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4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,168 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
Hardcover edition of the dazzling and irresistible picture book AGAIN! by Emily Gravett, the twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestle Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. Every night, baby dragon Cedric loves his mom to read his favorite dragon book. He wants to hear it over and over again until the exhausted mo ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published October 1st 2011)
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Picture Books About Dragons
7th out of 127 books — 16 voters
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Brent Weeks
Apr 26, 2016 Brent Weeks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Cedric the dragon's a bright angry red,
And this book is one your kid should have by her bed.
It's colorful, cute, and chock full of fire,
It's quite nice to read when your kids aren't tired.

AGAIN! goes in circles, unlike others you've read,
But with each new gyre, some new things are said.
It's wistful, and warm, and chock full of fire.
It's quite nice to read when your kids are wired.

AGAIN! is a book you'll re-read without dread,
Where you'll cheer for the trolls with your sleepy-head.
It's clever, an
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Cass
Fabulous story. A mother dragon is telling a bedtime story to her child. When she finished the child asks for it AGAIN. The mother reads the story again, shortening the story (I can completely relate to that!!). Each subsequent retelling she shortens and changes the story, inserting subtle messages to her child. Finally she falls asleep while she is telling the story (oh yes, I can relate to that), which makes her child upset (yup, my child got upset when I pretended to go to sleep while reading ...more
Jubilation Lee
So, a tiny part of me wasn't super thilled with this book, because there was no resolution. And yes, I realize, it's a 20-page story aimed at children... apparently I wanted something more along the lines of Interrupting Chicken, where there's an actual ending.

Here, Little Dragon has a pissy bitch fit, blows a hole in his favorite book, and... what now? His book is ruined forever, he's in a horrible mood, and he's still not asleep. The end?

It just didn't work for me.

But. One thousand stars for t
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The Library Lady
Aug 29, 2013 The Library Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Libraries with inifinite amount of money to replace materials. HAH!
Okay, who was the moron reviewer at Kirkus who managed NOT to mention that this book has a hole in the last page and in the back cover--where the little dragon has "burned" a hole in the story?

Whoever you are, thank you for letting me spend $17 of my precious book budget on a book that will be destroyed by the first toddler whose mother/nanny lets them play with this unattended.

This is the same old kid-wants-book-read-over-and-over-and-parent-falls-asleep story, only new and original because of
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Tasha
Apr 29, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It’s nearly bedtime and that means a bedtime story. Mama dragon and little dragon curl up together to share the story of the bright, red dragon Cedric who has never gone to bed. When they finish, the little dragon asks for it “Again?” Mama dragon agrees and readers will see another full page of the book that tells more about Cedric and his not sleeping. Mama reads it one more time before falling asleep herself. Readers will notice the little dragon getting redder and redder just as Cedric in the ...more
Lu Benke
Feb 27, 2014 Lu Benke rated it it was amazing
Emily Gravett can't be contained on the page! Read this one again and again and again. Each time you'll find another layer and another way to understand the story. Meanwhile, everything is falling, growing, moving off the page and providing much more than the usual cute story about bedtime foibles. Her dragons have attitude in their tails! But it is admittedly "cute" as well. The same qualities of story-within-a-story that I loved in Wolves are evident here. The illustrations remind me of one of ...more
Stephanie Croaning
Sep 22, 2013 Stephanie Croaning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I debated between giving this book 3 or 4 stars out of 5. The story itself is okay, but there are better examples out there, primarily INTERRUPTING CHICKEN.

Our main character is a young dragon named Cedric who brings his favorite book to mom to read to him before bed. His book is the story of an angry dragon who is angry because he never goes to bed. (Foreshadowing?) Little dragon wants mom to read the story again, and again, and again, until she finally falls asleep herself. (Be strong, Mama D
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Charlene
Nov 10, 2012 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: again
'Again!' is a story about Cedric the dragon who never sleeps being read his favourite bed time story. Cedric likes the story so much that he asks his mum to read it again several times and eventually gets some sleep.

I like this book because it relates to the adult reading as well as the children; as there are many circumstances where a story that is really enjoyed is read over and over. I also enjoyed the illustration and the burnt hole through the back of the book which can entice the children
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Amanda
Apr 28, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I would ask the students to make a prediction using the title and the image of a burn hole on the back of the book to predict what the story would be about. I have never seen a book like this one. I feel some students would enjoy it and understand what is happening and others wouldn't. This would be a good book to show different writing styles a student could do. Personally, I didn't like the story.
Nick
Jun 19, 2013 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I'm not normally a fan of gimmicky covers for books, but the back-cover punchline on this one is adorable.
The basic story is that a little dragon is being read a story about a dragon that never goes to sleep. This proves to NOT be a good bedtime story.
The grownup dragon gets tired and frustrated when the young dragon won't go to sleep and wants the story again and again. The young dragon gets frustrated when the grownup can't keep reading the story forever, and reading books yourself is just so
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Dolly
Jun 17, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a humorous tale about a young child's love of repetitive readings of a favorite book at bedtime. The rhyming narrative is entertaining, but the illustrations are the highlight of the book. Emily Gravett's ability to make a simple picture become something real is wonderful and the ending is quite startling, but makes for a terrific story.

One thing that I found noteworthy after reading other reviews here. I assumed that the parent dragon was Cedric's mommy, but others have assumed it was
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Monica
This one just joined the rank of my favorites, okay? Something so precious about this book--and it's clever and creatively illustrated. Very cool!
Joy
Nov 02, 2013 Joy rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Mixed feelings about this one. Every parent hears the "Again!" refrain at bedtime (or all day in some cases) and this story within a story of a little dragon who won't go to bed captures that and remains charming in many ways. The illustrations are terrific and the story works for me until the end, which isn't really an end. I guess I wish there was a resolution, even though I do like the hole in the back cover. To break this one down even further: 4 year old- 2 stars (she thought it was boring) ...more
Deirdre
A dragon bedtime story! What could be more brilliant? Well, nothing, if the book is by Emily Gravett! The description may make it sound a tad boring. I mean, what could be exciting about a little dragon who wants to hear the same story over and over and over and o v e r....... ?

This is one of the cutest bedtime stories I've seen -- very funny and charming! I'd be amazed if children don't emulate little Cedric the dragon, and ask for it over and over and over!

Brilliant! And it is on my personal l
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Amy Adams
Mar 26, 2014 Amy Adams rated it it was amazing
The main reason this book got five stars instead of four is the last page. It just cracks me up! I really like this story because I've been on both sides--I've been the kid who wants the story read a million times, but I've also been the adult who just wants to go to sleep. I still have an internal struggle between these two.
The story really starts on the inside front cover of the book. The book itself is not that long, but the book within the book is a little more wordy. Still, I think I'd be
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Barbara
Most parents or child caretakers will be able to relate to this delightful story. As is the case for many youngsters, Cedric finds it hard to settle down for bedtime until he's heard his favorite story read. But once is not enough for Cedric, and he clamors to hear it over and over again. As the story becomes shorter with each reading since his mother is exhausted, readers will notice that Cedric's green scales start turning redder with each version of the story--until the inevitable occurs. The ...more
Peggy
Feb 06, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that this book has a hole in the back is the first thing that drew me in. I'm a sucker for that gimmicky sort of thing! Luckily, the rest of the book can stand on its own, with or without the hole. The premise is that a young dragon is resisting his mother's attempts to put him to sleep. As she reads him his bedtime story, his frequent refrain is "AGAIN?" The mother re-reads the one-page story but shortens it each time in an attempt to get this little dragon to fall asleep; unfortunatel ...more
Cindy Dobrez
Jul 11, 2013 Cindy Dobrez rated it it was amazing
Do you have a child who says "Again?" when you finish reading a favorite book? You will need this one. Full review and a link to a dragon drawing lesson at my blog: http://bookends.booklistonline.com/20...
Jennifer Binns
Again! is a fantasy story told about a young dragon and his parent. The young dragon has an appetite for his bedtime story, wanting his parent to read it to him over and over again. The reader gets a small glimpse of the story as parts of the pages are included. The story the young dragon loves happens to be about another dragon! In the end the young dragon throws such a tantrum that he ends up burning a hole in his beloved book! This book is perfect for younger children, ages 2-6 or even grown- ...more
Dione Basseri
Oct 28, 2015 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
This is one of those picture books that's more for the parents than the kids. Kids might get it, but parents will know this feeling.

Cedric the dragon should be ready to go to sleep, but he keeps asking his mother to read a story one more time. As his mother falls asleep and he isn't allowed his story, he grows more and more angry until he throws a temper tantrum worthy of a dragon. Or a two year old.

The artwork is fairly interesting, with Cedric beginning the night as a calm green and growing re
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Adrienne
Jan 04, 2014 Adrienne rated it did not like it
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Bonnie Jean
Sep 23, 2014 Bonnie Jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another T pick from the library. T loved this story of a little dragon who asks for his favorite bedtime story to be read over and over again- we read it several times in a row this afternoon I took off one star for me because while I thought the book was way fun and I loved the burned hole in the back cover (yeah, I'm a sucker for gimmicky books that way), I could have appreciated a bit more resolution to the story (I mean, it's cute and all, but what does the dragon do now that he's thrown a t ...more
Drew Graham
Nov 25, 2015 Drew Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
It's almost bedtime, and a young dragon is excited for his mother to read his favorite story to him. But as he insists on reading it again and his mother gets increasingly worn out, the story doesn't quite keep its integrity.

This was a fun and relateable variation on the read-it-again-until-the-parent-is-kind-of-sick-of-it-and-would-rather-not bedtime story. The characters have personality and it's fun to see how the story changes as the mother gets tired of telling it. It doesn't have the best
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Alison
Jul 22, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a brilliantly funny picture book to share with children 3+. It's time for Cedric the baby dragon to fall asleep, so mother dragon reads him his favourite story. Of course, once isn't enough, so he demands AGAIN! Eventually the story sends mother dragon to sleep before Cedric, so he has to try AGAIN for himself

This is a great book to discuss favourite stories and bedtime routines with Nursery and Reception children. Older children will find it funny, and it would be brilliant to discuss p
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Corin
Sep 13, 2014 Corin rated it really liked it
Shelves: edsl-520
Genre: Virginia Reader's Choice
Cedric the dragon LOVES his bedtime story. He loves it so much, he asks his mom to read it again, again and AGAIN. As mom continues to read, she gets tired and Cedric gets angry, causing a surprising ending!
Themes: Bed-time story, Fractured Fairy Tale, persistance
Ways to use: This book would be fun read aloud to add to a fairy tale unit. Rather than the traditional princess story, it is about the dragon. The illustrations are SO fun to investigate. The illustration
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Kalee Stegehuis
Dec 19, 2013 Kalee Stegehuis rated it really liked it
I’ve always been a fan of Emily Gravett, and Again! delivers her usual quirky charisma that I love.

The story narrates a mother’s patience with her child’s stubbornness. It is about a child’s love for his favorite story and the consequences of losing sight of necessities (like sleep). I loved the relationship between the mother and her son. I found it to be honest. You may not have experienced a tired child at bedtime who refuses to go to sleep, but Again! is accurate.

The short picturebook may no
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Whole And
The five star rating comes directly from the extraordinary experience we had with this completely fun book. My daughter wanted to read Again! again and again....

Simple yet engaging, Emily Gravett delivers a terrific read through this story of a mother dragon reading a book to her child, again and again.

Despite the lightness of the story, it can also be used to talk through hot emotions that a child may experience and how they can be damaging.

Great sense of humour.
Thank you Emily!

Shannonmde
Apr 25, 2013 Shannonmde rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, tla
Book review by me for the TBP blog -- Again and Dragons Love Tacos.

If you ask the three year old at my house what she wants to eat, 9 times out of 10, she will tell you tacos. If you ask the dragons in the book Dragons Love Tacos what they want to eat, they will also answer tacos. Dragons love tacos, but not spicy salsa (that sounds a lot like my three year old). Spicy salsa leads to awful, dragon-y results. I have been gushing about this book for awhile and am excited to find it added in our p
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Acey Bee
Jun 28, 2013 Acey Bee rated it really liked it
'Again!' is a story about Cedric the dragon who never sleeps being read his favourite bed time story. Cedric likes the story so much that he asks his mum to read it again several times and eventually gets some sleep.

I like this book because it relates to the adult reading as well as the children; as there are many circumstances where a story that is really enjoyed is read over and over. I also enjoyed the illustration and the burnt hole through the back of the book which can entice the children
...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
Jul 16, 2013 Joella www.cinjoella.com rated it really liked it
Shelves: night, library, dragon, family
A young green dragon wants a book read at bedtime. The book is about a dragon who doesn’t sleep and is therefore a “bright angry red”. The young dragon enjoyed the book so much that the multiple cries of “again” alerts the adult dragon to read the story all over again (and again). The adult dragon obliges and re-reads; however, he is getting sleepy. The young dragon gets angry that the story isn’t read due to the slumbering dragon and therefore turns red with anger…and blows a hole in the back o ...more
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more
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