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Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  244 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
While the other dragons in the forest of Nogard hunt princesses for dinner, Herb merrily tends to his vegetable garden and leek soup. One day, upon learning the knights are planning a dragon hunt, Herb's carnivorous brethren hide in their caves and he is captured. Locked in the dungeon, Herb faces a difficult choice, should he let other dragons rescue him and, in exchange, ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Barefoot Books (first published 1999)
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Lisa Vegan
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who are different in some way(s), including vegetarian children
Well, Herb is definitely a vegetarian not a vegan (butter) but this is a cute story for veg*n children or for children who are different in any way.

I loved the illustrations, especially all the little vegetables and the vegetable garden patch.

While this is an appropriate story for veggie children, its messages are more about staying true to self, and that it’s okay to be different, and wise to let others live as they want to live, and it’s laudable to stand up for oneself. I wasn’t wild about th
Sandra Couch
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: The only dragon who doesn’t eat the people of Dark Castle is Herb, a vegetarian who tends to his garden daily. The knights of Dark Castle are tired of their people being eaten so they devise a plan to capture and kill the dragons. To his dismay, Herb gets captured and must find a way to make peace between the dragons and townspeople.

Plot: The plot involves Herb a vegetarian dragon, Meathook (the dragon leader) and the other meat eating dragons. The meat eating dragons eat the townspeop
Jane Burns
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My son loved this book as just a lad. Now a lad still remembers this book fondly.

This has a good message laying underneath the knights and dragons, it's good to be different and we should learn to respect and tolerate each other in doing so we might find out we can be good friends also.

It shows that it takes the courage of one to stand up for the rights of others, and this is positive thing for the betterment for everyone.

I have read it with preschoolers over a few days with cliff hangers keepin
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I would have enjoyed this more if they hadn't hammered the message in so much. Sure, letting everyone do their own thing without judgment is an important lesson to learn, but I felt like the author could have made the book a little less preachy if you will. I just wanted to give my son a little taste of the diversity we have in our world and read about dragons. Lectures are not for bedtime, unless my son repeatedly put his junk on me, then lectures happen again about the importance of "n ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good way to teach kids kindness and living a plant based lifestyle
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I am a big fan of dragons and this is something I try to encourage in Tori and Arthur too, so when they were given a copy of this book I was quite excited to share it with them.

The story is quite straight forward but still exciting with the threat of the dragons eating the knights and then the fear that Herb is going to be fed to the castle alligators later on. It kept Arthur's attention throughout, despite being quite wordy in places - I think this is partly down to Debbie Harter's illustration
Joanna Marple
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
« Every dragon in the forest of Nogard was a meateater.Meathook was their leader. » A moral tale of knights, a brave young girl and dragons. The only vegetarian dragon in a land full of carnivores, Herb peacefully tends his garden while the other dragons feast on the castle's inhabitants. Though at one point innocent Herb seems threatened with a beheading, there is a happy ending, as "dragons and people, meat-eaters and vegetarians, live together in peace and harmony."

While an omnivore myself, I
Catherine  Mustread
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this to local grandson #2, age 5, for quite awhile, though he dislikes reading anything "new" (to him) that isn't about superheroes.  Finally had a chance this morning while he was a captive at the breakfast table.  He liked the dragons' fire-breathing abilities and the vegetable garden, plant-based diet part but the "punishment," "individuality vs. conformity," "due process" and "trust" themes seemed a bit beyond him.

This is one of many picture books suggested for tea
Katje van Loon
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, bfb
This is a beautifully illustrated book about learning to live in peace and harmony. What I loved most about the story was it made clear that what we eat is our own choice: our bodies, our rules. No one was forced to change their dietary habits, in the end; what they ate was respected.

I was expecting it to be a be "Ra-ra vegetarianism! Meat-eaters are nasty!" to be honest, but it really wasn't. It made the point that the only way we can live in peace and harmony is if we respect each other, and
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture_book
To be honest, I bought this book specifically for my sister (a mommy-to-be). It was perfect since she is a vegetarian herself, and the little girl in the book who helps to save Herb (the vegetarian dragon) from the angry mob in fact shares my name :) As a picture book, the illustrations were certainly very cute and I love how colorful they were. However, I found the book very text-heavy (got a little old), and the ending was surprisingly abrupt given the amount of space that was dedicated to the ...more
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JULES BASS has produced several animated films, including The Hobbit, The Last Unicorn, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, as well as several hit animated television shows such as ThunderCats. Jules has written two children's books for Barefooot Books: Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon and Cooking With Herb. They have been translated into seven languages and reprinted in paperback. Herb ...more
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