by Matt Doeden, Jonathan Mayer

Describes the different parts of dragon bodies and how dragons breathe fire.


Describes the different parts of dragon bodies and how dragons breathe fire.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lesley Moore Vossen
If you have ever wanted to know about the anatomy of a dragon, then this book is for you. From head to toe (or actually from head to tail) it covers facts regarding dragon scales, which are made of keratin and are overlapping so that when old scales fall off, new ones are ready to take their place since if a dragon shed its skin all at once it would have no protection. If you ever wondered why it is hard to sneak up on a dragon, the book explains that the amazing sense of smell that dragon's possess is because of their Jacobson's organs. (Jacobson's organ is an odor-detecting organ in the mouths of some reptiles.) Dragons' tails are flexible and powerful and can be used for surprise attacks. Some little known facts: four-legged dragons have thumbs on their front feet, the feet of some water dragons have turned into fins over the years, and dragons can see both infrared and ultraviolet light. A good way to introduce the study of anatomy, this book treats the mythological dragon with the seriousness of a real-life creature, which adds to the fun of learning all about them. Reviewer: Lesley Moore Vossen

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Dragons Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.

Jonathan Mayer was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He was encouraged in the arts by his parents and grandparents, and began illustrating sermons for his grandfather at a young age. After graduating from Nebraska Lutheran High School, he attended Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota, where he earned a BA in studio art. He began work as a freelance illustrator immediately thereafter. He was married to Emily in 2008, and moved to Georgia in 2009, where he attended graduate school. He graduated with an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. He currently resides in Bellevue, Nebraska with his wife and son.

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