Waking Dragons

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Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!

Dragons wake up,
Dragons rise,
Dragons open
Dragon eyes.
From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with ...

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Overview

Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!

Dragons wake up,
Dragons rise,
Dragons open
Dragon eyes.
From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two bestselling talents, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Derek Anderson, this book will make any young reader fly out of bed.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dragons are just not morning people. They “bumble” and “tumble” out of bed, and the doughty little knight who is their master risks life and limb just getting them to “Put their jammies in the hamper.” But with a little patience and a delicious breakfast of waffles (served via catapult), the dragons are ready to serve as a form of airborne transportation to school that’s much more awesome than any old yellow bus. Yolen’s (the How Do Dinosaurs? books) informal, pared-down rhymes have some minor bumps (“breakfast waffles,/ topped with syrup,/ which makes dragons /really cheer up”), but they serve their purpose: setting up Anderson’s marvelous acrylic paintings. With cinematic framing, sculptural shapes, a strong sense of physical comedy, and a fittingly medieval palette of saturated jewel tones, Anderson (the Little Quack series) portrays his horned dragons as hulking slugabeds who morph into surprisingly nimble winged beasts. The young knight scampers around their massive bodies like a practiced mountain climber, willing to risk getting stomped for the reward of having the ultimate lift to Knight School. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
SLJ
"What a treat when Yolen employs her fantasy-writing talents for the younger set. Anderson’s familiar golden-washed cartoon paintings embellish the humor. Details like a fire extinguisher labeled 'In case of dragon breath,' as well as the dragons’ flying goggles, mean this story’s popularity will spread like fire."
Booklist
"Anderson’s charming, richly hued illustrations animatedly depict the armor-clad little knight and the cute, expressive dragons’ antics…Droll touches abound in the text, which highlights and celebrates responsibilities, from morning prep to providing transport. This delightful offering interweaves fun fantasy and familiar getting-ready routines in an entertaining, enjoyable read."
From the Publisher
"Yolen…keeps the energetic beat throughout. Anderson’s bright acrylic illustrations round out the spare text with many added details and guffaws. Morning-routine stories abound, but for the very young this one bounces with exuberance."

"What a treat when Yolen employs her fantasy-writing talents for the younger set. Anderson’s familiar golden-washed cartoon paintings embellish the humor. Details like a fire extinguisher labeled 'In case of dragon breath,' as well as the dragons’ flying goggles, mean this story’s popularity will spread like fire."

"With cinematic framing, sculptural shapes, a strong sense of physical comedy, and a fittingly medieval palette of saturated jewel tones, Anderson (the Little Quack series) portrays his horned dragons as hulking slugabeds who morph into surprisingly nimble wingled beasts."

"Anderson’s charming, richly hued illustrations animatedly depict the armor-clad little knight and the cute, expressive dragons’ antics…Droll touches abound in the text, which highlights and celebrates responsibilities, from morning prep to providing transport. This delightful offering interweaves fun fantasy and familiar getting-ready routines in an entertaining, enjoyable read."

School Library Journal
PreS-K—What a treat when Yolen employs her fantasy-writing talents for the younger set. In fewer than a dozen sentences, readers discover dragons' morning rituals, from fang brushing to "breakfast waffles,/topped with syrup,/which makes dragons/really cheer up." Luckily for the small knight who assists with their ablutions, part of the schedule includes delivering him to school. Anderson's familiar golden-washed cartoon paintings embellish the humor. Details like a fire extinguisher labeled "In case of dragon breath," as well as the dragons' flying goggles, mean this story's popularity will spread like fire.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Normally you don't want to wake the dragon… But even sleepy dragons need a little bit of prodding to open their eyes in the morning. An eager young knight and his faithful squire-puppy run around the bed, desperately tugging on blankets, dodging fiery yawns and heaving these great beasts off the mattress. Yolen is an expert on dinosaurs' daily activities (How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, illustrated by Mark Teague, 2000, etc.) and can put monsters to bed (Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, 2011), but what about dragons? Starting simply, with only a few words per page: "Dragons wake up. // Dragons rise. // Dragons open / dragon eyes." Yolen then plays with the scansion, but she keeps the energetic beat throughout. Some rhymes may cause eye-rolling at first ("syrup" and "cheer up," for example) but in the end come across as quite charming. The drippy, syrupy waffles catapulted into the dragons' mouths are too darn adorable to resist. Anderson's bright acrylic illustrations round out the spare text with many added details and guffaws. Tooth brushing, breakfast and other cranky morning chores may have readers guessing that these dragons are off to school, but they have another very important reason for waking up. Morning-routine stories abound, but for the very young this one bounces with exuberance. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416990321
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 236,536
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 200 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry and has even been called “the Hans Christian Anderson of America” (Newsweek). Jane Yolen lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at JaneYolen.com.

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Beautiful Book

    Time to get ready for school and get the dragons out of bed! Wonderful illustrations as these reluctant dragons get moving in the morning. Very few words are needed as the pictures tell the story. Even the little ones will love this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    If you love paintings to go with a brief story, this book is for you.

    The pictures are extraordinary! I was disappointed by the number of words in the story though. I bought the book for a five-year-old," and there just wasn't enough reading going on. I know it's a "picture book, but . . . .

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