The Great Dragon Rescue

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George, the hero from M. P. Robertson's The Egg, has returned in this brand new dragon adventure. When George's wayward dragon lands on the chicken coop, George is whisked off to a fairytale land on a rescue mission. A wicked witch has captured a baby dragon, and George realizes that he must outwit the witch in order to free the dragon . . . and avoid being turned into a toad! Created in consultation with a literacy specialist, this edition was designed to support children who ...
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Overview


George, the hero from M. P. Robertson's The Egg, has returned in this brand new dragon adventure. When George's wayward dragon lands on the chicken coop, George is whisked off to a fairytale land on a rescue mission. A wicked witch has captured a baby dragon, and George realizes that he must outwit the witch in order to free the dragon . . . and avoid being turned into a toad! Created in consultation with a literacy specialist, this edition was designed to support children who are gaining confidence in reading.

George and his old friend the dragon try to rescue a baby dragon from a witch.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Young George, hero of The Egg, dreaming again of dragonish things, is pleased to encounter his old dragon friend, who seems anxious to take him somewhere. Off they fly to "Once upon a time" land, where a warty witch has a fledgling dragon imprisoned in a cage. Challenged to a race with the dragon, the witch tries to weave a spell, but George foils her, and the witch becomes a toad. His dragon friend's anxiety is explained as the now free youngster runs to the dragon happily calling "Daddy." Magical adventure completed, it is back home for George before his parents miss him. The naturalistic double-page watercolor paintings add many details of interest. The witch is the traditional fairy-tale sort, with conical black hat, black cape, straggly gray hair, and a wrinkled face that never cracks a smile. The dragon is an imaginatively depicted green creature with bulbous body, large webbed wings, and a horned head that is not at all nasty. Castles have the expected towers, crenellated walls, moat and drawbridge, while the witch's house is also of proper fairy-tale design. A hovering crow adds textured malevolence, while George is a typical youngster with whom it is easy to identify. 2004, Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
This lushly illustrated story features a young, Harry Potter-like boy, his friend the dragon hatched in The Egg (2000), and a delightfully drawn witch. One day a slightly bored George and his chicken coop fly off on the dragon and into the forest, where he discovers a fledgling dragon held hostage by a warty witch. One of Robertson's most memorable watercolor paintings shows the witch savoring her dinner of barbecued toads, roasted on the young dragon's flame. George tries to free the dragon and ends up in a flying competition around the enchanted castle with the witch. Quick thinking on George's part leads to a happy ending for all but the witch, and the young dragon is reunited with, of course, his father. Robertson's predictable and unevenly paced story makes illogical leaps of plot, depending on its rich illustrations for its appeal. There are far better stories out there for dragon-loving children. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847805522
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Series: Time to Read Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 696,463
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


M. P. Robertson is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books. His many books include The Egg, The Dragon Snatcher, Frank 'n' Stan, Food Chain, Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets, and Ice Trap!, written by Meredith Hooper. He lives with his family in Wiltshire, U.K.
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