The Dragonslayers

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To get revenge on King Mildred, Grizelda creates the fiercest dragon the kingdom has ever seen. He is such a terror that he must be killed. Now if only the dragonslayers could stop arguing long enough to face the greatest battle of all!

A brave squire, an earnest page, and a strong-willed princess set out, each for individual reasons, to try to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch's revenge.

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To get revenge on King Mildred, Grizelda creates the fiercest dragon the kingdom has ever seen. He is such a terror that he must be killed. Now if only the dragonslayers could stop arguing long enough to face the greatest battle of all!

A brave squire, an earnest page, and a strong-willed princess set out, each for individual reasons, to try to slay the dragon created to carry out a witch's revenge.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-By Bruce Coville. Grizelda seeks revenge on King Mildred by creating the fiercest dragon the kingdom has ever seen. Can an old squire, a young page boy, and a willful princess stop arguing long enough to face the greatest battle of all?
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Gr 4-6Fourteen-year-old Princess Wilhelmina, the ``most willful person anyone in the kingdom had ever met,'' wants to kill a dragon herself, more to prevent the indignity of being married off to a dragonslayer than to save the kingdom. Predicated on a rather gruesome grudge (the witch Grizelda has lost her husband and son to the king's war and creates a dragon to murder the king's child), the story builds to the confrontation between the beast and two sets of slayers: an elderly squire and his page, and a disguised Willie and her talking bear. The adventure is confused by some mysterious family ties, spirits of the forest, a remorseful witch, and repentant royalty. Some of the dialogue is pretty sharp-tongued, but occasionally it is downright mystical. Young readers will enjoy the intrigue, laugh at the banter between Willie and her sexist companions, and accept the weird conflation that brings everyone together. For those who are familiar with Patricia Wrede's masterly ``Enchanted Forest Chronicles'' (Harcourt), Coville's title may seem like a sort of lead-in for preteens. Like Wrede's books, The Dragonslayers is at its best when the feisty heroine is demolishing the proper princess role. The pencil drawings (one per chapter) are sufficiently dragonly and the cover is terrific.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Mary Harris Veeder
A dragon is menacing the kingdom, and the king promises the hand of his daughter to the beast's slayer. Coville adds some nice flourishes to this standard plot: a princess who dons a disguise and hunts the dragon herself she wants some say in the choice of a husband; a servant lad accompanied by the world's oldest squire; some New Age forest spirits; a passel of talking animals; and a king named Mildred. The princess and the servant lad are particularly interesting characters, and the dragon is appropriately nasty. This nondemanding novel, atmospherically illustrated by Katherine Coville, has some appealing elements that will draw readers of both genders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671890360
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1950. Before getting published he earned his living as a toymaker, a gravedigger, a cookware salesman, an assembly line worker, and finally as an elementary school teacher. Bruce has published more than 100 books, which have appeared in over a dozen countries around the world and sold more than 16 million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. In 2001 he founded Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company dedicated to creating unabridged, full cast recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. Bruce lives in Syracuse with his wife, Katherine, who has illustrated many of his books. For more information about Bruce, check out BruceCoville.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    Read Dragonslayers

    ROOAARR! Have you ever seen an evil witch make a dragon? In this book a witch did and it¿s destroying the village. The knights are too afraid to slay it so it¿s up to one girl, two boys, and King Mildred. Can they save the village? I thought this book was surprising, scary, and adventurous. I recommend this book to people who like dragons. Here are some other by Bruce Coville: My Teacher Glows in the Dark, The Skull of truth, The Monster Ring, and The Dinosaur that Followed Me Home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    The Character's were wonderful!

    I read Dragonslayer's when I was young and loved it of course. But the most memorable thing about the book was the characters. Princess Willie was like one of my role models especially her line 'If a boy can do it so can a girl!' I recommend it to anyone just looking for a quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2002

    the best for young readers into dragons

    i remember reading this book when i was younger i still have it. i read it over and over it was soooo good.i would recomend this book to any young reader intereasted in fantasy or dragons or medeival stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2001

    I LOVE this book!

    This book nevers gets old. 1,2,3,or4th time you read it. Coville is a great author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    This is a good book for kids

    The DragonSlayers This book is mostly about Grizelda want's to get revenge on King milldred. She makes the firescape dragon has ever seen. But all the nights are afarde to battle the dragon.so a young pageboy, and the most bravest priness go after the dragon. The only qustion is can they sotp arguing long enough to face the gratest battle of all history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    a reviewer

    I just wanna say that this is one of my favorite books!!!! Though not the best book ever, it is really good! if your are into dragons and like a good science-fiction story read this!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    The Best Book for 5th Graders

    What is a great book for fifth graders! I'll tell you its The Dragonslyers, and it has to do with medieval times. I think The dragonslayers by Bruce Coville is an excellant novel for anybody that's into dragon books or action stories. I think this is the best for action moments and brief comemdy scences. It is also an easy to read book!

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