Jousting with Jesters: An ABC for the Younger Dragon

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When Dennis the dragon emerges from his egg, he cannot yet breathe fire. This is not unusual in the dragon world, but the quest Dennis undertakes to find his flame most certainly is. An alphabetical series of instructions guides the young dragon as he journeys from castle to countryside, from fairground to forest until he arrives at the blazing crater of a volcano. He meets villains, imps, gnomes and knights along the way – as well as a mischievous jester who stays close to his ...

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Overview

When Dennis the dragon emerges from his egg, he cannot yet breathe fire. This is not unusual in the dragon world, but the quest Dennis undertakes to find his flame most certainly is. An alphabetical series of instructions guides the young dragon as he journeys from castle to countryside, from fairground to forest until he arrives at the blazing crater of a volcano. He meets villains, imps, gnomes and knights along the way – as well as a mischievous jester who stays close to his side from A to Z.

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“An elegantly entertaining elphabet!” – Guy Gavriel Kay
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
A new way to practice the alphabet is presented in this purported book of instructions for Dennis, the young dragon who is looking for his fame. As he moves from A—"Avoid aunties armed with arrows"—to B—"Beware of barons bringing broadswords to breakfast"—through the alphabet, he travels through the countryside, encountering magicians, gnomes, trolls, palaces, and towns, growing larger and growing wings as he goes. He finally finds fire to breathe, and flies back to be welcomed as the "Dragon of Castle Yarrow." Full-page scenes framed with twisting tree branches include a variety of inhabitants, like animals, birds, pixies, none of which really relate to his search. Of course additional figures appear here and there in the landscape and in town for visual pleasure as well. The Middle Ages seems to be the intended setting, with costumes, cobblestones, and "queenly quests" prompting our imaginations with reference to Medieval manuscripts. The double-page scene in the queen's gallery, with its varied decorations and cast of characters, is particularly attractive. Compare the first green summery landscape including Dennis's birth, with the winter landscape at the book's back, with the full-grown dragon overlooking it all. Springett has added objects on each page's illustration beginning with that page's letter for the reader to find, with help on his web site.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554552245
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Springett is the illustrator of The Follower and Night Walker and the author/illustrator of Breakfast on a Dragon’s Tail. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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A Avoid aunties armed with arrows
B Beware of barons bringing broadswords to breakfast
C Careful when passing a capering carnival

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