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Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons

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by Ernest Drake, Various
     
 

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For true believers only, a lavishly illustrated reproduction of a legendary volume by the world’s most distinguished dragonologist. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands!

Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory,

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For true believers only, a lavishly illustrated reproduction of a legendary volume by the world’s most distinguished dragonologist. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands!

Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits. Here are just a few of DRAGONOLOGY'S fascinating features:

— Novelty item on every spread, including tactile samples of dragon wings, dragon scales, and dragon skin
— Booklet of dragon riddles (indispensable to the burgeoning dragonologist)
— Sealed envelope containing a powerful dragon-calling spell
— Embossed faux leather cover with silver foil, encrusted with three dragon gems

In his afterword, Dr. Drake reveals that one of the crucial goals of dragonologists is to preserve the magnificent creatures of their study wherever possible - a goal this tongue-in-cheek volume most affectionately achieves. An incomparable gift for secret dragonologists everywhere!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With its faux-leather, gemstone-encrusted cover and timeworn pages, Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons, ed. by Dugald A. Steer, "purports to be the facsimile of an 1895 [book]" (according to a publisher's note), and is quite convincing as the long-lost research of 19th-century dragonologist Drake. Presenting a "scientific" study of dragons, the volume examines the different dragon species and their behavior, using fold-out flaps, patches of textured "skin" or "membranes," and sample science-notebook-style labeled drawings. In addition to the clever text and persuasive illustrations by Helen Ward, Douglas Carrel and Wayne Anderson, the interactive book includes an insert on dragon script, a mini-book of dragon riddles and a glass dragon eye bound into the back cover. An afterword concludes, "Cherish all animals. Then one day the world may at last learn to accept the honourable science of dragonology." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everything you need to know about dragons is included in this lushly packaged volume. Antiqued pages give the impression that this information has been passed from generation to generation. Would-be dragonologists will learn the five F's of dragonology: "fieldwork, foresight, forwardness, frankness, fatalities ('unless these are avoided, the student will make little progress.')." Western and various Eastern species are presented, along with the biology and physiology of dragons. In the section on the life cycle, there are lift-the-flap eggs that show its growth and development. The equipment needed to track dragons, and information on spells is provided. Readers will learn about Beowulf and George of Cappadocia who were famous dragonslayers, and about Merlin, Marco Polo and Fu Hsi who are important dragonologists. A bit of cautionary, tongue-in-cheek humor can be found in such phrases as, "It is not recommended to leave children and hungry dragons alone." The illustrations include a fold-out of a dragon, a dragon skin specimen, and a close look at the very important dragon eye. This is a must-have for all dragon lovers. 2003, Candlewick Press, Ages 10 to 14.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 2-7-This faux nonfiction title carries echoes of James Gurney's Dinotopia (Turner, 1992; o.p.) in that it purports to be the actual writings of English dragonologist Ernest Drake. Unlike Dinotopia, however, this book is not a narrative, but rather an almost encyclopedic treatment of the subject. It delivers on its subtitle and covers every aspect of the study of dragons, treating the magical creatures as if they were real objects of scientific study. The discussion of the different species includes all types of dragons with which children might be familiar, from Chinese dragons to the European ones of the Grimm fairy tales. One particularly fun bit is the dragon alphabet, combined with some ancient runes written in dragon that can be translated. An aspect of the book that will be totally fascinating to children is the natural history of this creature, including diagrams of its skeletal and muscular structures, and even the development of a dragon embryo in the egg. The illustrations, mainly in color, and overall design of the book are appealing, from a foldout map of "Dragons of the World" to the flaps and cutouts throughout. This book will be hugely attractive to children, especially the "Harry Potter" crowd, but it is fragile.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763623296
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/15/2003
Series:
Ologies Series
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
87,964
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
IG1220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dr. Ernest Drake is said to have lived in St. Leonard’s Forest, Sussex, England, in the late nineteenth century and to have issued a very limited run - some 100 copies - of DRAGONOLOGY in 1895. A noted dragonologist and a founding member of the Secret & Ancient Society of Dragonologists in London, Dr. Ernest Drake was determined to bring the subject of dragons under the burgeoning umbrella of the nineteenth-century natural sciences. He had absolutely no doubt that dragons exist, and his notes suggest that he had no little experience of them. Apparently, only one copy of DRAGONOLOGY ever appeared in public, surfacing in the basement of a secondhand bookstore in London in 1987. The book was accompanied by a letter, dated 1904, addressed to an unnamed apprentice. Dr. Ernest Drake’s painstaking work has been faithfully reproduced in this unique volume.

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Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looked at it in the store and my first exspression was 'Every child in the world would love this book'This is such an awesome book.I've read Wizardology and this auther is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doctor Drake does it again with dragonology. What a map, so many types, such a big world, Spells and magic everywhere, Air. Speed. Fire. Dragons! The world fire-breathing beasts thought to be evil, but very gentle when being trained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Anyone who reads it will simply fall into the world of dragons! Very convincing and realistic. I respect other reviewers opinions, but I think that every bit of this book must be 100% true! You can feel the dragon skin and wing membrane samples and notice their leathery texture. you stare into the eye of the dragon 'on the back cover' and quake from the gaze that is returned. With this book, you can imagine the magestic power that is displayed by dragons, and know that they are a truly awesome, and endangered, species, and must be protected from extinction. Great for dragonologists and cryptozoologists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous book and perfect for the older child who loves all things dragon. (8-12).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coolest book ever per my 11 year old nephew
DebiD More than 1 year ago
A++++++ for children of any age, or the dragon enthusiast..definately recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is amasing no doubt about it but before you buy it I would suggest the book TRACKING AND TAMING DRAGONS to give you a basic knoledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because there are things from dragons you can touch. For example, you can touch shedded skin from an asian lung dragon and a wing membrane from a frost dragon. I also liked reading about different dragon spells such as a spell for invisability (temporary) and a dragon protecting spell (also temporary). There is interesting information about all kinds of dragons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is an entertaining addition to the lore on dragonkind. Perfect for the youngster obsessed with mythology or medieval fantasy. Adults may enjoy the book, but seeing as it is tailored more to kids they may find it a little cheezy at times. While the book's size (height by width) adds to its charm, it can make it an awkward thing to place on a bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book maybe called a children's book, but it's great for every one. I rate it right up there with Dinatopia. It's details regarding dragons throughout the world is insightful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to say i have an imaginative child is an understatement. he craves more fantasy and loves to mix it in with non-fiction and make great learning games out of it all. this book is perfect for him (and his two younger brothers!). he loves the textures and all the extras and i know he's going to cherish it for a very long time. i'm really excited about the whole series like this one--great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for an imaginative gifted child. The book is beautiful with lots of tactile insets and extras that appeal to young kids. The content is much more advanced than your average touch and feel type book. The artwork is incredible. My son really likes the Harry Potter books and the reading level is about the same, but its just a gorgeous 'look what I have' book. The abundance of dragon types in this book also appeals to the collector in him. This is the first book I remember buying him that he actually slept with and toted around. He will pop over and sit on my lap and read some interesting fact in it to me. I can't wait on the next one, Egyptology, to come out on October 25!
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kootwy More than 1 year ago
Grand son loved it!
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Bought for my 10 year old. He loves it!
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heatherboyer More than 1 year ago
awsome book
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This is our second copy. Our son loves reading this book and looking at the illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations, informative