Dragon Stew

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Five bored Vikings went out hiking, looking for adventure, for something bold, and new. So they thought they’d hunt a dragon, and then tie it to their wagon, take it home and chop it up to make a dragon stew! But when the Vikings find their dragon, they get a BIG surprise!
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Overview

Five bored Vikings went out hiking, looking for adventure, for something bold, and new. So they thought they’d hunt a dragon, and then tie it to their wagon, take it home and chop it up to make a dragon stew! But when the Vikings find their dragon, they get a BIG surprise!
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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The five Vikings in this rhyming story are bored with stealing cattle and engaging in battle. Their days of fishing in the dark for sharks and wrestling bears while wearing underwear are over. They want to do something new. When Loggi Longsocks suggests making dragon stew, they immediately head out to sea where they battle giant squid and sail through storms before arriving at Dragon Island. The creature they encounter there will surprise readers. Humor is used extensively in the text and illustrations. One Viking has a bird living in the branches of his helmet, while another carries a "pointy dragon poking thing" instead of a weapon. On the final pages, as the Vikings sit in the water learning a painful lesson about the consequences of being mean to a dragon, they ask a question many parents hear over and over again, "So, NOW what can we do?"—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
"Five bored Vikings went out hiking," looking for adventure...or just something to do. Gangly Loggi Longsocks (in shades of pink from head to toe and sporting a skull belt buckle) suggests catching a dragon and making a stew. In no time, they load a ship with supplies and set sail. When a giant orange squid attacks their ship, they tie its tentacles into knots. They travel a long time--until all their sandwiches are gone. Luckily, a passing killer whale guides them to Dragon Island, where an enormous pile of poo tells them they're on the right track; they climb a rocky hill that turns out to be the dragon, who sets all their pants on fire as they flee. Smallman's text, in phonetically crunchy verse, bounces humorously along, and Wildish makes each member of the Viking quintet deliciously distinct. The ending's a bit of a letdown, but readers both young and old should laugh at the resemblance of these ragtag Vikings to resourceful kids battling boredom in the backyard. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561486953
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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