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Dealing with Dragons

(Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  88,909 ratings  ·  3,901 reviews
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart - and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon - and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for.

Cover illustrator: Peter de Sève
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 18th 1990)
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. I read it in high school even though it was way below my reading level. I am an adult now and I still read young adult books because they're clean.…moreI read it in high school even though it was way below my reading level. I am an adult now and I still read young adult books because they're clean.(less)
Cristal I loved these (there are four books in the series) as a kid, re-read them as an adult, and now my advanced reading eight-year-old is tearing through t…moreI loved these (there are four books in the series) as a kid, re-read them as an adult, and now my advanced reading eight-year-old is tearing through them. I'd say that kids will be able to understand the story just as soon as they can handle the reading. In my opinion, there is no concerning content; it's all very clean and appropriate.(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"He doesn't seem very impressed," Cimorene commented in some amusement.
"Why should he be?" Kazul said.
"Well, you're a dragon," Cimorene answered, a little taken aback.
"What difference does that make to a cat?"
Before Harry Potter, there was Princess Cimorene, a dragon named Kazul, and the Enchanted Forest. I am no longer a 11-year old girl. I am a grown-ass woman, and I still love this book as much as I did the first time I read it.

Share this book with your sisters, your daughters, your niece
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
The scholarly princcesses, the very sensible dragons and irritating princes... What else can a girl want?

There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsy before a visiting prince to how loudly it was permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant...
When she couldn't stand it any longer, she would go down to the castle armory and bully the armsmaster into giving her a fencing lesson.
"Well, I fence… So it is too done by a princess."
Nothing interesting seems to be
Charming and cute. Nostalgia and a sale on the electronic boxed set brought this to my attention; while I have the paperback set, they get more and more challenging to both store and read. The first two books in the series were/are comfort reads from long ago, and Dealing with Dragons has successfully withstood the nostalgia test.

Language is young adult; it's clear and straight-forward with that occasional side-eye wink that makes it enjoyable to non-young adults as well. Cimorene of the Kingdom
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 stars

This is my 4th time reading this. Still good. I did dock half a star down because second book is better than the first - still, the whole series are amazing, even if I am well out of reading age for these books I enjoy them immensely.

After I got finished with the book, my first thought was:
-why haven't they made a movie out of this yet?
And then I thought
-what if the casting is wrong, what if they don't follow the book, what if cgi is cheap?
Oh, the horrors! So now I am actually hap
Brian Yahn
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you think you know what a princess story is, think again.

There's a magic to this series I haven't experienced since reading Harry Potter. It's one of the most playful books I've ever read, constantly making jokes out of well-known tropes and famous fairy tales. Plus it's a mystery in which the prime suspects are a dragon with bad wizard allergies and a prince made of stone. The entire universe is as quirky as the suspects and although there's some plot holes and a lot of things that seem to h
Tom Quinn
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter is but 9 months old and I already daydream about when I'll introduce her to this series.

5 stars. A formative book from my own childhood which deserves everybody's attention not only for featuring a strong young female lead but doing so in a wonderfully detailed reinvention of the typical fantasy setting.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. My daughter read them when she was at the point where reading changes from being work to being fun. So it was one of the first "serious" books (> 100 pages and no pictures) that she read on her own for pleasure. First my wife read the series aloud to her. Then she read them all to herself. Then she read this book out loud to me.

The story is told from the point of view of Princess Cimorene. She's a curious, intelligent girl who hates the
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A princess who does not want to be captured by dragons and rescued by princes.
Instead she works for a dragon and tells the would be rescuing princes to go away.

All the etiquette a young princess needs to know.
The King and Queen did the best they could. They hired the most superior tutors and governesses to teach Cimorene all the things a princess ought to know — dancing, embroidery, drawing, and etiquette. There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsy before a visiting princ
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I would place this book somewhere between The Ordinary Princess and the Harry Potter series in terms of complexity of plot, age appropriateness and the amount of fun I had reading it. I really enjoyed reading this book and likely would have given it 5 stars if I had read it at a younger age (say at the age of 8 years or so). As it is, after Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, it's hard to give this book 5 stars. Having said that, this is a very interesting story of a Princess who detests traditi ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
[5.0 Stars] Re-Read 2016
I adore this book. I always will! It was one of my favorites series growing up and still is to this day! I implore you all to check it out!
I picked up this book after seeing it featured in A Mighty Girl's excellent list of kick-ass Princess books, and thought it might make a good Christmas gift for a fantasy-loving little sister.

Of course I had to read it first, the way you have to taste the cookie dough, to make sure it's just right. And of course, Little Sister caught me at it.

"What's that?"
"A book I'm reading."
She executes a perfect pre-teen exasperated sigh-and-eye-roll. "I KNOW it's a book. What's it about?"
I decide to test
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the wonderful ladies out there whose dying for innocent childlike humor
This is my happy book. I read it when I was in middle school and I love it because its not your average fairy tale. Yes you have princess's and prince's and yes you have dragons and wizards and magic but it's not exactly like the common tale of where the prince slays the dragon with the wizard to help him act clever to save the damsel in distress and or princess. No no it's more of the princess becomes friends with a dragon and when a prince comes and saves her she tells them to go away.

Sick and
Nicholas Perez
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read this way back in grade school. I also read Calling on Dragons which also at my school's library, but I just learned that it wasn't a direct sequel and that there are other books in the series. I guess a re-read is destined for the future. ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
hey is this book load-bearing walls because it HOLDS UP
This book was simply delightful, with enchanting characters of different kinds and lots of good witty humor, hinting to many classic fairy tales, but with twisted meanings. Here's a little example:
“The rest of my classmates are already making names for themselves. George started killing dragons right away, and Art went straight home and pulled some sort of magic sword out of a rock. Even the ones nobody expected to amount to much have done something. All Jack wanted to do was go back to his
Peter Tillman
Carol.s review, nearby, is the best one here:
Sale (sadly) is over. Thanks again, Carol -- and for many other fine reviews, too.

"Don't judge a book by its cover"! The library copy in front of me, the HMH 2015 reprint, has AMAZINGLY sappy cover art: a big-headed, busty princess and a sappy-looking dragon with long eyelashes! Plus, the library classes it as a "juvenile." So I was left wondering why I had ordered the thing.....

Anyway, I loved it, especially t
Charlotte Kersten
“Well, I’m not a proper princess, then,” Cimorene snapped. “I make cherries jubilee, and I volunteer for dragons, and I conjugate Latin verbs—or at least I would if anyone would let me. So there!”

So What's It About?

Cimorene is an exceedingly improper princess, always asking inconvenient questions and sneaking off to learn new skills. When she realizes that her parents will be forcing her to marry a boring prince, she takes matters into her own hands and runs away. She volunteers to be a dragon's
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
I found this book at the library and I was so excited because I read it a couple of times when I was younger, in 4th or 5th grade I think. So it's a kid's book but it is so much fun. Great fantasy and tons of humor. You can't help but laugh, at least I couldn't! Funny story related to this book. Back when I first read this, when I was younger, like I said, I had a friend my age who also read it. Well, she and I happened to have some little plastic toy dragons and wizards and we'd use them to act ...more
Kitty G Books
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly charming middle-grade/children's fantasy book which really captivated me, and which (even though I am 21 when first reading it) I loved. The story follows a very wilful, strong female Princess who doesn't like the silly troupes of being a Princess to which everyone else around her conforms. Princess Cimorene decides that she wants to learn to Fence, and when she's told this is un-lady-like and most definitely un-princess-like she decides to try something else equally as un-prince ...more
Kendra Ardnek
I should have read this years ago.

Cimorene is a rebellious princess, which I sometimes have misgivings, but given that she was an early-comer to the genre and that she doesn't reject her feminity and is rebelling more against boredom than against anything else, I really can't fault her.

The world is amazing, and as a fairy tale enthusiast, I loved all of the references. I have accepted it wholeheartedly as a Bookania story. (Which, for the record, just means that it's a lovely fairy-tale world.)
YA comic fantasy. Cimorene is not a proper princess. She learns fencing, cooking and magic, and when she discovers her proposed marriage, she runs away to offer herself to a dragon. She's been told that they like to keep princesses, and she thinks that this is one princessly thing that she could possibly do.

This was charming, but light on substance. It may have been more original when it was written, but it feels derivative now. Also, I was annoyed that the only way that Cimorene could do anythi
2004 or 2005
October 6, 2007

Currently reading aloud to the Possum - She's decided to carry on on her own in favor of me reading The Mysterious Howling. Well, I can't blame her. That's also a good one.

July 20, 2014

I originally read this series out loud to the kids when they were wee. Going back, I didn't recall much except that we had all enjoyed them. Some of the things I had forgotten: that Cimorene had studied fencing and Latin and that she was unusually tall, all now true of the Possum. So I l
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This is my second time or third time around with this book, I hadn't read it in years. The first time I read it I was a teenager and enjoyed and as an adult I love it just as much. It is a really fast read, I would highly recommend Dealing with Dragons to anyone who loves fantasy.

It has lots of adventure, lots of dragons and a sassy princess who takes her fate into her own hands.

May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Well, I'm not a proper princess, then," Cimorene snapped. "I make cherries jubilee, and I volunteer for dragons, and I conjugate Latin verbs-or at least I would if anyone would let me. So there!"

A princess who refuses to be proper and runs away to live with dragons? Sign me up! Combine this with turning fairy tale tropes on their head and a dash of humor and you have Dealing with Dragons, the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I wish I'd discovered this series a
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-lengths, 2016
How will you describe a book which entertains you in every chapter?
Well, this will be my first review about that kind of book.

Before Reading This Book:
I was unaware of dragons, wizards, witches, giants and jinns (I think I am still unaware of giants and jinns but not anymore after reading the whole series) So, it's obvious I didn't know how they look like Or what are their abilities?
After Reading This Book:
I thought "I chose to read books and I didn't even know any
Sara Saif
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Headstrong people, dragon-maniacs, fairytale lovers
One word: Perfecto!

This was just splendid! I was enchanted from the very first paragraph, I ain’t even kidding. I found myself loving it more and more with every page. It was as lovely as Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle series which I’m very fond of. I’ll devour anything that has the word “Dragon” in it which is why I read it. This time I read the blurb but it doesn’t so much as give a hint as to how wonderful this book really is.

It’s set in a world filled with all sorts of fairytale ele
Miss M
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm re-reading this fantastic series that I fell in love when I was a kid. It's a great story about a princess who thinks being a princess is incredibly boring. Etiquette and dancing lessons all day? She would much rather learn fencing or magic, thank you very much! But that just isn't done. So she runs away and volunteers to become a dragon's princess (A vocation which is usually only acquired when one is captured by a dragon).

This book has a great female protagonist, lots of humor, and puts a
I wish I'd found out about this book years ago! Dealing With Dragons was a very fun read, and if it isn't a classic yet, it ought to be. I quite enjoyed following Cimorene in her interactions with dragons, wizards, and unwelcome rescuers- particularly as Cimorene, unlike many similar characters in more modern books, isn't rebellious, only practical and possessing a good deal more common sense than a great many of the people around her. And the story contains more than enough bits that'll make an ...more
I've had "Dealing with Dragons" on my tbr for several years now, and many of my Goodreads friends have read and seemed to enjoy it, so I figured it was about time I finally gave it a chance. It was so cute! When I first started listening to the audiobook I remember I was feeling grouchy about something in real life, but after only a few minutes this story had me laughing in spite of whatever it was that had caused my bad mood, and I continued to laugh through the rest of the book. Cimorene's int ...more
I first read this long enough ago that I remember nothing of it. Listening to an audiobook of it performed by an ensemble cast proved to be highly entertaining, primarily because the voice actress for Cimorene invested her with the can-do wholesomeness of 60s Nancy Drew.

The story itself would hold up well for current-day readers - it's a fairytale world where the inhabitants (non-ironically) know their own tropes, and so are aware that the third son is likely to succeed in the quest, and that wa
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more

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“Well,” said the frog, “what are you going to do about it?”

“Marrying Therandil? I don’t know. I’ve tried talking to my parents, but they won’t listen, and neither will Therandil.”

“I didn’t ask what you’d said about it,” the frog snapped. “I asked what you’re going to do. Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.”
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