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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,789 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Hardcover edition of the dazzling and irresistible picture book AGAIN! by Emily Gravett, the twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestle Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. Every night, baby dragon Cedric loves his mom to read his favorite dragon book. He wants to hear it over and over again until the exhausted mo ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 7th 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published October 1st 2011)
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Brent Weeks
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Cedric the dragon's a bright angry red,
And this book is one your kid should have by her bed.
It's colorful, cute, and chock full of fire,
It's quite nice to read when your kids aren't tired.

AGAIN! goes in circles, unlike others you've read,
But with each new gyre, some new things are said.
It's wistful, and warm, and chock full of fire.
It's quite nice to read when your kids are wired.

AGAIN! is a book you'll re-read without dread,
Where you'll cheer for the trolls with your sleepy-head.
It's clever, an
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Mir
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, books
Hahahah, that endpaper is to die for!

This book may resonate more with parents who wish their brats would go to sleep already than with the kids themselves, but I thought it was adorable.
Cass
Fabulous story. A mother dragon is telling a bedtime story to her child. When she finished the child asks for it AGAIN. The mother reads the story again, shortening the story (I can completely relate to that!!). Each subsequent retelling she shortens and changes the story, inserting subtle messages to her child. Finally she falls asleep while she is telling the story (oh yes, I can relate to that), which makes her child upset (yup, my child got upset when I pretended to go to sleep while reading ...more
The Library Lady
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Libraries with inifinite amount of money to replace materials. HAH!
Okay, who was the moron reviewer at Kirkus who managed NOT to mention that this book has a hole in the last page and in the back cover--where the little dragon has "burned" a hole in the story?

Whoever you are, thank you for letting me spend $17 of my precious book budget on a book that will be destroyed by the first toddler whose mother/nanny lets them play with this unattended.

This is the same old kid-wants-book-read-over-and-over-and-parent-falls-asleep story, only new and original because of
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Mehsi
Normally I love Emily Gravett's books, but sadly this wasn't one of them. :(

It started off quite fun though, even before the book truly started you had a part that let up to it (though I did have a big of laugh that someone ripped the cardindex card so they could see under it (because it hid part of the book), normally I don't like vandalism, but come on Library, you know there is something under there, then just make the card the way you sometimes do, flippable (still stuck to the book, but now
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Kaethe Douglas
6/26/2013 I love Gravett's books. Parents who read aloud to young children will get a huge kick out of this one, in which the young dragon keeps insisting on having a favorite book read "again." and the parent each time produces a quicker version of the text, with disastrous result. This is the sort of book that older children can love to pieces even though it's a picture book, because it has that knowing tone. With my kids, as they started reading independently, the relentless school focus on r ...more
Tasha
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It’s nearly bedtime and that means a bedtime story. Mama dragon and little dragon curl up together to share the story of the bright, red dragon Cedric who has never gone to bed. When they finish, the little dragon asks for it “Again?” Mama dragon agrees and readers will see another full page of the book that tells more about Cedric and his not sleeping. Mama reads it one more time before falling asleep herself. Readers will notice the little dragon getting redder and redder just as Cedric in the ...more
Abby Lukkes
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emily-gravett
"Again!" by Emily Gravett is a short, but sweet book about a little dragon named Cedric. It is time for bed and his mom reads him a bedtime story, but whenever he finishes it, he says "again!". He then becomes irritated because his parents can't stay awake to finish the story, so throughout the book, he turns red with anger. He ends up burning a hole through his book because he becomes a little too angry when his parent falls asleep. The hole that he burns through the book ends up being burned t ...more
Jasmine
Love the illustrations! I can imagine the story his hilarious to small people, but I kinda saw the twist coming. (Small dragon gets angry that mum fell asleep and burns up his book in a tantrum.) But SUCH good dragon illustrations.
Stephanie Croaning
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I debated between giving this book 3 or 4 stars out of 5. The story itself is okay, but there are better examples out there, primarily INTERRUPTING CHICKEN.

Our main character is a young dragon named Cedric who brings his favorite book to mom to read to him before bed. His book is the story of an angry dragon who is angry because he never goes to bed. (Foreshadowing?) Little dragon wants mom to read the story again, and again, and again, until she finally falls asleep herself. (Be strong, Mama D
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Charlene
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: again
'Again!' is a story about Cedric the dragon who never sleeps being read his favourite bed time story. Cedric likes the story so much that he asks his mum to read it again several times and eventually gets some sleep.

I like this book because it relates to the adult reading as well as the children; as there are many circumstances where a story that is really enjoyed is read over and over. I also enjoyed the illustration and the burnt hole through the back of the book which can entice the children
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Nick
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I'm not normally a fan of gimmicky covers for books, but the back-cover punchline on this one is adorable.
The basic story is that a little dragon is being read a story about a dragon that never goes to sleep. This proves to NOT be a good bedtime story.
The grownup dragon gets tired and frustrated when the young dragon won't go to sleep and wants the story again and again. The young dragon gets frustrated when the grownup can't keep reading the story forever, and reading books yourself is just so
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Dolly
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a humorous tale about a young child's love of repetitive readings of a favorite book at bedtime. The rhyming narrative is entertaining, but the illustrations are the highlight of the book. Emily Gravett's ability to make a simple picture become something real is wonderful and the ending is quite startling, but makes for a terrific story.

One thing that I found noteworthy after reading other reviews here. I assumed that the parent dragon was Cedric's mommy, but others have assumed it was
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Joy
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Mixed feelings about this one. Every parent hears the "Again!" refrain at bedtime (or all day in some cases) and this story within a story of a little dragon who won't go to bed captures that and remains charming in many ways. The illustrations are terrific and the story works for me until the end, which isn't really an end. I guess I wish there was a resolution, even though I do like the hole in the back cover. To break this one down even further: 4 year old- 2 stars (she thought it was boring) ...more
Deirdre
A dragon bedtime story! What could be more brilliant? Well, nothing, if the book is by Emily Gravett! The description may make it sound a tad boring. I mean, what could be exciting about a little dragon who wants to hear the same story over and over and over and o v e r....... ?

This is one of the cutest bedtime stories I've seen -- very funny and charming! I'd be amazed if children don't emulate little Cedric the dragon, and ask for it over and over and over!

Brilliant! And it is on my personal l
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Lu Benke
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emily Gravett can't be contained on the page! Read this one again and again and again. Each time you'll find another layer and another way to understand the story. Meanwhile, everything is falling, growing, moving off the page and providing much more than the usual cute story about bedtime foibles. Her dragons have attitude in their tails! But it is admittedly "cute" as well. The same qualities of story-within-a-story that I loved in Wolves are evident here. The illustrations remind me of one of ...more
Amanda
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I would ask the students to make a prediction using the title and the image of a burn hole on the back of the book to predict what the story would be about. I have never seen a book like this one. I feel some students would enjoy it and understand what is happening and others wouldn't. This would be a good book to show different writing styles a student could do. Personally, I didn't like the story.
Scottsdale Public Library
It’s Cedric the dragon’s bedtime and he wants to hear his favorite story over and over, again and again! Parents will chuckle and relate to his mother’s struggle to stop the repetitive cycle while toddlers/preschoolers will giggle at the slight annotations she makes to the story with each repetition. How many times must mother tell the story before Cedric stops saying “Again!”? Read the story and find out! –Hannah V.
Cindy Dobrez
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Do you have a child who says "Again?" when you finish reading a favorite book? You will need this one. Full review and a link to a dragon drawing lesson at my blog: http://bookends.booklistonline.com/20...
Monica
This one just joined the rank of my favorites, okay? Something so precious about this book--and it's clever and creatively illustrated. Very cool!
Andrew Davies
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this may be an appropriate title for my third Emily Gravett picture book review in itself, the 'again' here refers to a young dragon's request that mum reads him/her a bedtime story not once, twice or even three times, but over and over again. The bedtime story changes each time we see it, yet cleverly incorporates a host of typical literary representations of dragons, including trolls, towers and princesses. The story's content blurs ingeniously with the action between mum and baby dra ...more
Haley Carney
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This books tells the traditional tale of a child who wants to hear a story before bed in an exciting and stimulating way. The front cover is simple depicting a small dragon and his book, but accompanied by the back cover which has a giant whole through the middle depicting angry characters and the “fire drill” sign makes the reader want to know what’s responsible for this messy ending. The full bleed, double-page spreads on every page make the large illustrations hold the reader’s attention as ...more
Nicola
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

Miss 3 loved the book (aided by the simple refrain of 'Again!' that she can call out). I loved the details in the book - the way Mummy Dragon changes the story and how she looks increasingly exhausted; visual details like the storyboo
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Luisa Knight
A cute idea for a bedtime story with a surprise at the end that children love.

This book probably holds more charm for parents, as the story is about a mother dragon reading her baby dragon a bedtime story. When the mother dragon reaches the last page, the baby begs for it to be read again ... and then again... and with each pass through, the story gets shorter and shorter.

Ages 3+

Cleanliness: the baby dragon gets red in the face and stomps his feet (tantrums) when requesting he have the book rea
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Kelly
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Jo Oehrlein
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragon
The eternal story of a parent reading a bedtime story to a child and the adult falling asleep before the child.

In this case, the parent reads the story, the child demands "Again", the parent reads the story, the child demands "Again", repeat until the parent falls asleep.

This is a cute version with the story relating to the child and varying with each telling. The child tantrums and burns a hole in the back of the book (oops).
Sara
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little dragon does not want to go to bed and wants to hear the bedtime story again and again. The little dragon gets angry when the parent falls asleep and they can't hear the story again. When a dragon gets angry they breathe fire and the little dragon burns a hole right thru the pages of the book. My son loved the burnt pages and the hole in the back of the book.
Erin
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continually asking your adult to reread the same story over and over at bedtime can be dangerous if you're a dragon. In this story, the adult keeps changing the story to make it end quicker and quicker until the adult ends up falling asleep. The young dragon keeps getting angrier and angrier with each new read until...! Disaster occurs.

Great for preschool storytimes.
Sarah
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The book has very detailed and bright illustrations. I think it captured the essence of story time with children perfectly. It was interesting to see how the pages and text switched from an old storybook to a modern children's book. I thought the ending was funny considering it looks like the little dragon burned a hole through the page.
G Beulah
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A creative approach to the bedtime story tradition, Again uses a routine familiar to children (and parents!) to frame this highly original book. Although the activity may be familiar to readers, and those who read to them, the expressively drawn characters make this story one that young readers will certainly want to read AGAIN!!!
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more
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