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Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  54,486 ratings  ·  1,995 reviews
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart - and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon - and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for.

Cover illustrator: Peter de Sève
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 18th 1990)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
"He doesn't seem very impressed," Cimorene commented in some amusement.
"Why should he be?" Kazul said.
"Well, you're a dragon," Cimorene answered, a little taken aback.
"What difference does that make to a cat?"
Before Harry Potter, there was Princess Cimorene, a dragon named Kazul, and the Enchanted Forest. I am no longer a 11-year old girl. I am a grown-ass woman, and I still love this book as much as I did the first time I read it.

Share this book with your sisters, your daughters, your nieces.
I was organizing my childhood bedroom over the weekend and ended up getting nothing done, because I found my old copy of Dealing With Dragons and CLEARLY had to sprawl on the floor re-reading it to find out if it’s as amazing as I remembered.

It… it might actually be more amazing, friends.

Because while I had remembered all the Action and Excitement and also Dragons and Melting The Shit Out Of Wizards With Cleaning Products, apparently little pre-teen me had missed all the underlying positive femi
This is the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. My daughter read them when she was at the point where reading changes from being work to being fun. So it was one of the first "serious" books (> 100 pages and no pictures) that she read on her own for pleasure. First my wife read the series aloud to her. Then she read them all to herself. Then she read this book out loud to me.

The story is told from the point of view of Princess Cimorene. She's a curious, intelligent girl who hates t
I would place this book somewhere between The Ordinary Princess and the Harry Potter series in terms of complexity of plot, age appropriateness and the amount of fun I had reading it. I really enjoyed reading this book and likely would have given it 5 stars if I had read it at a younger age (say at the age of 8 years or so). As it is, after Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, it's hard to give this book 5 stars. Having said that, this is a very interesting story of a Princess who detests traditi ...more
Aug 30, 2007 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the wonderful ladies out there whose dying for innocent childlike humor
This is my happy book. I read it when I was in middle school and I love it because its not your average fairy tale. Yes you have princess's and prince's and yes you have dragons and wizards and magic but it's not exactly like the common tale of where the prince slays the dragon with the wizard to help him act clever to save the damsel in distress and or princess. No no it's more of the princess becomes friends with a dragon and when a prince comes and saves her she tells them to go away.

Sick and
I found this book at the library and I was so excited because I read it a couple of times when I was younger, in 4th or 5th grade I think. So it's a kid's book but it is so much fun. Great fantasy and tons of humor. You can't help but laugh, at least I couldn't! Funny story related to this book. Back when I first read this, when I was younger, like I said, I had a friend my age who also read it. Well, she and I happened to have some little plastic toy dragons and wizards and we'd use them to act ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Lau rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lau by: Goodread's Readers Also Enjoyed
Hacen falta más princesas como Cimorene. Además de que sea un libro divertidísimo, original, lleno de humor inocente y bastante irreverente con los cuentos de hadas, Cimorene es realmente mi tipo de princesa.

Basta de damicelas débiles que esperan ser rescatadas. Ella, harta de la aburridísima vida de palacio y clases de bordado, siguiendo el "consejo" de un sapo que habla, decide escaparse e irse a vivir con un grupo de dragones.
Cimorene no es sumisa, ni recatada... ni rubia. Es la única de tod
YA comic fantasy. Book 1 of the Enchanted Forest series. Cimorene is not a proper princess. She learns fencing, cooking and magic, and when she discovers her proposed marriage, she runs away to offer herself to a dragon. She's been told that they like to keep princesses, and she thinks that this is one princessly thing that she could possibly do.

This was charming, but light on substance. It may have been more original when it was written, but it feels derivative now. Fairy tales are powerful tex
Miss M
I'm re-reading this fantastic series that I fell in love when I was a kid. It's a great story about a princess who thinks being a princess is incredibly boring. Etiquette and dancing lessons all day? She would much rather learn fencing or magic, thank you very much! But that just isn't done. So she runs away and volunteers to become a dragon's princess (A vocation which is usually only acquired when one is captured by a dragon).

This book has a great female protagonist, lots of humor, and puts a
I picked up this book after seeing it featured in A Mighty Girl's excellent list of kick-ass Princess books, and thought it might make a good Christmas gift for a fantasy-loving little sister.

Of course I had to read it first, the way you have to taste the cookie dough, to make sure it's just right. And of course, Little Sister caught me at it.

"What's that?"
"A book I'm reading."
She executes a perfect pre-teen exasperated sigh-and-eye-roll. "I KNOW it's a book. What's it about?"
I decide to test
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Princess Cimorene is tired of embroidery, etiquette, and protocol classes. She wants to take Latin, fencing, magic, and cooking lessons instead. But, that's just "not done." So to avoid a betrothal to a handsome and charming (but not particularly bright) prince, she runs away to become housekeeper for a dragon. As a dragon's princess, Cimorene gets the freedom to cook and clean and to organize libraries and treasure rooms. She also has to fend off persiste
Almost every story you read has some root in a story that was already told. The familiar notes of mythology and fairy tales appear again and again in literature, but in those books that start with a familiar structure and then leap into unexpected there’s something special to be found.

That’s what I thought as I sped my way through Dealing With Dragons a local favorite here in Minnesota, and one that my wife Kristina loved when she was young. But this is not simply a childhood favorite, it’s a ge
2004 or 2005
October 6, 2007

Currently reading aloud to the Possum - She's decided to carry on on her own in favor of me reading The Mysterious Howling. Well, I can't blame her. That's also a good one.

July 20, 2014

I originally read this series out loud to the girls when they were wee. Going back, I didn't recall much except that we had all enjoyed them. Some of the things I had forgotten: that Cimorene had studied fencing and Latin and that she was unusually tall, all now true of the eldest daught
I remember loving this book ten years ago. It's funny how my reaction has become more complicated. This reread, I kept thinking of Melissa's comments about Raisa and femininity in her review of The Demon King.

And yet is Dealing with Dragons really a rejection of traditional femininity? I'm not sure. True, Cimorene finds her entire life boring and hateful, and runs away and finds herself an interesting, exciting new life. But she's not rejecting femininity, really. In fact, she's doing many more
Gary Butler
73rd book read in 2014.

Number 124 out of 416 on my all time book list.

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I was told I'd like this because it's kind of untraditional, but it's untraditional in a totally traditional way. Rebelling inside the pen, if you will. It was cute anyway.
Jen  (Today in Jen's Library)
Very, very clever - reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia in the way it is written.
Christine Smith
I loved this book.

It's again one for pre-teens. It's got such an amazing story line and I couldn't get enough of this. I'll be definitely reading the rest of the series.

The story starts with a very tomboyish princess, called Cimorene, who reminds me off....


She decided to get away from everything and ran away, that's when Kazul captured her.


Chimorene reach out to her kidnapper and befriended him, and ended up not wanting to be rescued.

The evil villain in this story is a wizard, and as I don't li
I didn't read this when it was "all the rage" in the early '90s when it was published, so I was curious to see how much I'd like it all these years later and coming to it as an adult. Turns out, I liked it quite a lot!

I think the concept is delightful: In a world where princesses are constantly being rescued from dragons by princes (and consequently married to said princes), Cimorene is a princess who *chooses* to go work for a dragon -- and not because she wants to be rescued by a prince, but b
Book 1 of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Funny and well-written, this one, though the main protagonist is a girl, can certainly be enjoyed by both young men and women alike. The princess Cimorene is bored and more bored at the castle by her princessy duties and refinement. So she runs off into the forest and ends up living with and keeping house for a dragon even though Kazul didn't want her. Princes from kingdoms all over race to rescue her from the horrid beast. Cimorene sends them away. She ...more
Jak zvláštní, že čím jsem starší, tím víc oceňuji .. pohádkové příběhy.
Mají svoje kouzlo.
To nepopřete.

Cimorene je nejlepší princezna všech dob.
Dělá, co princezny nedělají.
Ovládá základy latiny, kouzel, rytířského umění a dokáže připravit delikátní horké maliny.
Ale zato absolutně nesnáší naduté prince, lekce vyšívání a etiketu. Je to nuda. Chápu.

Princezna dobrovolně v dračích službách?
Jsem si jistá, že kdyby v Linderwallu měli Blesk, její extra nevhodné chování by se tam objevovalo
This book twists some of the normal fairy tale conventions upside down. A young girl is bored with life as a princess and so runs away to be a dragon's princess. As a dragon's princess, she finds companionship and is allowed the freedom to be herself.
In this world, wizards are mostly evil and can be melted with buckets of soapy lemon water. Dragons borrow kitchen items from neighbors and like to drink tea.
Cimorene soon finds herself in the middle of political intrigue between the dragons and th
I can see now why Caitlin likes this book so much. It was short but fun and there wasn't really a dull or slow moment. And the main character is exactly how I'd picture Caitlin being in a similar situation. She's determined to do things her way and not be bound by tradition. Oh and of course she loves dragons.

Whilst this was a really enjoyable book I'm not exactly the target audience and I felt that at times. This was written for girls (and thankfully is a role model they could aspire to rather
I first read this in elementary or middle school, I think? Reread for Middle Grade May 2015. This is such a fun, refreshing fantasy - there's no romance, no damsels in distress. Basically a princess gets tired of being told that the things she does are "improper" for a princess. So she runs away to go hang out with dragons and spends a lot of time telling knights and princes that she doesn't want to be rescued. Cue adventures with dragons and other awesome princesses and witches and wizards, etc ...more
Fun book. Fantasy about a princess sick of tradition and running away from just following "how it always was done" and becoming a princess willingly belonging to a dragon. Lots of great humor.
Mary Catelli
This is the second in the The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Ignore all the listings of it as first, and read Talking to Dragons first. That was published first, and this works better as an after-the-fact explanation.

But we have Cimorene, your typical princess nowadays, who doesn't want to do anything princessly, who runs away to be a dragon's princess instead of marrying the chosen prince -- or, for that matter, waiting to be abducted.

Her adventures wind on from there -- involving her offering a
Tanja Berg
I loved this book! I'm a little suprised because it sat in my to-read pile for quite a while and did not seem the least bit enticing. The cover with the surly dragon and arrogantly chatting princess probably had something to do with it. I picked it up reluctantly, read the first page as a test and immediately realized that I would like it.

"Dealing with Dragons" is a refreshing fairytale with a somewhat unlady-like princess. I say "somewhat" because princess Cimorene has been well-brought up and
Feb 19, 2012 Larou added it
Shelves: 2011-11, fantasy
I do not read much in the way of children’s literature or literature for adolescents, but I do make the occasional exception if something catches my fancy. I had read good things about Patricia Wrede’s Enchanted Forest series and it looked charming, so I decided to give it a try and got myself the boxed set a while ago. When I recently had to spend a day in bed due to being sick, I plucked the first volume off my TBR pile, and it turned out to be the perfect read for the occasion.[return][return ...more
One of my all-time favorite fantasy stories. This book follows Princess Cimorene, a very un-princess-like princess. Constantly bored with learning etiquitte, embroidery, and how to lure a prince, she entertains herself sneaking around the castle and learning everything from fencing, to latin, to how to make the perfect cheries jubilee. One day, Princess Cimorene discovers her parents have arranged a marriage to a typical (handsome and, well, stupid) prince. Knowing she would rather be dead, she ...more
I discovered Patricia C. Wrede when I was ten or eleven years old after stumbling upon Dealing with Dragons on the bookstore shelf. Having recently started reading YA fantasy novels (aka having only read Tamora Pierce), Wrede represented a lighter, wittier strand of fantasy that made her books a quickly-devoured delight and I was only sorry not to have more of them. This particular series features a strong female lead named Princess Cimorene (well, leads if one counts Kazul, the female dragon) w ...more
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Enchanted Forest Chronicles (4 books)
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  • Calling on Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #3)
  • Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4)
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“Well,” said the frog, “what are you going to do about it?”

“Marrying Therandil? I don’t know. I’ve tried talking to my parents, but they won’t listen, and neither will Therandil.”

“I didn’t ask what you’d said about it,” the frog snapped. “I asked what you’re going to do. Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.”
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