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Dragon Stew
     

Dragon Stew

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by Steve Smallman, Lee Wildish (Illustrator)
 

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Five bored Vikings went out hiking, looking for adventure, for something bold, and new. So they thought they’d hunt a dragon, and then tie it to their wagon, take it home and chop it up to make a dragon stew! But when the Vikings find their dragon, they get a BIG surprise!

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Five bored Vikings went out hiking, looking for adventure, for something bold, and new. So they thought they’d hunt a dragon, and then tie it to their wagon, take it home and chop it up to make a dragon stew! But when the Vikings find their dragon, they get a BIG surprise!

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The five Vikings in this rhyming story are bored with stealing cattle and engaging in battle. Their days of fishing in the dark for sharks and wrestling bears while wearing underwear are over. They want to do something new. When Loggi Longsocks suggests making dragon stew, they immediately head out to sea where they battle giant squid and sail through storms before arriving at Dragon Island. The creature they encounter there will surprise readers. Humor is used extensively in the text and illustrations. One Viking has a bird living in the branches of his helmet, while another carries a "pointy dragon poking thing" instead of a weapon. On the final pages, as the Vikings sit in the water learning a painful lesson about the consequences of being mean to a dragon, they ask a question many parents hear over and over again, "So, NOW what can we do?"—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
"Five bored Vikings went out hiking," looking for adventure...or just something to do. Gangly Loggi Longsocks (in shades of pink from head to toe and sporting a skull belt buckle) suggests catching a dragon and making a stew. In no time, they load a ship with supplies and set sail. When a giant orange squid attacks their ship, they tie its tentacles into knots. They travel a long time--until all their sandwiches are gone. Luckily, a passing killer whale guides them to Dragon Island, where an enormous pile of poo tells them they're on the right track; they climb a rocky hill that turns out to be the dragon, who sets all their pants on fire as they flee. Smallman's text, in phonetically crunchy verse, bounces humorously along, and Wildish makes each member of the Viking quintet deliciously distinct. The ending's a bit of a letdown, but readers both young and old should laugh at the resemblance of these ragtag Vikings to resourceful kids battling boredom in the backyard. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561486953
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Dragon Stew 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
This fun, creative book is the perfect choice for a read-aloud.   "Five bored Vikings went out hiking, looking for adventure, something daring, bold and new.  So they thought they'd hunt a dragon, and tie it to their wagon, take it home and chop it up and make a dragon stew!"  But when the Vikings set off to find their dragon, they get a big surprise... Young and old will laugh at the antics of this motley crew as they go to round up a dragon for their dinner.  None of them have a clue what a dragon even is, but does that stop them?  No way...they have made up their mind and that is exactly what they are going to do.  They pack some sardine sandwiches, board their Viking boat, and watch out dragon here they come.   They remember to pack a poking stick, (a long pole with a floppy hand tied to it to actually poke). That is a good thing if you meet up with a dragon. They manage to scare off a giant squid by dangling smelly, old socks at him.  That was ingenious for sure.  They secure themselves tightly to a killer whale of all things to hitch a lift to Dragon Island.  All good so far but they are not prepared at all when they finally meet up with the dragon.  The surprise ending will have kids, and adults, laughing out loud. Written in rhyme and including such captivating ingredients as : squelchy bogs, smelly socks, dragon poo and quirky, hilarious characters and beasts, this book will be a hit for sure.  I like the fact that the Vikings include a girl in their crew. Very wise and inclusive.  The illustrations are humorous, quirky and very detailed pulling the reader into the delightful rhyming text. My favourite? I loved Grim and his hairy armpits.  I laughed right out loud. Perfectible. I enjoyed  the book immensely and highly recommend it.