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The Dragon Machine (Book & CD) (Book & CD) Paperback – 1 May 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Age Range: - 5 years
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184011990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840119909
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 24.8 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward (2007) provides a perfect introduction to the legendary world of dragons. As the book begins, a clever mix of text and illustrations describe how George, a young, overlooked boy, becomes aware of dragons hiding all around him. -- Melanie Hendy English 4-11 magazine

About the Author

Helen Ward trained as an illustrator at Brighton School of Art, under the direction of well-known children's illustrators such as Raymond Briggs, Justin Todd, Chris McEwan and John Vernon Lord. In 1985, her final year at Brighton, Helen was awarded the first Walker Prize for Children's Illustration. Awards for Helen's work include The National Art Library Awards 1998 and 2001 for The Hare and the Tortoise and her version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows in the Templar Classic series, and The National Art Library Award for The Tin Forest. She was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award in 2003 for The Cockerel and the Fox. This book also won the award in the children's trade category at the British Book Design and Production Awards presented in November 2003. Helen Ward lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.


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Format: Paperback
I picked this up while browsing in a book shop the other day. It stood out from the ranks of brightly-coloured picture books because of an ethereal twilight quality to its illustrations. George see dragons wherever he goes, and if the reader looks carefully, they too will spot tails from pockets, and dragons perched on chimney pots. The dragons begin to follow George around causing trouble and it's time for him to return them to great wilderness from whence they came. So he builds a beautiful dragon-shaped machine for them to follow home. And then George goes home leaving thoughts of dragons behind.... or has he? It's a gentle story which has been made into something rather special by the beautiful imaginative presentation and my children love it. Perfect for ages 2-5ish.
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I first borrowed this book from the library and we all loved it so much: I had to buy it. My children, six and four, loved the illustrations, which are dreamlike and involving. The story is touching, funny and has a wonderful twist at the end. The words are relativly simple, but as it is well written, it can be enjoyed on many levels. I would have thought anyone who loved dragons, of any age, would find this book charming.
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A wonderful story of a lonely little boy called George and his love of dragons. The mischievious dragons become too difficult for George to look after so he builds a flying dragon machine and takes the dragons back to their home land. George is reunited with his family after quite an adventure and realises that he is greatly loved and doesn't need to feel lonely. The background music is the key to the atmosphere of the book. Beautifully and sensitively written, you imagine that you are right there with George in his dragon machine. We often take the CD on car journeys as it's become a favourite of my 6 year old. It's so easy to imagine the illustrations in the book by listening to the music and narration. A real winner!
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This is a lovely book with a 'hidden' message for children (and adults I suppose!). George sees dragons everywhere, but feels that they go unnoticed to everyone but him. Eventually the dragons start to cause problems for George, which he must explain, until he realises that they must be returned to their own 'land'. Only when he can help them to leave can George start to feel 'noticed' himself! Wonderful illustrations too!!!
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Format: Paperback
LOvely story especially for those children who like dragons. Illustrations are wonderful and will capture the imagination of any child.
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A beautifully illustrated book about a lonely young boy (George) and his experiences with some badly behaved dragons. George has to help the dragons find their way home before they are discovered and so goes about building a flying 'Dragon Machine'. The ensuing adventure (and George's departure) triggers events which result in George's lonely existence being changed forever. Wayne Anderson's stunning illustrations work beautifully with Helen Ward's magical, heart-warming story. This is a must-have book for children and adults alike.
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This book is enchanting, beautiful illustrations, great sound effects and great story teller (CD). I am a nursery nurse, and my group of 3-5 yr olds absolutely love it! They ask me to read it over and over again, and we are now going to try and make a Dragon Machine!! It has lead to all sorts of acitivities and imaginary play! Fab book! I highly reccomend it.
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A Kid's Review on 27 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Our class thought this book was fantastic. We liked that the dragons were all hiding and we had to find them. There was also a cake to celebrate when George came home. We really liked the drawings and the colours used in the book. We would recommend this book to other children and teachers.
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