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The Loathsome Dragon

The Loathsome Dragon

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by Kim Kahng
     
 

A lovely princess, a brave prince, a wicked stepmother, evil enchantments, magic rowan wood, and an immense, scaly dragon. . . . Favorite fairytale elements sparkle in The Loathsome Dragon, a traditional English tale. Majestic, romantic paintings by two-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner display the remarkable artistry and dizzying perspectives his work is

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A lovely princess, a brave prince, a wicked stepmother, evil enchantments, magic rowan wood, and an immense, scaly dragon. . . . Favorite fairytale elements sparkle in The Loathsome Dragon, a traditional English tale. Majestic, romantic paintings by two-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner display the remarkable artistry and dizzying perspectives his work is known for.

Now available once again—with several new illustrations, revised text, and a brief source note—this picture-book classic will delight David Wiesner’s many fans, and win him a generation of new ones.

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"Vivid...The uncomplicated telling and appealing double-page paintings make this a good introduction to the folk genre." SLJ School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This tale of enchantment and familial devotion is the retelling of a lesser known English fairy tale. Bamborough Castle is the home of a widowed Kking and his lovely daughter Margaret and son Childe Wynde. The King falls in love with a beautiful but wicked enchantress who, in a jealous rage, turns the Pprincess into a dragon. The story of Childe Wynde's quest to free his sister casts a spell on readers. The traditional telling is enhanced by Wiesner's classic watercolors. Few artists depict the medieval world or labyrinthine castles, venomous enchantresses and fair damsels as well; he is attentive to detail, with richly brocaded costumery of the period and architecturally correct renderings of castles and their interiors. The subtle palette of greens, grays and blues achieves a peaceful tonality. Ages 5-9. (October)
Publishers Weekly
Wiesner (Tuesday) and Kahng, his wife, give a straight account of a British fairytale and, unfortunately, Wiesner's illustrations show few of the high jinks and visual jests that characterize his previous work. The title dragon is actually the Princess Margaret, spellbound by her jealous stepmother. The king's new wife turns out to be an enchantress who summons hollow-eyed wraiths from the castle dungeon ("Nine times nine she passed her arms before herself, and three times three she chanted her evil spell"). The terrorized subjects consult a wizard, who explains that only Margaret's brother can return her to her human form. When the prince journeys back by sea, he is thwarted by the dragon ("This beast cannot be Margaret... for she would never oppose me so"), and is surprised to hear the creature speak in his sister's voice ("Oh, quit your sword, forget your fear/ And give me kisses three,/ For though I am a loathsome beast,/ No harm I'll do to thee"). Wiesner's pastel-tinted paintings dutifully provide the full panoply of fairytale props (knightly equipage, castle turrets with flying banners), but only in two spreads does the artist's signature wizardry emerge: castle maids swoon in comic horror when they enter Margaret's room to discover yards of the serpentine dragon; and, later, the snowy-haired wizard conjures his alchemical texts, which hang before him in mid-air, while a glowing image of the princess trapped within the dragon's coils appears in their midst. For a book that relies on magic, sadly, there's very little here. Ages 5-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6 Jealous of her lovely step daughter, the new Queen of Bambor ough Castle changes Margaret into a loathsome dragon until Childe Wynd, her brother who is traveling the world, returns and kisses her three times. Thus begins this ``little known English fairy tale.'' While the retelling is not distin guished, it follows traditional patterns and rhythms and is written in a form simple enough for young children to fol low and enjoy. The illustrations are del icate, misty, and enchanting, extending and harmonizing with the traditional motifs of this fairy tale. The dragon is pictured with softly rounded contours so that the imagination can believe that Princess Margaret lies beneath its green scales and sad blue eyes. The portrait of the queen, shriveled into a Loath some Toad, with robes and full head of red hair still flowing about her, will bring delight to justice-minded chil dren. This fairy tale picture book will be welcomed by storytellers and by those who enjoy reading aloud and sharing handsome illustrations with young listeners. Both the quality of the illustrations and the fact that this tale will be new to most readers make The Loathsome Dragon a good addition to any collection of ``retold'' folktales. Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618543595
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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"Vivid...The uncomplicated telling and appealing double-page paintings make this a good introduction to the folk genre." SLJ School Library Journal

Meet the Author


David Wiesner has won the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam—the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of two Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall and Mr. Wuffles. Internationally renowned for his visual storytelling, David has brought his artistry and his fascination with undersea life to a new genre, the graphic novel. He lives near Philadelphia with his family.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 1/2 yr old daughter loves this book. She has had me reading it to her every night for weeks now. She likes the artwork as well as the story.