There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

There's No Such Thing as a Dragon

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by Jack Kent
     
 

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A classic dragon tale returns in paperback!

When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house—and that’s just the beginning!

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A classic dragon tale returns in paperback!

When Billy Bixbee finds a tiny dragon in his bedroom, his mom tells him, “There’s no such thing as a dragon!” This only makes the dragon get bigger. He grows, and grows, and grows, until he’s bigger than Billy’s house—and that’s just the beginning!

Charming text and playful illustrations by well-known author-illustrator Jack Kent pair in a terrific story that demonstrates how a little attention can make a big difference, no matter what size the problem.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon (1975) by Jack Kent, part of the Family Storytime series, relates the charming tale of Billy Bixbee, who awakens to find a dragon "about the size of a kitten" sitting on his bed. The dragon grows by leaps and bounds, until Billy dares to pet the attention-seeking creature and it shrinks back down into an adoring little lap dragon. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Billy finds a little dragon in his room one morning and tries to tell his mother but she says that dragons do not exist. In spite of his mother's disbelief, the real dragon follows Billy around everywhere he goes. But there is one problem—the dragon starts to get bigger and bigger. As he grows, some very amusing things happen along the way. Pretty soon the dragon is bigger than the house and the whole neighborhood learns about him. But what will Billy's mother think? Does she ever realize that there actually is a dragon? Read the book to find out what discoveries are made by the dragon and others as he explores things around him. Children will enjoy reading this hilarious book. The wonderful cartoonlike illustrations on each page make the story come to life. This delightful book would be fun to read during library time, in a classroom, or just for fun. 2005 (orig. 1975), Golden Books/Random House, Ages 5 to 8.
—Cathi I. White

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375851377
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
228,330
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jack Kent has illustrated many children’s book favorites including Golden Books’ Mrs. Mooley, Simon and Schuster’s The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, and Random House’s Jack Kent’s Happy-Ever-After Book.

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There's No Such Thing as a Dragon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon was my favorite picture book as a child. Not only does it have a dragon in it, which absolutely thrilled me, that dragon is hilarious! It tries on pajamas, eats Billy's pancakes, chases after the bread truck, and grows so big that Billy's mother has to lift its tail to mop the floor properly. Jack Kent's illustrations are vivid and friendly, their cartoonish lines conveying just the right shades of emotion, and the text is short enough for a bedtime read, yet still long enough to allow for a meaningful story. The story itself is amusing and insightful, just as enjoyable now as when I read it as a child.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
billybixbee's mother did not belive in dragons and so the problem kept on getting bigger and bigger and then at the end she belived there was something that was a dragon since bilybixbee has been telling her
Guest More than 1 year ago
NO SUCH THING AS A DRAGON is second only to Jack Kent's SOCKS FOR SUPPER (currently out of print)in my list of favorite children's books of all time. And I've yet to meet a child who didn't just fall in love with the Dragon and the story itself. Great for girls or boys and for the grown-ups who do the reading as well....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book teaches us that we must identify (or admit to) our problems before the problems carry us away(literally). I first read it to my children as a bedtime book. Later I let some of my adult friends read it. They all agree! I am considering using it in manufacturing consulting.