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Dragon's Merry Christmas (The Dragon Tales)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  223 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Award-winning author/illustrator of the Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey's gentle blue Dragon (from the hit TV series) will charm beginning readers with his delightful Christmas adventures!

Dragon tries to make Christmas special each year. He picks the perfect tree and buys the perfect presents. But Dragon just can't bring himself to cut down a tree, and as he walks ho
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Orchard Books (first published 1991)
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Dec 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
If it hadn't been for the good reviews on Amazon, I would have passed on this because the cover art looks so cheezy! But, gosh, I'm so glad I read it. It's an absolutely wonderful collection of little stories rich with humor and heart and one of my very favorite holiday reads so far this season. Highly recommended!
Dec 10, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ann by: Katie!
I might have been tempted to give this book 4 1/2 stars, simply because there wasn't as much of a thread running through the chapters as I would have liked - but, it was so gosh darn cute that I didn't really care! (Okay, and I was thinking it was a dinosaur, for some reason, instead of a dragon, but that's really minor ;> )

I completely enjoyed this adorable story about a sweet dragon preparing for Christmas. If the last page/illustration does just warm your heart, I'm not sure what will. :)
Dec 28, 2010 Leslie rated it liked it
I selected this book for my son's Christmas break reading collection. We just love that Dav Pilkey! These Dragon Tales books by Pilkey are very easy to read. They are perfect for the average first grader. I only wish that we had discovered them last year when they would have been a welcome and fun addition to his easy reader list. Now, being a big and bad 2nd grader, they were too easy. We did appreciate that silly Pilkey humour, found here in somewhat lesser quantities than in his later series, ...more
Rosa Cline
Dec 09, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, christmas
This was a very good, sweet leaving you feeling good story. Dragon is getting ready for Christmas and so he sets out for the most perfect tree... when he finds 'it' he then realizes that it if he chops it down that it won't be 'as perfect' so he decorates it as it is and enjoys it outside through his window. Then later he decorates his house, and then goes shoping. After shopping he sees families and people whom have less than what he has and although he 'needs' the things he shops for he freely ...more
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There are four short stories in this Dav Pilkey book. The stories have winter and Christmas themes, and the book would be a good choice for reading aloud during book-time, or for practice reading for those reading above grade. (The writing is at the 3rd grade level.)

In the first story sweet Dragon find the perfect tree but can't bring himself to cut it down. While the second and third stories deal with mittens and a delicious candy wreath.

The final story is about the true spirit of Chr
Dec 15, 2011 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a great Christmas book! I'm thinking because it didn't mention religion or Santa, that many parents from a wide spectrum would enjoy sharing this book with their kids.

We enjoy the other Dragon books, and this one was great and very sweet. Dragon goes and buys food, a coat, and a birdhouse for himself to enjoy Christmas. On his way home from the store, he ends up finding, one by one, people who need those things more than he does... and gives them all away. He arrives home empty handed b
Dec 09, 2015 jacky rated it really liked it
One of the first books in this years Christmas book advent. I expected Pilkey to be more funny, and less heartwarming. Pleasant surprise.
Dec 10, 2015 Cleo rated it it was amazing
Dav Pilkey is so much more than Captain Underpants.
Laura Madsen
Dec 10, 2011 Laura Madsen rated it really liked it
This early reader is divided into four chapters following Dragon (a cheerful, blue, horned beast) as he makes preparations for the holiday. In “The Perfect Christmas Tree,” Dragon searches for the perfect tree, but once he finds it he can’t bear to cut it down, so decorates it where it stands. In “Merry Christmas, Dragon,” he buys himself some presents but gives them away to creatures in need: food for hungry raccoons, a coat for an elderly rhino, and a birdhouse for a pair of lovebirds. This sw ...more
Dec 07, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting book with 4 short stories that are perfect for the Holiday season. Dragon finds the perfect Christmas tree, but then decides to decorate it outside instead of cutting it down. He makes a candy wreath and then eats it all. He finds the perfect solution to holding onto his mittens. And finally, he buys all sorts of presents for himself, but then finds the true joy of the season when he gives them all away. This last story is the best and is just the right way to introduce th ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Tracey rated it really liked it
May 18, 2010 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, christmas
The first section would be great to read when looking for a Christmas tree. Dragon finds the tree to be too perfect to cut, so he decorates it outside. In the second short story, he learns that making a candy wreath requires discipline. Next year it will be made of pinecones. In the third story Dragon gets mitten clips. He does a nice job keeping his mittens, but misplaces his jacket. In the fourth story, he learns to give to others. He hears angels singing, which really carolers are singing "Si ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 21, 2008 ABC rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
This funny book is divided in four very short chapters. The first is about Dragon decorating a tree, but inside of chopping it down, he leaves it outside. The second he make a candy wreath and eats it. The third is very short--he doesn't want to lose his mittens so he clips him to his coat. In the fourth, he buys Christmas presents for himself, but ends up giving them all away to animals who are needier than he is.
Katie Fitzgerald
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Tanya W
Jan 23, 2011 Tanya W rated it it was amazing
Such a darling book that I wouldn't have thought to read except that I like to try books my friends on Goodreads have read and liked. It was really funny and also included a nice Christmas message about giving.
Nov 01, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
"But he gave away all his presents! Now he doesn't have any! Mama, we need to write the author and tell him that's wrong!"
Jan 04, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
These are charming little Christmas stories, unexpected from the man who wrote Captain Underpants!
Dec 12, 2014 Alexis rated it it was amazing
The Dragon series is great for beginning readers. The stories are fun and entertaining.
Deana Pittman
Nov 14, 2012 Deana Pittman rated it really liked it
Abbi loved the part where Dragon lost his coat after he bought clipon mittens!
Jul 25, 2009 Heidi rated it liked it
Shelves: easy-reader
A nice Christmas message, but not as funny as the first two dragon books.
Dec 22, 2010 Teri rated it really liked it
Fun beginning reader for Chrismtastime. My girls love it.
Dec 28, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
A Pilkey gem. Sweet and funny.
Jan 30, 2009 Ledawn rated it liked it
Short and sweet
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David "Dav" Pilkey (b. March 4, 1966), is a popular children's author and artist. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.

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