Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Monday, April 23, 2012

On the Bookshelf--Children's Books Involving Dragons

Everyone loves dragons, right? Here are three storybooks I enjoyed that involve dragons.

Guess What I found in Dragon Wood, written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Gwen Millward. A twist on the "child brings home stray pet" story: a dragon finds a Benjamin in Dragon Wood and takes him home to show his parents. He brings the Benjamin to school for show and tell, and everyone marvels at the Benjamin's strange ways.

Bee Frog, written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Barbara Firth, the duo that brought us Little Bear. Bee Frog plays make-believe, imagining she is a scary dragon, but her family won't take notice of her. She hops off to be a fierce dragon all by herself, but begins to wonder if dragons ever get lonely...
I'm not sure why I liked this story so much, something about the adorable protagonist, lush illustrated world, or maybe just that I myself still enjoy playing make-believe. But usually I pretend to be a fierce tiger.

Baby Dragon, written by Amy Ehrlich, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Like Bee Frog, this is a story about an adorable young protagonist feeling a bit abandoned by family. The dragon's mother tells him to wait for her by the red fern until she comes back. Baby Dragon finds ways to amuse himself for a while, but when night comes he wonders if his mother will ever come back, and decides to climb on Crocodile's back to go looking for her.

Do you have any favorite dragon books?


  1. These all look great! Henry is very into dragons. And don't forget the best-ever dragon novel, with which I was obsessed at about age 10: "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher"!! (Did you read Bruce Colville as a kid? My money's on yes!)

  2. I totally read Bruce Colville as a kid! I'll have to get a copy of Jeremy Thatcher.