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Poo-Poo and the Dragons

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  8 reviews
It was published in 1942, before the war impacted book production. Forester came up with the premise for the book while he was at home in the Berkeley hills, minding his two boys while his wife Kathleen was away. The younger of the two, 8 year old George, went on a hunger strike; he refused to eat. Forester made up the stories to tell during dinnertime, but would only tell ...more
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published 1968 by Little, Brown (first published 1942)
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I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this book yet! This was absolutely my favorite book as a child! I did my first book report on it, and even made a diorama with a clay dragon! C. S. Forester is mostly known for the Horatio Hornblower books, but he also wrote this charming story of a young boy and his pet dragon. If the narrative of the book can be believed, Forester's wife goes to visit her mother, and his son refuses to eat whilst Mummy is away. For every dinner eaten without fuss, a chap ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Paul rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Paul by: Tom Nash
What a charming, charming book. And how nice of Tom and Madeleine to let me come to their house, drink coffee and read their copy. It's out of print, and the SFPL does not circulate their two copies. It would be an excellent read aloud book for someone with children - Forester made up the tales to get his son to eat dinner, and I really enjoyed them. The illustrations are spectacular.
Susan Poling
I have looked and looked for this book. Now that I've read the synopsis, I realize that alot of others would also like it. Written in 1945, it was a popular story of it's time.. All four og us liked it. It is a book I remember mother reading to us about a boy. Poo Poo who has imaginary dragons in his backyard.
What fun to find such fun entertainment in this popular children's classic from C.S. Forester. It is the only children's book written by C.S.F. and came about because C.S.'s son George (Poo-Poo) went through a phase of not eating well. So, like any resourceful parent, CS started telling a story with the proviso that the story would continue if George continued eating. If George stopped eating the story would stop, mid-sentence if need be.

What resulted are 21 episodes about Poo-Poo and his pet d
Rosemarie Morton
What fun I had watching my five year old grandson listen intently to the adventures of Poo-Poo and his pet dragon Horatio. We both found ourselves highly amused by the same clever sillinesses imagining Poo-Poo and his dragons while they experienced all sorts of amusing scrapes and misadventures with local authorities and neighbors. What surprised us were the ludicrously imaginative directives and suggestions that Poo-Poo’s father came up with as remedies for often awkward situations.

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Hilarious for both grown ups and kids- we read it over and over. It is no longer in print though, so if you find one, buy it! It is worth the price.
May 11, 2009 L.B.B. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
One of the great kid's books of all time...
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Cecil Scott Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith, an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of adventure and military crusades. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, about naval warfare during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen (1935; filmed in 1951 by John Huston). His novels A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours were jointly awarded t ...more
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