Synopses & Reviews
Elmer is not like the other boy ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great big sissy. andlt;BRandgt; But when his father is wounded by a hunter's shot, Elmer proves that the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero. andlt;BRandgt; Acclaimed actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein has crafted a heartwarming story, based on his award-winning HBO animated special, about learning to embrace the special qualities we all possess. Henry Cole's gently humorous illustrations give it a new vitality. This is a book to share with all children, to help them understand that each one of them is unique and valuable.
Praise for Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el:
“Bowers colorful bug-eyed dragons and Middle-Age-meets-the-suburbs setting amplify the humor in Bar-els prose...” —Publishers Weekly
"Share this with your favorite atypical kids." —Kirkus
"The text emphasizes the positives of being unique." —School Library Journal
Based on an award-winning HBO animated special, this humorous and touching book, with charming illustrations by Henry Cole, encourages children to embrace their special qualities. Full color.
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
Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day.
With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can't help feeling a little bit different.
About the Author
Harvey Fierstein is a four-time Tony Award-winning writer, actor, and gay-rights activist. In 1983, he received two Tonys for writing and starring in andlt;iandgt;Torch Song Trilogyandlt;/iandgt;, received a third Tony the following year for writing andlt;iandgt;La Cage aux Folle, andlt;/iandgt;and another in 2003 for Best Actor inandlt;iandgt; Hairsprayandlt;/iandgt;. Film audiences know him best for his scene-stealing antics in andlt;iandgt;Mrs. Doubtfireandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Independence Dayandlt;/iandgt;, and he lent his trademark gravelly voice to Disneyand#8217;s andlt;iandgt;Mulanandlt;/iandgt; as Mulanand#8217;s soldier friend. He has made numerous TV appearances, including an Emmy-nominated appearance on andlt;iandgt;Cheersandlt;/iandgt; and on a classic episode of andlt;iandgt;The Simpsonsandlt;/iandgt; as Homerand#8217;s assistant, Karl. Children know him as the Easter Bunny from the Emmy-winning andlt;iandgt;Elmo Saves Christmasandlt;/iandgt;. Harvey also wrote the book for the play andlt;i andgt;Kinky Bootsandlt;/iandgt;, which won the 2013 Tony for Best Musical.Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, includingandlt;iandgt; Big Bugandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;And Tango Makes Threeandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Oink?andlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Little Bo in Franceandlt;/iandgt;. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.