was really fun to read. We've not had a go at too many of the projects yet, but the magic wand was pretty easy to make and very enjoyable. I've had a look at the other items and I imagine they'll be similarly fun to make.
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