Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #1)

Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series #1)

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Overview

The first two volumes of Patricia C. Wrede's beloved, bestselling Enchanted Forest Chronicles!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152045661
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

PATRICIA C. WREDE has written many novels, including Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot and The Grand Tour coauthored with Caroline Stevermer, as well as the four books in her own series, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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"What a charmer! . . . Laugh-out-loud reading pleasure."—Booklist
"Full of excitement . . . and good humor. . . . Wrede's delightful voice is all her own."—School Library Journal
"[An] upbeat and lively story."—VOYA

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Dealing with Dragons 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 185 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books when I was a kid in middle school. Ten years later I went back to read them again and I still LOVE them! Great stories for all ages!
Kahlessa More than 1 year ago
This is the first of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede. The series consists of four novels:

1. Dealing with Dragons
2. Searching for Dragons
3. Calling on Dragons
4. Talking with Dragons

The books are fantasy, with good adventure and plenty of humor. I read the series again about every two years. I know it's a good series for young people because I was student teaching in an 8th grade class when I discovered it. Some of the students recommended it. But so far all the adults I have recommended it to have also enjoyed the novels.
Laurie_Jane_Kaye More than 1 year ago
All 4 of these books are amazing! Don't be fooled by the cover and section you find them in, they're not just for kids. These books are jam packed with fantasy, humor, great characters, and non stop good plot lines. Good to read on your own or in the classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book appropriate for people of all ages! I read these as a kid, and have been searching madly for them again. It is unfortunate that the series isn't available in store. But I have requested them to be made into an ebook, for all you nook owners out there! A must read, even as an adult!
Ben10rules More than 1 year ago
Ok, so Princess Cimorene was expected to become a "proper princess", despite her non-princessy looks. But her parents caught her doing very un-princess like things, such as fenceing, learnig Latten, and so on. When her parents want her to marry a prince she is not fond of, she runs away to the dragons to work as a servent. All the dragons are unsure of what to think. One dragon named Kazul, decides to take her in and Cimorene learn the ways of the dragons fast. When she discovers an evil plot among the wizards, she immeditaly tell Kazul and they, along whith Morwen and tow others embark on a dangerous journey, filled whith magic and lies, friends and foes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
tThis is one of the most clever and funny books i've read. It has all the stuff i love in a book and more i can't believe how amazing this book is. I think if u love fantasy and love and want to have a good laugh this is the book for you. The last thing i got to say, is this is only the beginning to a extrodinary collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and I strongly recomend you buy it. It's one of those books you don't want to put down because somethings always happening!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was simply a charming book. It was cute witty, and very unusual. It centers around a princess who does things that are considered by everyone else 'simply not done' which makes her the perfect candidate for helping uncover a sinister plot and stopping it. A very quick read for a slightly advanced reader, but a great little book. What is really great is how it all gets neatly wrapped up at the end, the way books used to be like when I was younger and doesn't end in death and drama like most adult books. This is just a clean carefree book that gives you a break between more serious stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic! Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede is a great book. This was my favorite book of all the adventure books I have read. The book had so much suspense that hooked me in right away. I couldn¿t even stop reading this book because it was so good. I¿m telling you this is a fantastic book! Dealing with Dragons is about a princess who runs away to work for a dragon because she didn¿t want to be a princess any more. The princess¿s name is Cimorene Princess of Linderwall. Her dragons name is Kazul, which is a female. Kazul took Cimorene since nobody else wanted to have a princess as their slave. Cimorene had duties everyday, from cleaning to running errands for Kazul. In the cave, which they live in, had so many tunnels that if u didn¿t know your way around you would get lost very quick. After everything was clean she would go and cook dinner for Kazul and her. Then she would clean up and go to bed and that was the end of her day. Some days, Cimorene would have visitors like her friend Morwen, princes, and other princesses. One day Morwen came by and told her that somebody stole a book from a dragon. She said that everybody thought it was wizards who did it but they were not for sure if the wizards did it. After a couple of days dragons were hearing things that would lead them to who did it but they still didn¿t have much evidence to prove it was the wizards. Well I can¿t go any farther or I will give away the ending. You don¿t want me giving the ending away do you? People who like dragons, princes, princesses, witches, and magical things should read this book. It would also be great for the people who like quick books. This was such a great book I would read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dealing with Dragons has nothing to do with dealing, only living. Cimorene is a rebellious, bored teenage princess. In turn, this book may appeal to rebellious, bored teenagers. Mainly girls. It's funny and brings all the classic strong heroine-less fairy tales together. Unfortunately, I found a LOTR name in here and that put me off a bit... but I love it!
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've long been wanting to reread Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I read them as a child and was just not being impressed (and actually took a little offense here and there). But since that time I've been assured that I must have missed the fact that it's a parody of fairy tale conventions, and that it really is a fun and rewarding little fantasy series. I've been collecting the volumes secondhand to reread all at once, and finally got my hands on the last one I was missing.Sometimes, you should just trust yourself as a child. You had less clouding your brain. The plot is fairly simple. Princess Cimorene runs away from a boring arranged marriage, volunteering to be a dragon's princess instead. Unfortunately all the knights in the area want to rescue Cimorene, but she's quite happy where she is, making cherries jubilee and keeping house for her dragon Kazul. But soon troublesome knights become the least of Cimorene's worries, when the wizards start plotting to steal the dragons' magic by assassinating the King of the Dragons and rigging the trials that determine the next King. I guess there is a cuteness to the story and it's fun to see certain fairytale conventions subverted. But there's something almost bitter about the way Wrede satirizes them. Maybe that's why I never loved these books as a child. The Enchanted Forest series exists in the context of fantasy literature, but it's merciless toward its own tradition. Maybe I'm overstating ¿ some of the parody is quite fun ¿ but this underlying arrogance bothered me enough to reaffirm my childhood impressions. It isn't that I don't like Wrede; I quite enjoyed her Sorcery & Cecelia series. Oddly enough, I've gone on with the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. They're short and easy reads, and I was amused enough to keep going. But I don't think I'll be rereading them. Meh.
lilasia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was probably one of the first 50 books I read when I was just starting out with reading Fantasy stories.. when I would warily walk over to the Young Adult section of the library, unsure if I fit into that category. I have fond memories of the book, which is probably why I'm putting up the five stars. Would I have the same reaction if I was reading it for the first time today? I'm not sure. What I do know is that this was probably the first book I'd read dealing with a fairy tale princess in a fairy tale setting, refusing to accept her stereotypical lot in life. Cimorene is intelligent, witty, and strong-willed... not something that a lot of *proper* princesses are known for where she comes from... and she doesn't even have the look of the princess. Instead of waiting to be in position for a political marriage or being kidnapped by (and then rescued from) a dragon, an ogre, or what-have-you, she goes and seeks out a dragon herself... and later finds herself heavily involved in the politics of dragons and other magical folk. The book is aimed for much younger readers (and can definitely be read in elementary levels), so the plot doesn't get overly complicated.. but there are enough complexities to keep the story going.
alana_leigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I discovered Patricia C. Wrede when I was ten or eleven years old after stumbling upon Dealing with Dragons on the bookstore shelf. Having recently started reading YA fantasy novels (aka having only read Tamora Pierce), Wrede represented a lighter, wittier strand of fantasy that made her books a quickly-devoured delight and I was only sorry not to have more of them. This particular series features a strong female lead named Princess Cimorene (well, leads if one counts Kazul, the female dragon) who is not interested in limiting her talents to "what princesses are supposed to do," and so Cimorene takes control of her own future. Yes, the storylines feature wizards and dragons, but I sincerely believe that it's heroines like Cimorene that help teach young girls to grow up as strong women, deciphering their own desires without simply submitting to what is expected of them.Cimorene is the seventh and youngest daughter of the King and Queen of Linderwall and her parents are more than a little frustrated with her. Her six older sisters are blonde and just the perfect height so they might gaze adoringly up at a prince through their long eyelashes. Cimorene is tall, black-haired, and more than a little headstrong. She wants nothing to do with the boring subjects normally taught to princesses (lots of classes on etiquette, dancing, embroidery, and the proper reactions for every eventuality that might befall a princess... particularly how loud one should scream when being abducted by giants and so forth). Cimorene, instead, manages to bully a succession of court figures into giving her lessons in fencing, cooking, magic, juggling, and Latin (each new subject picked up when her father discovers one and puts an end to it). At 16, she begs her fairy godmother to do something about this situation and while her godmother tells Cimorene that her feelings on the matter are all just a phase that she'll grow out of, the King and Queen decide that it's time to just have Cimorene properly wed and out of their hair. So they travel to another kingdom on the pretense of attending a tournament and Cimorene discovers the engagement plot just in time. After trying to convince the prince Therandil (a handsome but dim fellow) to call off the engagement, Cimorene finds herself without any other recourse than to take off and follow the directions from a talking frog (not an enchanted prince, mind, just a frog who'd picked up enough chatter from enchanted princes) to the Mountains of Morning and some individuals who might be inclined to help her. Those individuals turn out to be dragons and after explaining her situation, Cimorene finds herself taken on by the dragon Kazul as her captive princess. As Kazul's princess, Cimorene is responsible for some cooking, library organization, and treasure sorting, which all sounds much more interesting to Cimorene than any class she was assigned to take to be a regular princess. Kazul, thankfully, is a level-headed and pleasant dragon and so Cimorene finds herself quite happy with her situation... though it isn't long before the knights start showing up. Her parents did the proper and expected thing in this situation (naturally) after learning their daughter is in the custody of a dragon and offered up a reward of half the kingdom to the prince or knight who could rescue their daughter. Cimorene is a bit impressed that her parents would bother, but nonetheless, she shooes off a number of knights and princes before Therandil himself makes an appearance. Seeing as he feels he's particularly expected to rescue her, it takes quite a while for Cimorene to get rid of him, though he continues to pop back up and insist upon his duty. Meanwhile, Cimorene's own duties do not keep her from noticing a increasing number of wizards lurking about the Mountains of Morning. After one of Kazul's friends, the witch Morwen, suggests that a simple an unsuspicious sign (such as "Road Washed Out") will at least h
bfertig on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great series! So much fun!
smohri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It had elements of magic, adventure, humor, and female empowerment. Unlike traditional princess stories, Cimorene is a tombory and the King of the Dragons turns out to be a female. I particularly enjoyed the references to other more traditional fairy tales. I thought this was a fun book to read with a great message. I would happily recommend this book, especially to girls.
Annod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So Fun, you go Princess!
Rozax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for preteens entering the world of fantasy. I think boys who give it a chance will be pleasantly surprised. At the time of this review's publication, I am 23 years old, and I'm looking forward to rereading these books. After I'm finished, I plan on giving them to my niece. No offense meant to my nephews, she's just the oldest.
writinghigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Reluctant PrincessCimorene, the youngest daughter of the King of Linderwall, was a very reluctant princess. She wore her long jet-black hair in braids instead of curled and pinned like her sisters. She had the best tutors in dancing, embroidery, and etiquette, but Cimorene found it all very dull. She preferred to sneak away and take classes in fencing, magic, and economics. Her parents wouldn¿t hear of it, and put and end to that nonsense. When she was old enough to marry the prince of Sathem-by-the-Mountains, Cimorene rebelled. She did what any reluctant princess would do; she ran away and became the princess for the dragon Kazul.Patricia C. Wrede¿s young adult novel, Dealing With Dragons, spoofs fairy tales as it develops a fascinating arc between the rebellious princess and Kazul, a powerful and dangerous dragon. Readers will laugh at the connections Wrede makes to familiar fairy tales. We all know witches melt when a bucket of water is tossed on them, but in Cimorene¿s world water mixed with suds and lemon is what is needed to dissolve a wicked wizard. From first page to last readers will be flipping pages to see how Cimorene survives life with her dragon friends and perhaps help them out of life threatening predicaments. Enjoy.
navelos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. Lighthearted and humorous. I'm looking forward to the next one.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cimorene isn't your regular princess. She doesn't want to dance, curtsy, sing or sew. She wants to sword fight, cook, cast spells and do what she wants, not what someone tells her to do! Unfortunately, this makes Cimorene a misfit in the princess community and her parents are worried about her. The King and Queen set up a marriage for Cimorene, hoping to make her more princessly. To get out of it Cimorene decides to run away and volunteer to become a dragon's princess (also not something princesses are supposed to do!) Girls will love Cimorene's attitude and strength as they follw her deep into the shadows of the dragons cave. The whole series is a must read.
jcsoblonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh this book is an old old favorite...I was 12 years old, looking for books at the library when a teenage girl suggested this series to me. I fell in love with it...and I still love these books today. Now I want to read it again...
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yay for a princess who breaks the mold. :) This reminded me a lot of "The Ordinary Princess", except Cimorene is more accomplished - she sneaks lessons in fencing, cooking, magic, and Latin before her parents drag her back to embroidery and etiquette. The world is similar in tone to Lackey's 500 Kingdoms setting, everyone is aware of the conventions of fairy tales and works with them, but it's less annoying in this one. :) Cimorene has to deal with knights and princes who wish to rescue her from her chosen dragon, wizard plots, and prissy princesses that aren't happy with their dire fates. She does find friends in the cave complex, gets along well with her dragon, and finds lots to keep her occupied, and I look forward to reading more about her adventures.
bramon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
D-Perhaps the best things about the Harry Potter books is that they have helped to wash books like this back up from relative obscurity.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Princess Cimorene, dark haired, intellegent and headstrong, is not a proper princess. So, when her marriage to the totally proper and totally annoying Therendril is announced, she runs away, on the advice of a frog, and becomes Princess to the dragon Kazul. There she is allowed to cook, clean, read Latin and learn magic. Cimorene discovers wizards, where no wizard should be, and with the help of her friends Allinora and the witch Morwen, must foil their evil plot. I loved this series as a pre-teen, and recently listened to the audio with my 6-year old. It holds up. Hearing it as a mom, I'm glad that there are girls like Cimorene for my daughter to hear about.
kiri_wren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clever and unique. Cimorene is a superb heroine who defies the norm of princesses being "damsels in distress". The theme of defying social norms and expectations shows up in several places in this series, bringing humor and fun but also important messages, I think.