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A Poor Excuse for a Dragon

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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.
Good leveled reading book for kids. Holds their interest and is funny.
Read this story with my first grader. She enjoyed it.
OCLS Staff Picks
A short chapter book about a dragon that is not good at being scary, but with help from his friends he finds out what he is really good at.

Dream Big (Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended book

Available from OCLS in print and eBook.
May 05, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
This is a "Level 4 Reader" meaning it has challenging vocabulary, short paragraphs and exciting stories for newly independent readers who read simple sentences with confidence and recommended for grades 2 - 3.

Fred is a dragon who doesn't have a strong roar or the ability to breathe fire with zing...yet finds his place the world. Readers will enjoy that he finds his place.
A very cute transitional reader; funny story and cute illustrations. The characters look like plush animals or toys; some very round and cuddly looking.
One day a young dragon is sent off from his parents to go and cause havoc in the world, something he isn't very good at.
Fun story, challenging sentences, cute illustrations.

themes: dragons, giants, princesses, talking animals, witches
Amanda_DJ n' Zac
Very cute book DJ chose for one of his summer reading programs. Good from beginning to end for us both :)
The Library Lady
Cute in the good sense of cute--not cloying. Nice little beginning reader.
Andrea Labonte
Very funny book. If you like Dragons read this book.
Super cute and fun read!
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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.
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