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Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragonsby Ernest Drake
I originally picked up this beautiful book, published by Candlewick Press, just to look at it, thinking I might buy one at a later time. But I soon realized that I needed to have a copy in my possession immediately! Laden with attractive illustrations, Dragonology's tongue-in-cheek charm is addictive. Especially amusing are "Finding, Hatching, and Raising a Dragon" and the explanation of what to do for a person who's been hypnotized by a dragon. Pick up a copy for yourself and enjoy this fun read.
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Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits. Here are just a few of this book's fascinating features:
"In addition to the clever text and persuasive illustrations...the interactive book includes an insert on dragon script, a mini-book of dragon riddles and a glass dragon eye bound into the back cover." Publishers Weekly
"[A] lushly packaged volume....This is a must-have for all dragon lovers." Sharon Salluzzo, Children's Literature
"[A] handsome, dryly tongue-in-cheek volume....All in all, a delightful treatment for readers fascinated by dragons." Sally Estes, Booklist
"An aspect of the book that will be totally fascinating to children is the natural history of this creature....This book will be hugely attractive to children, especially the Harry Potter crowd..." School Library Journal
Presents the long-lost research of 19th-century dragonologist Drake.
Novelty item on every spread, including tactile samples of dragon wings, dragon scales, and dragon skin. Booklet of dragon riddles (indispensable to the burgeoning dragonologist). Sealed envelope containing a powerful dragon-calling spell. Embossed faux leather cover with silver foil, encrusted with three dragon gems.
About the Author
Dr. Ernest Drake is said to have lived in St. Leonard's Forest, Sussex, England, in the late nineteenth century and to have issued a very limited run — some 100 copies — of Dragonology in 1895. A noted dragonologist and a founding member of the Secret & Ancient Society of Dragonologists in London, Dr. Ernest Drake was determined to bring the subject of dragons under the burgeoning umbrella of the nineteenth-century natural sciences. He had absolutely no doubt that dragons exist, and his notes suggest that he had no little experience of them. Apparently, only one copy of Dragonology ever appeared in public, surfacing in the basement of a secondhand bookstore in London in 1987. The book was accompanied by a letter, dated 1904, addressed to an unnamed apprentice. Dr. Ernest Drake's painstaking work has been faithfully reproduced in this unique volume.
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