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You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this ripping yarn,
This review is from: Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon (Paperback)
The knights of Castle Dark set out to destroy the evil dragons of Nogard, who have been scoffing their princesses, but instead they capture Herb the Vegetarian Dragon and plan his execution... Fortunately, it has a happy-ever-after ending, with dragons and people, meat-eaters and vegetarians, all living together in peace and harmony.
Though there are serious messages underlying it, they are not laboured and the story does not suffer from excessive morality - it is very well told, with strong characters (notably Meathook, the leader of the dragons), some great lines (the dragons' song when they are plotting revenge on the knights is a favourite) and sumptuous illustrations. And you can't argue with the philosophy that Herb represents - not only tolerance of those who are different to you but also sticking by your principles in the face of adversity (Meathook offers to free Herb from prison if he will eat some wild boar meat, but Herb declines and trusts to fate instead).
My 4-yr-old got this as a gift and it has rapidly become one of his favourite stories, which he never tires of hearing over and over. And to be honest, I don't tire of reading it to him. It is simply a wonderful story for young children, destined to become a classic children's book.