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A little dragon and his favorite book make for a combustible combination in this clever picture book with a surprise ending.

It?s nearly Cedric the dragon?s bedtime, and for Cedric, bedtime means storytime! When his mother reads him his favorite book, he likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again?and again?and again!

Cedric?s mom understands that the best stories are ripe for repetition, and she tries very hard to be patient. But ...

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Overview

A little dragon and his favorite book make for a combustible combination in this clever picture book with a surprise ending.

It’s nearly Cedric the dragon’s bedtime, and for Cedric, bedtime means storytime! When his mother reads him his favorite book, he likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again…and again…and again!

Cedric’s mom understands that the best stories are ripe for repetition, and she tries very hard to be patient. But sometimes dragons will be dragons—which is why this bedtime tale ends with an incendiary surprise!

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Gravett takes a slight idea and builds cleverly upon it to offer a fresh take on a familiar scenario."
The Horn Book
"Gravett, whose stories often include surprising die cuts and satisfying metafictive elements, takes the I-don’t-want-to-go-to-sleep trope to a new, fiery level...Though it’s hard to think that human child readers will want to sleep after this abrupt yet satisfying ending, it is clear that they will be screaming “AGAIN!”
BCCB
"This is a creative bit of fun to which many a tired parent and enthusiastic child will relate, and the dragon aspect will appeal to many youngsters as well....The boldness of the pictures and brevity of the text will make this a sure-fire winner for group storytimes and patient parents with plenty of energy may find it suitable bedtime fare as well."
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
After a bit of play, a snack of princess-shaped cookies, brushing his teeth and taking a bath, Cedric the young dragon is ready for his mother to read him his favorite story before he goes to bed. He settles in with his blanket to hear the raucous tale of another dragon named Cedric, a very large, red dragon who has never, his whole life, not once been to bed. He is far too busy bothering trolls, snatching princess out of towers and generally behaving badly. Sleep deprivation does tend to make even dragons cranky! When young Cedric's mother finishes the tale, he asks politely, "Again?" So she indulges him, in spite of her own fatigue. After the second and third rounds of storytelling, Mother falls asleep. Cedric grows more and more incensed that she will not wake up to his persistent demands until his shouts of "Again!" become incendiary ... and burn a hole in the book. Winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, Gravett brings delightful humor and empathy to tired parents and their beloved, yet demanding, children who prefer to hear the same stories read repeatedly. While the rhythm of the text occasionally stumbles in order to manage the rhyme, the engaging illustrations and Cedric's audacious personality make up for it. Clever endpapers creatively introduce and finish the story and the book design is brilliant. This book will entertain bedtime audiences and be savored again and again. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Gravett's latest experiment with metafiction imagines the possible trajectory of a child's appeal to hear a bedtime story ad infinitum. Here, the characters are dragons. The mother begins energetically: "Cedric the dragon's a bright angry red./He's never,/His whole life,/(Not once) been to bed." This nocturnal picture-book beast terrorizes princesses and trolls. In the second reading, a sleepy mom takes a more judgmental tone, and the hero is hospitable. By the fourth version, she and the storybook characters are snoring; "z's" fall from the printed page. Meanwhile, the listening Cedric has undergone a color and personality transformation. White and placid on the endpapers and green during the beginning (in contrast to his angry, red textual counterpart), he and his dopplegänger gradually reverse colors. While the titular refrain appears throughout (including on two subtly different title pages), the repeated word is part of a full-blown temper tantrum at the conclusion. The book is shaken and turned upside down, causing the composition to tumble to the edge. Steaming mad, the protagonist burns a hole in the page (and the back cover) through which the characters escape. Gravett differentiates the story lines of her oil-based pencil and watercolor compositions by using a brighter palette and more detailed features against the white background of her main narrative and deeper shades and parchment-colored pages in the book Cedric loves. Youngsters will delight in deciphering the visual narrative in their own multiple readings and will relate to the range of emotions displayed by their scaly stand-in.—Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Gravett, that master of the metafictive die cut, returns for a savvy bedtime satire. It's time for this little green dragon's bedtime story. Clutching a blankie, it snuggles up to its parent dragon for the story of fierce Cedric the red dragon, who wreaks havoc every night. "Again?" pleads the little dragon, holding up the red, clothbound storybook (readers who remove the paper jacket will see that it's exactly the book that they are holding). The patient parent reads it again, with a little editorial revision: "At nighttime when Cedric SHOULD be asleep…." And again: "Cedric the dragon's a big sleepyhead. / He's decided it's time / HE WAS REALLY IN BED." With each iteration, the storybook's illustration changes, and Cedric transforms from a fire-breathing terror to a princess-kissing softie. At the fourth, parent dragon conks out, the ZZZs from its snoring mingling with the few letters on the storybook's page. Enraged, the little green dragon begins to turn red, shouting, "AGAIN! AGAIN! AGAIN!" Fully red after several futile repetitions, it puts some firepower behind its final "AGAIN," burning a hole through the last page and back cover. The storybook characters escape, luckily (and, though unseen, so does parent dragon, human parents will no doubt note). This little bit of bedtime foolery feels a little incomplete, but it should strike a chord—and it's far wittier than the similarly themed Go the Fuck to Sleep. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442452312
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 147,654
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. She is also the author and illustrator of Again! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award), Wolf Won’t Bite!, Blue Chameleon, The Rabbit Problem, Dogs, Spells, The Odd Egg, Monkey and Me, Orange Pear Apple Bear, and Meerkat Mail. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.

Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. She is also the author and illustrator of Again! (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award), Wolf Won’t Bite!, Blue Chameleon, The Rabbit Problem, Dogs, Spells, The Odd Egg, Monkey and Me, Orange Pear Apple Bear, and Meerkat Mail. She lives in Brighton, England, with her family. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2014

    Again! is excellent! The illustrations and the book design make

    Again! is excellent! The illustrations and the book design make a great print book. The story is very nice, too, although I loved the story in The Star Diggers more, but not the illustrations. I highly recommend this book.   

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