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Dragonology (Ology)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,009 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
For true believers only, a lavishly illustrated reproduction of a legendary volume by the world’s most distinguished dragonologist. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands!

Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap b
Published (first published 2003)
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Cait Grace
Since I am in the midst of planning to write a dragon book I decided to research. In the library. By reading children's books. DON'T JUDGE. THESE THINGS HAPPEN. While this book is hilarious and dragonish, it's pretty much not helpful for research of mythology. Duh, Cait, duh. BUT. It was hilarious. And I think, if I'd stumbled upon this book when I was 12, I would've been converted to dragonism and written entire notebooks full of weird dragon facts and just been a general nerd about it. BECAUSE ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a cute read about dragons; children under 12 may need adult assistance
I read the whole thing to my youngest daughter, some of the words were beyond her comprehension level--not to mention pronunciation. We had fun with it. Funny! The author tries to be serious in a pretend kind of way.

From page Chap IV,
"While the dangers of suffering from bites, burns, slashes from claws, death-by-constriction, tail lashings, venom attacks, and so forth should never be underestimated, the lesser danger of hypnosis is often ignored. The mechanism for this is little understood, but
Michelle. D.
Dec 27, 2010 Michelle. D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dunno why, this book was so captivating to me for some reasons unknown. I think the whole concept of the fact that dragons exist may have gotten me hooked on this book. I got it at a garage sale for a steal. My friend asked me why I was reading such a weird book, you see, I usually read different books than this one. But I'm so glad that I bought it. It has such amazing featues to the book. Dragon dust, dragons scales, dragon feathers. LOL. Made me laugh at random times. There were also riddle ...more
Sep 08, 2010 Daria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
Once upon a time, I had aimed to collect all of the Ologies ever published by the magical Candlewick Press; Dragonology, Egyptology, Wizardology... Pirateology? Fairyology? (I do believe an Ology competitor sprung up after the initial success of the Dragon and Egypt Ologies.) Come to think of it, I wish to create a hoard of these books still. They're just so much fun - kind of like pull-outs/pop-up/puppet books all in one, and aimed for the older reader. I think that the Ologies would be useful ...more
Mar 19, 2008 Galia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
every who likes dragons has to read this book! it is the greatest book ever!
Nov 14, 2008 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists, fantasy writers
Shelves: favourites
For anyone interested in writing about or drawing dragons, it proves invaluable, with it's wealth of high-quality artwork and descriptions on the creatures. For fleshing out your idea of dragons for your fantasy art or novels, it's perfect, and anyone with artistic sense will adorable the effort put into the illustrations.

For those looking for some absorbing fiction, though, it will only disappoint - as much as it pretends to be serious, it falls flat on it's face with cheap props - shiny paper
La La
This is a "cute and shiny" book says Cait from Paper Fury. My son was very fond of it when he was young. It was part of his "Hogwart's schoolbooks" shelf. It has a companion book that we also have, but right now I cannot remember the title. I think there is also a witch and wizard book we have from this series, too.
Greta is Erikasbuddy
This book was cool as heck!!

Written like a field manual and a scrap book and a journal and a kid's dream... it's freaking awesome!!

Full of things you can touch and pull out. Secret spells to help you get a dragon, how to train a dragon, how to hatch dragon eggs, the difference between most dragons and habitat locations. Just sooo much fun!!

This would be a great fantastic book for your elementary kid who loves dragons. A great book you can bond over and maybe try a spell or two. Hey! You don't ha
Rebecca McNutt
This book was sort of a fad in my elementary school when I was a little kid, and by the time I was able to borrow it from the library I was in grade four. It looked so far out with its vintage, mystical hardcover look but when I opened it I realized how lame it really was. The only thing that saved it was the wonderful illustrations of dragons, everything else was just Dollarama plastic jewels and dyed "dragon wings" (chicken feathers). I mean I knew it would be fake but they didn't even put in ...more
Anna Bueller
May 03, 2014 Anna Bueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragonology? Why not Baseball-Jewology? By Chaim Potok.
Jul 05, 2013 Keenan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Loved it when I was younger.
I noticed a few things that weren't actually true in this book. I think this might just be a work of fiction that the author wrote for fun. I read a really good book about dragons once before, but I could never find it again. I like this book and it was fun to read, but it shouldn't be presenting itself as something with real facts about dragons when it simply isn't.
Just Plain Ray
I liked the illustrations and the details of the book, but something really annoyed me.

It was completley, and utterly FAKE

It was fake all down to the "dragon dust", which is actually just craft glitter you can get at a craft store.

Also, do you think the government would release this type of information? I mean, do they WANT us to worry about huge creatures that roam the lands eating people and destroying everything?

That's just one thing that annoyed me. Plus, one of my friends tried to convince
I originally picked up this beautiful book, published by Candlewick Press, just to look at it, thinking I might buy one at a later time. But I soon realized that I needed to have a copy in my possession immediately! Laden with attractive illustrations, Dragonology's tongue-in-cheek charm is addictive. Especially amusing are "Finding, Hatching, and Raising a Dragon" and the explanation of what to do for a person who's been hypnotized by a dragon. Pick up a copy for yourself and enjoy this fun rea ...more
Saoirse T. E. Sterling
Part of the Dragonology series. This particular book has a model of a green "European Dragon" that can be assembled and hung up. This one is more for the younger readers, but it still contains a booklet that features some of the information provided in the other books of this series.
Maaz Sheik
Dec 18, 2015 Maaz Sheik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since a very young age I was fascinated by Dragons. I loved dragons so much, I mean who doesn't love freaking dragons, and I bought this book when was very young like around 8-9 years old and boy was I captivated and awed by this adventurous book. It is nicely written like a real manual and a scrap book, it has almost everything about the dragons you need and want to know.

Full of in-book features you can touch and pull out - Dragon dust, dragons scales, dragon feathers.
Secret spells to help yo
Emry Acton
Aug 12, 2015 Emry Acton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so so fun you get to decode secret dragon messages (I got good at that fast (-; ) I love dragons. I don't know why. Sometimes I wish they were real...
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋
My son loved this book. So many neat little aspects and details such as samples of how the various dragons skins feels. Great for the dragon lover.
Jamie B.
Jan 22, 2016 Jamie B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book. I discovered it in the book section of K-Mart, of all places. I couldn't buy it just then, but I remembered the title and put it on my wish-list. This was one of many books I asked for last Christmas and my mom got it for me. Books like this are really great in an age when fewer and fewer people are reading books. Even my husband, who hates to read was interested in this book.

The book itself is a work of art. The cover reminds you of an ancient volume, perhaps owned by a
Originally reviewed on my blog guiltlessreading with tons of photos!

Have you ever heard of the Ology World series? The Ology World series are beautifully illustrated fantasy books presented like they were encyclopedias with letters and flaps and folds galore. The first in the series is Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons.

During one of our bookstore visits, we couldn't pull the daughter away from it ... and she would be on the lookout for them each time we visited. She became quite addicted
Apr 07, 2015 Cowgirlgem rated it it was amazing
This books is just gorgeous!

It is a faux-text book about dragons, talking about different kinds of dragons throughout the world.

It is surprisingly in things like the development of dragon embryo's in eggs and different tracks left by different dragons.

It has lots of flaps to look behind, and messages in pouches and other neat things which make the book extra fun.

Kids ages 8-12 would love this!
May 23, 2011 Kameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by: Dugald Steer is an interesting book. What I liked about it is, it takes a lot of imagination and it kept me interested. The book was full of little flaps, notes, and amazing pictures. When I finished the book I second guessed myself wondering if dragons are real or not. Of course dragons aren't real, but with all the information it has you think they are. What I didn't like about it was that some parts are impossible to believe because you can tell ...more
Jessica Smith
Mar 11, 2015 Jessica Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you know that Australia has a marsupial dragon indigenous to its eucalyptus? Or that most dragons love to hoard treasure? I love this little "ology" book covering everything there is to be know about dragons. With historical events woven in, it's surprisingly funny and well thought out. I'm looking forward to reading other books in the "ology" series.
Feb 16, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge part of my childhood, and my absolute favourite of the Ologies. I have no idea what became of these books, if they're in a box somewhere or what, but if I cannot find them I will have to buy another copy. Highly recommended for children or anyone with an imagination and an unquenchable love for dragons. This book is absolute magic.
Koyejo Abayomi
Aug 10, 2015 Koyejo Abayomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fe Fi Fo Fum. first I heard my dinner come.
Fo Fum Fe Fi. then I smelt it going by.
Fi Fo Fum Fe. then I saw it try to flee.
Fum Fe Fi Fo. then I touched it with my toe
Fe Fi Fo Fum. Now I'll taste it-Yum Yum Yum!
I have used Five things today, with one name what is it, pray? look above to find a clue, or my dinner will be-YOU!!!
Dec 08, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a kid and was totally obsessed for a good period of time. It's a really fun book with all of its funny little dragon facts, mock-seriousness, and fun bits of dragon skin and other "artifacts." The illustrations are also really lovely and detailed. Very fun for kids (and indeed, adults) to geek out over.
Samantha Weatherford
This is a large but child friendly informational text on dragons. Although dragons are fictional or fantasy animal, the book is written as if they are a real living species and gives all kinds of information about them. This is a great book because it is very interactive. All throughout the book it has flaps, letters, maps, scales, eyeballs, and other things that the reader can take out, read, or feel. It is a great way to introduce how to read informational texts for students that would be inte ...more
Tina Le
Nov 27, 2015 Tina Le rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-pleasure
i got this book when i was younger, its cool. i think it had a dragon that you could put together. it remember the little pockets and holes, where some of the stuff was hidden. it's a fun read, if you're looking for information about dragons when you're young.
I really enjoy this book, in fact I have it checked out right now! It's awesome to read this book, And my favorite one (of the dragons) is either the European Dragon or the Ice Dragon. Probably the Ice Dragon, Though the European Dragon's Pretty cool too.
Liz Stoneking
Dec 08, 2014 Liz Stoneking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is possibly my favorite of the "Ologies". I had so much fun reading this with my daughters and looking at the maps and "facts" about dragons. There's a great amount of detail in the book and it's beautifully crafted.
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Until recently, Dugald A. Steer worked as an author and editor at Templar Publishing. He is the writer behind Candlewick's widely acclaimed New York Times bestsellers, DRAGONOLOGY, THE DRAGONOLOGY HANDBOOK, and EGYPTOLOGY, as well as the forthcoming EGYPTOLOGY HANDBOOK. Dugald has now given up his editorial job to concentrate on writing full-time, especially more books with "ology" in the title. D ...more
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Ology (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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