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Not Your Typical Dragon

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,251 ratings  ·  254 reviews
Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire.

But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn't come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with



teddy bears?

Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published 2013)
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Angela Burkhead
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've not had great luck with the Imagination Library, they're book choices are... odd... usually overly wordy and lacking in, dare I say it, imagination. They're not the greatest books. But, they're free entertainment, plus they come in braille for my son who will always need large print if they decide not to teach him braille skills.

We both took one look at the cover and decided we loved this book, we read it right away, and what's more exciting is after reading it we love it even more!

Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
Great marriage of a good story, AND fine illustrations (by Tim Bowers).

A little dragon with the fantastic name of Crispin Blaze seems able to breathe everything BUT fire.
(And, everyone knows REAL dragons ALWAYS breathe fire!)
Very cute!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Instead of breathing fire, Crispin breathes a variety of different objects.

On his 7th birthday, Crispin looks forward to breathing fire like all the other dragons in this family. Unfortunately, when the big moment arrives, he breathes something else instead. His father takes him to the doctor, but the medication doesn't help. After suffering further humiliation at school for his inability to breathe fire, Crispin runs away.

While hiding out in a cave, he meets a somewhat cowardly young knight who
Sadia Mansoor
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, favorites
But the fire did not come out. Everything else came out :P

This book is not only filled with beautiful pictures but its funny too :D
The baby dragon is certainly not your typical dragon.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A funny and beautiful story about a young dragon who can't breathe fire. My son laughed with every turn of the page that showed the dragon breathing ridiculous things like whipped cream and bubbles.

Also a great message about it's okay to be different, but it doesn't overwhelm the story. The illustrations are delightful as well.
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Poor little dragon can't even light his own birthday cake! He can however breathe out marshmallows, beach balls, and other ridiculous things. My 4 year old laughed at every page. Enjoyable read.
Raechel Lenore
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
A little one asked me to read this to him ("because you DO love dragons..." he said), and it was actually really quite cute. ^.^
Deanna Gurau
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dan Bar-el wrote a cute and silly book about a dragon who was just a bit different than other dragons. Crispin Blaze, the little dragon, couldn't breathe fire like every other dragon. He breathed other things that were not fire and ended up saving his family's house because of his special gift. The character, Crispin, develops into a person he soon loves. In the beginning of the book he ran away because he thought no one will like him because he didn't breathe fire, even he didn't like himself f ...more
Jody Ruff
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy book is about a cute little dragon that does not have the typical fire breathe. He gets help from a new friend that is a Knight trying to find a dragon to fight. At the end of the story the dragon, the knight and the dragon's family find out that there is a reason why He is not a typical dragon. The whole story tells how its fine to be different. This book gives a good lesson!
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to, 2020
Crispin Blaze is a dragon born into a family of fire breathing dragons and his family expects that he will begin to breathe fire when he turns seven like his family members. However, when the day comes, he breathes something else entirely. At first, it is thought there is something wrong with him. However, his uniqueness ends up saving the day later. This is a funny and heartwarming story about embracing your differences.

I sought this book out after it was featured on the podcast "Julie's Librar
Jo Oehrlein
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the little dragon gets old enough to breathe fire, to his surprise, he doesn't. He breathes all sorts of other things. People have ideas about how to "fix" him, but they don't work.

One day, he saves the day by being himself.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-fantasy
I loved this book! It was such a cute story about a dragon that could not breathe fire. Even though he was "normal" he was still loved by his family and friends, especially when he saved his home from burning down. This book had a good theme of its okay to be unique and stand out.

Trait: Voice
ATOS: 2.9
Tammy Manns
Genre: Fantasy/Picture Book
Grade Level: Early Primary/Primary (K-3)

It's okay to be different. We are all created specifically to be who we are. Dragons are supposed to breathe fire but in the case of Crispin, he was just a little different! This was a cute story about being yourself and being unique. You will still be loved by those around you. There is no need to fear. Everything you need will be there when you need it. It's already inside of you! Just ask Crispin's Dad!
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very meaningful picture book suitable for children of 4 to 6 years. Full of heart and humour, this story covers themes of self-acceptance, family and friendship.
Tyler Weidman
Show the cover and read the title. "This book is called, Not Your Typical Dragon. What do you think it is going to be about? What do you think the problem is going to be?"
Opening move: Prompt predictions based on title.
"Have you ever felt like you don't fit in, or can't do what you're expected to do?"
Opening move: Prompt brief sharing of personal experience to the topic or theme.
"Well this story is about a dragon who felt like that, too. This Dragon couldn't breathe fire like the other Dragons."
Crispin the Dragon is not your typical dragon...instead of breathing flames, he breathes a variety of different things (marshmallows, band-aids, and beach balls, to name a few). It's hard for his family and friends to accept him, but in the end, Crispin's unique "fire" breathing turns out to save the day.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that celebrates the child/person who is “not typical,” but has other needed/helpful talents to share with the world!
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-mg
Read 18/01/17
Angie Quantrell
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love this book about a dragon who does not breathe fire - as expected by his fire-breathing dragon family and community. But being nontypical does not mean bad. It really means special!
Syntha Green
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Would be great for ST
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun and interesting story line that has a clever ending.
Caroline Daniel
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-4050
• Not Your Typical Dragon
o Summary: This is a book about a young dragon named Crispin Blaze. On his 7th birthday, he cannot wait to finally be able to breathe fire. Sadly, his wish does not come true. Instead of breathing fire he breathes out whatever goes along with the situation he is in. He breathes out Band-Aids, marshmallows, and ton of other things. He is not your typical dragon. He meets a knight that is unlike most knights you would meet. Together they try to figure out why Crispin cann
Ms. Jeane
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's a little too long for my storytimes but I might try and read it to my preschoolers because it has a really good message about being ok if you're different.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Crispin the dragon doesn't breathe fire. He doesn't know why, he just can't. He opens his mouth to breathe fire, and out comes...whipped cream. Or bubbles. Or band-aids. (I was not expecting that one.)

Out of fear that he'll be an embarrassment to his parents, Crispin runs away to live a life of solitude. That plan goes awry when a small knight appears. He, too, has run away in order to avoid embarrassing his family. When he challenges Crispin to do his worst, Crispin breathes out a stream of...
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book about acceptance.
Pidget Bobidget
Crispin Blaze the dragon turned 7 and is supposed to breathe fire like the rest of him family, but instead he breathes... bubbles, whipped cream, band-aids, whatever is needed at the time. He runs away in shame and encounters and young boy knight, Sir George, whose father sent him on a quest to fight a fire-breathing dragon. Sir George tries to help Crispin breathe fire, and eventually they become friends. When Sir George's father says that a dragon that doesn't breathe fire is silly, Crispin's ...more
Rosa Cline
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rosa by: Dolly Parton Imagination Library
This book was sent to my 3 year old granddaughter by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library; it's such a wonderful book to help encourage parents, friends and individuals to 'accept' people as they are even if they are a bit different than 'normal'. The little dragon can't breath fire and he thinks his parents aren't proud of him so he goes off on his own and while he's gone he runs into a knight that feels the same about himself and his Dad. At the end the little dragon saves the day and his fami ...more
Alex Housman
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5-picture-books
Poor Crispin Blaze, the young dragon, he was supposed to breathe fire. However, he breathes out everything but! Whipped cream, marshmallows, and bandaids came out instead. The medicine did not help Crispin be a real dragon either, he is fireless. He cannot even fight a knight because he does not breathe fire. The knight fed Crispin spicy foods so that perhaps Crispin could breathe out fire. After other events, there is a fire and only Crispin can breathe out the water needed to save the day. The ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much!! This poor dragon is born into a family of fire breathers but no matter how hard he tries he always seems to make something else! The family is frustrated and sends him to many doctors and scientists, but no one can figure out why he is the way he is! The father gets so upset, and one day accidentally sets the house on fire! The whole house burns and threatens to take the whole town! When the other dragons go to help, they find their fire breathing useless. Our lovable ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Poor Crispin didn't breathe fire on his seventh birthday like all the other dragons did. He breathed whipped cream instead. As his family and a not-so-brave knight try to figure out why this is happening to him he continues to breathe a variety of unusual things. Crispin doesn't particularly enjoy this about himself until the end of the story when his difference is celebrated. Kids will enjoy the silly things that come out of Crispin's mouth, but it may be a bit too long for a typical storytime ...more
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Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes chapter books, such as The Very, Very Far North and Audrey (cow), picture books, such as Not Your Typical Dragon and It's Great Being a Dad, and graphic novels, such as That One Spooky Night and Dog Night at the Story Zoo.

For the past twenty-five years, Dan has been working with children ages 3 to 13.

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