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No Such Thing As Dragons by Philip Reeve
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Apr 25, 2011

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Read from April 25 to 27, 2011

** spoiler alert ** This is such a solid cover. Yeah, (view spoiler), and the illustration on the back is of a scene that never actually happens in the book, but really, I wanted a cool dragon-related book to blurb to 4-6th graders prior to the Summer Reading Program, and this is a really excellent choice.

The language of the book feels ancient, and fable-like, and like a tale from bards of old. The text begs to be read out loud, to the point where I was lying in my bed before sleep one night and couldn't help but read a few pages out loud to only myself (my dog may or may not have been annoyed at the noise). There's a playfulness that reminds me of so many excellent writers, and it feels like a classic, though it only came out last year.
Thus, the vocabulary is pretty elevated. It's a thin book, but with slightly difficult language that reminds me of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants.

Especially near the end, it was a bit hard to read, (view spoiler)

A new legend.

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