Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire.
But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn't come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with
Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day.
With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can't help feeling a little bit different.
About the Author
Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children's author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes both chapter books and picture books, all of which are highly flammable. If you are reading this book with a dragon, he asks you to please use caution. When not writing or putting out fires, Dan travels about, visiting many schools and libraries. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife, artist and goldsmith, Dominique Bréchault (who happens to own a blowtorch!).
Tim Bowers has illustrated over thirty books, including the New York Times best seller, Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi. His books have received numerous state and national awards and have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections. His artwork has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition in New York and Los Angeles and the prestigious Original Art Exhibition, celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration. Although Mr. Bowers was born into a proud family of hairdressers (his mother was a hairdresser, his grandmother was a hairdresser and his great-grandfather was a barber) he opted to become an illustrator. Now, without hair, Bowers continues to enjoy telling stories with pictures, which is not your typical Bowers.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el:
“Bowers colorful bug-eyed dragons and Middle-Age-meets-the-suburbs setting amplify the humor in Bar-el’s prose...” —Publishers Weekly
"Share this with your favorite atypical kids." —Kirkus
"The text emphasizes the positives of being unique." —School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Crispin is turning seven and should be able to breath fire, but when he opens his mouth, fire doesn't come out. Something else does! Crispin manages to breathe out whipped cream, party streamers, bubbles, and beach balls, but never fire. He makes an unlikely friend in a quivering young knight and together they realize that being different isn't always a bad thing. With engaging illustrations and a humorous storyline, Not Your Typical Dragon delivers a timeless message of individuality and self-worth that kids will love.
I bought this book for my son who was dealing with kids who were picking on him because he was different; he was diagnosed with Aspergers. The fact that the main character, the dragon, was different from the other dragons made my son feel better about himself and he was able to relate. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who wants to help their child feel better about themselves and the fact it is ok to be different.