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The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,459 ratings  ·  46 reviews
This indispensable workbook teaches everything you need to know to become an esteemed dragonologist.

Attention, devoted dragonology students! How many classic riddles do you know that could help you survive a dragon encounter? What dragon species attacks its victims with a "frosty blast" instead of a jet of flame? Which historical questions should you ask a dragon in order
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Candlewick Press
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Joey Woolfardis
Part of the Dragonology series, this wee delight of a book is mostly a compendium of other other Dragonology books with little variation on the information. It contains beautiful illustrations and some fun moments, but as a whole it's rather lack-lustre and feels like one too many in an exhausted series. The other books of the series will fair you better. ...more
Zoe's Human
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Suitable for ages 9-12, this is perfect for the youthful dragonlover. It includes an array of information on these legendary creatures, slipping some real facts into the mix, along with , stories, activities, cyphers, experiments, riddles, certificates, and wonderful illustrations.
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fun, funny, and educational. Every dragon lover or serious student of dragons needs to own this book (Charity, this means you!)
The fact that I am a library dragon,and the voice of the Platteview Central Homework Hotline, made my favorite quote from this book a no-brainer:
"The dangers of seeking homework help even from friendly dragons should never be underestimated."
This book is so cool beacause it teaches you about dragons and how to train and tame and feed them and it teaches how to speak dragon launguage and the pages look cool.This kind of realates to me beacause i like to make secrat launguages like this book teaches you.Also at the end of the book it gives you sentinses to practice on.Overall this was a great book and i loved it.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this in elementary and really influenced me, even today as an almost-adult still hooked onto the thought of taking care of dragons. Pretty sure all the info in all his books is what really sparked the imagination in me and i highly recommend it for those quiet kids obsessed with mythical creatures ;)
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
Most of the credit for the book's high rating goes to how beautifully designed it is. The care and details that went into it are amazing.
The text is educational and interactive, constantly pushing readers to do their own research outside of the book and compare their findings. I'm pretty sure a little kid who geeks out over dragons would love this.
And there are stickers!
Tamara! aka AmyG.Dala
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
This is such a wonderfully fun book for kids of most ages. The little surprise envelopes with secrets, all those cool stickers, solving the puzzle. Gonna have to get more to enjoy for when the grandkids get big enough.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun handbook that is a companion to the main Dragonology book in this series.
There are beautiful illustrations to go with the stories and riddles in this book. Fun activities for kids to work on while learning about different types of dragons.
Nicholas Bobbitt
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It's cute, I like it, but I'm obviously not the target audience for this. ...more
Joseph Gabriel
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun for kids
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great companion book full of activities
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Such a cute middle grade. Includes interactive exercises to help befinners learn everything they need to know to get started in Dragonology.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good companion book to Dugald Steer's other dragon book. ...more
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is such a cute companion to the full-sized version - Dragonology, by the same authors - as it gives readers a taste of what this series of books has to offer when it successfully covers a mythological topic. The writing may be a bit juvenile for adult readers (hello, it is for kids), but I still really appreciate the time and effort that went into the design of this book, which balances text and artwork quite well and succeeds in a pleasing overall aesthetic. It's also quite cute that ...more
Sarah McPherson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book! It's made out to be like a school book, except all about dragons. It's great! ...more
Krista McCracken
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lovely book with wonderful drawings and creative descriptions about everything to do with dragons (their dung, their general color/shape, their habits, their language, and details about how to go about studying dragons).

The book is set up as a workbook for new students to Dragonology. It includes lessons, tests, and general information for the student. The book does a good job of presenting dragon information as though it's a class available to everyone.

I particularly loved the little 'secret'
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-fiction
A follow-up to 2003’s Dragonology: A Complete Book of Dragons, this handbook for dragon enthusiasts is replete with drawings, charts, codes, riddles, and all the information one could want on various species of dragons. Their appearance, diet, habitat, and forms of attack are listed, along with instructions on how to write in dragon script, perform dragon magic and dragon first aid, and more. Printed in attention-getting faux antique style, this book will be in high demand from elementary studen ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book designed as a textbook for how to recognize and deal with dragons. There are lots of interesting illustrations, tables for identifying dragons, jewels, etc., methods of capturing dragons, etc. There are three pull out sheets in envelopes, much like in the Griffon and Sabine books, one of which is a card for filling out like an ID card to show you are a dragon trainer. There are also a few pages of beautiful stickers in an attachment at the back. It's a fun, interesting a ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: imaginative kids who love dragons
This is a great book for kids with wild imaginations. In this book, you ARE a dragonology student. You get your own library card, letter of acceptance and everything. Then in the chapters, you are taught the practical information in a textbook format. At the end of each chapter you have homework to do.
There are activities, quizzes, and more. Fantastic pictures as well.
Karen Huang
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was awesome, this gave information about dragons while including humor. They're detailed and sometimes have random ads for dragon equipment. On the last chapter, there are dragon riddles for you to guess what they're hinting at. They even use real life examples and hinting where dragons or types of dragons would be. I love this book. ...more
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ejp, ajp
It was a very educational book on dragons (my favorite subject!) It was a great book and it even gives you homework! It's also a great book for fantasy lovers. ...more
Sep 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
I didn't really enjoy this book. I can understand the idea of it, but I felt it was just too little vague. Might be interesting for the dragon lover, but for the average reader, it just didn't tap my interest. ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: s
Not as interactive as the actual Dragonology book and a lot of the information in this book is the same as the original. However, this is a good book for a younger reader who is not old enough to have the original.
Galadriel Johnson
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: children, parents and anyone with an imagination
Shelves: children
Really love this one as well as the others in the series. Although, there aren't as many interactive features, this contains much more writing than the others. The illustrations are nice and again the writing is not stuffy or overbearing. Another lovely one for anyone with an imagination. ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
just as good as dragonology
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
love this, i love writing know what ;)
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with imagination
Shelves: ology-books
This book is supposed to be a text book for learning everything about becoming a master dragonologist. I actually did all the homework assignments one summer... I know, nerdy, but it was fun! :)
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons
i did not like this book, i was too brief and added nothing to my knowledge of dragons

Annabelle Peterson
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you like the Dragonology book, and you want to pursue a career as a dragonologist, than this is the book for you!
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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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