Book of Dragons

Book of Dragons

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by Michael Hague
     
 

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For thousands of years, the legendary dragon has inspired awe and wonder in cultures the world over. Now Michael Hague, one of America's most beloved painters of fantasy, boldly captures seventeen classic dragon tales. Within these pages are the stories of heroic dragon slayers such as Perseus, St. George, and Sigurd, as well as the magical writings of J. R. R.

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For thousands of years, the legendary dragon has inspired awe and wonder in cultures the world over. Now Michael Hague, one of America's most beloved painters of fantasy, boldly captures seventeen classic dragon tales. Within these pages are the stories of heroic dragon slayers such as Perseus, St. George, and Sigurd, as well as the magical writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. The mythical dragon will be very real indeed for all who read these enchanting tales.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Take one first-rate collection of fire-breathing, scale-flashing, wing-flapping, tail-lashing dragon yarns. Lace it with elegant black-and-white line drawings and a generous dollop of unabashedly romantic color plates awash with vibrant hues. The result? A deliciously old-fashioned storybook, delivering just the sort of fantasy Hague is best known for. He pulls out all the stops for this one, using watercolors to present a diverse assortment of winged beasts. There are green dragons, red dragons, multi-headed dragons, even dragons that hint of the Orient with their long beards and manes. The stories-from such luminaries as Kenneth Grahame, J.R.R. Tolkien, E. Nesbit, Elizabeth Coatsworth and C.S. Lewis-are equally splendid. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Hague has assembled a wonderful collection of 17 stories about dragons from such noted authors as C. S. Lewis, J. R. Tolkien, the Brothers Grimm and others. Stories range in length from 3 to 11 pages. Each is handsomely illustrated with a full-page color rendering that nearly jumps from the page with its depth of color and detail. Many of the tales are also interspersed with black & white drawings. Readers will delight in the variety of stories and the artwork presented here. Be sure to run your fingers over the gnarled texture of the dragon's hide of the book jacket.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Seventeen short selections that will appeal to lovers of dragons, fantasy, and folktales. A broad range of writing styles and plot twists are pulled together to provide readers with something fresh in each tale. Excerpts from classic novels such as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, C.S. Lewis's Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and short stories such as Kenneth Grahame's ``The Reluctant Dragon'' are included. In addition, there are folktales from China, Italy, and Germany. Most of the heroes are men, but occasionally children are the only ones who can outsmart the dragon. In ``Li Chi Slays the Serpent,'' it is a young girl who conquers the beast. Hague's beautiful full-page watercolors reflect the different moods of the stories and the temperaments of the dragons depicted. A pen-and-ink drawing of a dragon announces each new selection; delicately detailed line drawings appear throughout. The combination of well-selected stories and excerpts and dramatic artwork make The Book of Dragons a fine addition to library collections.-Dawn Ibey, Vancouver Public Library, Canada
ALA Booklist
“A handsome anthology to whet the appetites of the dragon-lovers among us.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060759681
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.93(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Hague has illustrated more than thirty children's classics, including memorable editions of The Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, and The Secret Garden. He is also the artist of several bestselling books by his wife, Kathleen, including Alphabears, Numbears, and Ten Little Bears. The father of three grown children and the grandfather of four, Michael has a ready audience for all of his work.

Michael Hague has illustrated more than thirty children's classics, including memorable editions of The Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, and The Secret Garden. He is also the artist of several bestselling books by his wife, Kathleen, including Alphabears, Numbears, and Ten Little Bears. The father of three grown children and the grandfather of four, Michael has a ready audience for all of his work.

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Book of Dragons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well. I am a young Ukrainian poet, wrighter, translator... Not very good I s'pose, but I really want to improve myself. I've translated now more then 20 poems of R.Kipling, R.Burns, T.Moore. 'Jontatan Livingstopne, Seaguul' by B.Buch fragments of Tolkien's 'Silm'. Its ukrainian translations. And I want... no I NEED to translate this book too! I've sterted already. It is cool book for children and everybody who enjoy dragons! As for me - Dragons are my best beasts :)