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The Complete Book Of Dragons

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Hardcover, 5 pages
Published October 26th 1972 by Hamilton
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This was another book I read aloud with my kids. They love dragons for some reason, and they really enjoyed these stories. They have a fairy tale feel to them, with moral lessons, (somewhat) gruesome endings, and all. My children especially liked the baby that would cry and cry and cry whenever its mother was asleep. (No real surprise that my daughter felt a kinship with that particular character.) I especially liked that the princesses weren't all just waiting to be rescued and that so many of ...more
I can't stand Nesbit's writing. It's so twee and condescending. Some of these stories might actually have been fun had they not been written during a time when children were marginalized and considered stupid. Even as a child, I hated it when authors felt the need to talk down to young audiences, so this book annoyed the crap out of me.
I'm thinking this is the newest author that belongs in my collection. Some may not appreciate the very "Britishness" of the humor, but I love it.

From "Uncle James, or the Purple Stranger"

The Princess and the gardener's boy were playing in the back yard.

"What will you do when you grow up, Princess?" asked the gardener's boy.

"I should like to marry you, Tom," said the Princess. "Would you mind?"

"No," said the gardener's boy. "I shouldn't mind much. I'll marry you if you like--if I have time."
Great series of short stories all involving dragons in some form. Had a great time reading a story each night at bedtime to my 8 and 5 year old. Old fashioned and dry British humor.
This is such a great read aloud! I love E. Nesbit's style. Her stories are so every-day and so fantastical all at once. My children begged for more at the end of every story.
This was a darling compilation of stories about dragons for children. My son and I both really enjoyed reading this one together.
Kirsti S.
Funny short stories. Would make a good read-aloud.
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Edith Nesbit (married name Edith Bland; 15 August 1858 – 4 May 1924) was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit.
She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connec
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