BN.com Gift Guide

I Invited a Dragon to Dinner: And Other Poems to Make You Laugh Out Loud

Overview

I invited a dragon to dinner.
My parents were really surprised.
They thought he would wish for lobster and fish,
But he ordered a burger and fries. . . .

Get ready for the silliest, funniest poems around! Written entirely by fresh talent, this collection is the result of a nationwide contest to find the best new writers of verse for ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (12) from $1.99   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 12 (2 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(60943)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase ... benefits world literacy! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Mishawaka, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(2771)

Condition: Good
Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Biggest little used bookstore in the world.

Ships from: Reno, NV

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(342)

Condition: Good
Good

Ships from: Santa Ana, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(23994)

Condition: Good
Our feedback rating says it all: Five star service and fast delivery! We have shipped four million items to happy customers, and have one MILLION unique items ready to ship today!

Ships from: Toledo, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(60943)

Condition: Very Good
Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

Ships from: Mishawaka, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$1.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(4177)

Condition: Acceptable
Free State Books. Never settle for less.

Ships from: Halethorpe, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$3.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(7)

Condition: Good
2002 Hardcover Good Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may not ... include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

Ships from: McKinney, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$15.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(206)

Condition: Like New
NY 2002 Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 0399235671. Third printing. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

Ships from: West Chesterfield, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$19.23
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(80)

Condition: Acceptable
Acceptable Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Your purchase also supports literacy charities. *****PLEASE ... NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$29.51
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(321)

Condition: Very Good
Very good.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 12 (2 pages)
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

I invited a dragon to dinner.
My parents were really surprised.
They thought he would wish for lobster and fish,
But he ordered a burger and fries. . . .

Get ready for the silliest, funniest poems around! Written entirely by fresh talent, this collection is the result of a nationwide contest to find the best new writers of verse for children. With spirited illustrations by Chris L. Demarest, I Invited a Dragon to Dinner and Other Poems to Make You Laugh Out Loud is a feast of delight just waiting to be devoured. Dig in!

A collection of humorous poems about such subjects as pickles, dragons, and mothers.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection showcases the work of 23 new poets who were chosen in a nationwide contest. Unfortunately, the rhythm in many of the poems sounds the same and the verses revisit well-trod themes such as wacky parents, improbable animals in inappropriate places and outlandish dietary requests. Demarest (Firefighters A to Z), too, uncharacteristically uninspired, usually opts for the most literal interpretation of each verse. However, youngsters new to the genre will appreciate the silliness and puns, and some of the poems stand out, such as Dave Crawley's "The Attic": "There's a rumble in the attic./ A grumble in the attic./ I fear I hear (it's very clear)/ A stumble in the attic." Robert Ora Thomas offers the tale of the multitasking "Billy Bupper" who likes to combine eating and playing. The boy dresses by putting various sandwich fixings in his clothing, "So when Billy does a somersault/ He also makes his lunch." In the accompanying illustration, one of Demarest's strongest, an arc of food rises above both the catapulted boy and the words of the poem. And in Andrea Perry's cheekily sacrilegious "Bedtime Prayer," the narrator beseeches God to "Deliver me, Lord, From car sickness, blisters, and cold sores, and then,/ Don't forget liver and onions. Amen." An entertaining diversion. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection showcases the work of 23 new poets who were chosen in a nationwide contest. Unfortunately, the rhythm in many of the poems sounds the same and the verses revisit well-trod themes such as wacky parents, improbable animals in inappropriate places and outlandish dietary requests. Demarest (Firefighters A to Z), too, uncharacteristically uninspired, usually opts for the most literal interpretation of each verse. However, youngsters new to the genre will appreciate the silliness and puns, and some of the poems stand out, such as Dave Crawley's "The Attic": "There's a rumble in the attic./ A grumble in the attic./ I fear I hear (it's very clear)/ A stumble in the attic." Robert Ora Thomas offers the tale of the multitasking "Billy Bupper" who likes to combine eating and playing. The boy dresses by putting various sandwich fixings in his clothing, "So when Billy does a somersault/ He also makes his lunch." In the accompanying illustration, one of Demarest's strongest, an arc of food rises above both the catapulted boy and the words of the poem. And in Andrea Perry's cheekily sacrilegious "Bedtime Prayer," the narrator beseeches God to "Deliver me, Lord, From car sickness, blisters, and cold sores, and then,/ Don't forget liver and onions. Amen." An entertaining diversion. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
More than two dozen rhyming verses have in common both a sense of fun and a list of subjects sure to appeal to young readers and listeners. Along with the title description of the chaos that ensues with such an unusual guest, the rhymes cover strange noises in the attic, a creature under the bed, many odd characters, problems with cleanliness, the time out, vegetables, and a Bedtime Prayer to end the day. Although the poems are replete with verbal imagery, Demarest adds a comic sparkle to his visual interpretations. Sketchy watercolor vignettes surround the blocks of text with their own stories to tell. Unfortunately there is neither table of contents nor index. Notes about all the poets are included. 2002, Philomel Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, $16.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This clever and whimsical collection offers a kid's-eye view of the world. In the title poem, a child explains that "I invited a dragon to dinner./My parents were really surprised./They thought he would wish for lobster and fish,/But he ordered a burger and fries." The picture shows an astonished youngster watching an enormous dragon sitting at a (destroyed) dining room table, happily munching. Some of the 29 poems play with language (what does it mean to have "caught a cold?") and transformations (what happens when "Sister Sally" swallows a squirrel, for instance). Amusing variations on eternal childhood complaints ("Detestable Vegetables" and "Why Do I Have to Be Clean?") are also included. Demarest's colorful cartoon-style watercolors are dynamic and accessible, just like most of the poems. While not especially original or distinctive, this title will make a solid addition to the poetry shelves in larger collections.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lively picture book filled with humorous poems by a variety of new poets does what the subtitle suggests-makes the reader (and listener) laugh out loud. With poems that will remind readers of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, this exuberantly illustrated collection discusses many topics of interest to young children. In "The Human Pickle," Denise Long amuses with the tale of a young girl called A.K. who loves pickles so much she turned into a pickle. "When her pee turned green / Her folks were unnerved. / She was put in a jar / So that she'd be preserved." Plays on words and puns add to the fun. In "A New View," by Jill Esbaum, "Susie dropped her glasses / In the mud beside the brook. / Now everybody Susie meets / Gets a dirty look." Demarest's (Bikes for Rent, 2001, etc.) signature ink-and-watercolor illustrations have just the right amount of exuberance and exaggeration to match the poets' intentions. "Theodore Standitch" is a boy who will eat everything, from "bread and toenail spread" to "A can of Spam, a candied yam." Demarest draws every single item mentioned in the poem, all stacked up and being dropped into Theodore's enormous mouth and choppers. Though the book is amended with a few sentences about each of the 24 poems and their creators, only the flap copy mentions that these poems were a result of a contest to "find the best new writers of verse for children." Little will the child reader care about such adult concerns, though. The deep belly laughs and red-faced embarrassment that come from reading words like "pee" and "belch" will be enough to make this an instant favorite. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399235672
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    I Invited a Dragon

    Hilarious! Kids really will 'laugh out loud!'

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    Creatures, kids and imagination under one cover!

    This is a delightful book full of fun and humor. The authors make their ideas come alive and dance in my mind. The illustrator creates visions that truly do make me laugh out loud. My grandchildren love the fleas, the octopus, the centipede, the porcupine, the head, the tickle, the sandwich and the bath! This is a 'must' for children of all ages!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)