Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons

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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, ...

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Overview

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!

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763623296
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 70,796
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: IG1220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    MINDBLOWING

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    AMAZING!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    AWESOME!

    AWESOME! Is the only words for this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    The Fantastic Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    Awesome Book for Dragon Lovers Everywhere!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2014

    I am no religious fanatic, however, my child was exposed to this

    I am no religious fanatic, however, my child was exposed to this and the dragon script. This is a portal opener to the wrong side, as long as people believe that this is harmless it keeps Satan happy. This is witchcraft, and I would strongly suggest against trusting this has no repercussions Anytime you dabble with the devil danger follows. After all in the Bible, dragon is referring to Satan. Open your eyes people!. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Dragons are not real you should not allow children to read this

    Dragons are not real you should not allow children to read this witchcraft crap its not biblical.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Even More Awesome

    Coolest book ever per my 11 year old nephew

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Recommended

    Grand son loved it!

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Incredible and beautifullly illistrated

    A++++++ for children of any age, or the dragon enthusiast..definately recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Kids love it!

    Bought for my 10 year old. He loves it!

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    dragonology book

    awsome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Imaginative Book

    This is our second copy. Our son loves reading this book and looking at the illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2009

    Enjoyed and was educated

    Great illustrations, informative

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Ologies Are All the Rage

    My son goes to a small private school and all the kids are really into these ology books. I believe that Daragonology was the first one written. It's nice to have the trend be the ownership of books. My son wants to collect them all.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

    good buck for all famili

    yes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    true dragonology

    Lots of good information if you just get this book it is not enough you must get them all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2007

    Bought this book at my school's Schoolastic Bookfair.

    I loved this book. It made Dragons seem totally elievable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2006

    Believe!!!!!!!!

    This book was awsome!!!!!!If you are not a believer then don't read it beacause only true believers will understand the beauty of it!I do BELIEVEthat dragons DO EXIST and are most likely in hiding.If you put yourself to think, they must have or do exist. I very much apreciate Mr. Drakes research and I hope to one day continue his work and maybe befriend a dragon someday. BELIEVE AND YOU WILL BE BELIEVED.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Wonderful book

    This book and the others like it such as fairyopolis are just wonderful. Kids of all ages will love it. My goddaughter and her cousin had so much fun discovering all the secrets the books hold. This would be a great addition to any child's collection.

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