Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood

Overview

In this twist on the “boy finds lost pet” tale, a young dragon discovers a Benjamin in Dragonwood. The dragon takes the boy home, to school and the playground. The Benjamin is a fascinating creature. He doesn’t have claws or scales and can’t even fly. When the Benjamin gets homesick, the dragon decides to help him get home. How will the other Benjamins react to finding a dragon in their world?

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Overview

In this twist on the “boy finds lost pet” tale, a young dragon discovers a Benjamin in Dragonwood. The dragon takes the boy home, to school and the playground. The Benjamin is a fascinating creature. He doesn’t have claws or scales and can’t even fly. When the Benjamin gets homesick, the dragon decides to help him get home. How will the other Benjamins react to finding a dragon in their world?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The "can we keep it?" shoe is on the other foot in this funny-poignant story narrated by a dragon who brings home a strange stray: a redheaded boy whom the dragon refers to as "the Benjamin." The dragon and his friends find the tailless, scale-free Benjamin endlessly fascinating, and the Benjamin is a big hit when he teaches them how to play soccer ("You're not supposed to fly in the penalty area," the dragon diligently explains to readers, "Or eat the ball. OR burn down the goalposts"). Ultimately, however, the dragon understands that he must do right by the homesick boy. The otherwise droll storytelling gets flabby in the attenuated wrapup, but the illustrator never makes a false step. Her watercolor washes and delicate pencil lines make terrific visual foils for the creatures' hulking, warty bodies, and endearing silliness bubbles off of every page. A generously sized die-cut on the paper-over-board cover will draw well-deserved attention to this title, the first for the British author and illustrator. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
This story is narrated by a dragon that finds an unusual creature called a Benjamin. The Benjamin is actually a redheaded little boy. The dragon decides to take this unusual creature home. The dragon family makes Benjamin a meal of stinky fish and slimy worms, but Benjamin is not hungry. The dragon puts the little boy to bed and takes him to school in the morning. At school, everyone is intrigued. This Benjamin is very strange. He has no wings, no tail, and no sharp claws. He does not breathe fire but rather sheds water from his eyes. The dragon realizes that Benjamin misses his home, and he wonders what could be so special about the boy's world. Benjamin tells the dragon about his magical land filled with other creatures that are just like him and a game they play called soccer. The dragon takes Benjamin back home and finds his world fascinating. When the dragon returns, all of the other dragons want to hear about the new place. The story ends with the dragons playing soccer. Children will enjoy the colorful pictures and find humor in this untraditional "creature meets boy" story. Reviewer: Melissa Hower
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901909
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 858,701
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.09 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Knapman has been a freelance writer and playwright for over 10 years, working in theater, musicals and opera. He lives in Surrey, England.

Gwen Millward studied illustration in Edinburgh and now spends all of her time painting and writing stories for children about her favorite subject, beasts.

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