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A Poor Excuse for a Dragon
Fred the dragon has a list of tasks he must complete in order to be a successful dragon—none of which comes naturally. But he's determined to make #5—eat people—work. Before you can say "pass the salt" he's gobbled up three people even though he doesn't have the stomach for it. Luckily a local shepherd, with the help of a giant and a witch, knows how to cure what ails him ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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A book my 5 yr old loved, a little old for my preschoolers. A solid reading level 4 book, this reader has a good amount of advanced vocabulary words, but not so long that it discourages a new reader. Used it for his read out loud book, which was perfect. It took about 20 mins for him to read and had just enough new vocabulary words to make it challenging. Also, it was a fun and interesting story he could get into. He liked it so much, he asked for more by this author. Great reading book!
Try as he might Fred the dragon just doesn't have a ferocious bone in his body. My kids (and me) really enjoyed this cute and funny story of Fred the dragon trying to become this big scary dragon but failing miserably. This book is great for 1st-3rd graders as it does contain bigger and more words in regards to your child reading it. Of course, if you the parent will be doing the reading then younger kids will enjoy this story as well.
May 05, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
Our girls liked this book, but I just thought it was okay. The narrative is humorous, but just didn't engage me and the illustrations, while colorful really seemed strangely off. Princess Viniver's head, for example, looks like a balloon. Very odd. Still, it's a quick read and will likely appeal to beginning readers.
Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children’s books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear By Himself, and When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown.More about Geoffrey Hayes...