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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Halo Publishing International (October 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612440940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612440941
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,787,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great little book that I shared with my niece. Dewi is a very smart Welsh Dragon, a curious little sleuth with good upbringing, who finds himself out to solve a mystery. Dewi meets several interesting characters that really had us laughing. This book is well written and flows easily along. Ms. Lyons conjured a great tale that is marvelously creative. My niece now loves this book and is begging for me to buy her a "Dewi the dragon" plush toy. Ms. Lyons, write another Dewi story and start making plush toys too! Most of all, thank you for a wonderful afternoon solving a mystery with my niece.

From the Author

Children's adventure story about a Welsh dragon detective - fast-paced, humorous fiction written for six to eleven-year-olds

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I'm a trapeze artist, astronaut, spy--just kidding!

Well, the bit about being a spy is true. It was a long time ago in a far off land, lots of fun, and planets away from my middle-class upbringing in the UK. I was born in a little coal-mining town in South Wales and properly brought up in England where I did English things like attending an all-girls grammar school, playing rounders, doing two hours of homework every day, and going on soggy caravan holidays with my family. I also trained as a classical pianist, which meant annoying family and neighbors with daily four-hour practices.

Once I grew up--wait, that's a fib; I've never actually grown up--I experimented with hedonism in Paris, where, among other things, I taught English to very proper French schoolgirls, and I failed to abide by the British embassy's social rules in Romania, but that's another story. My job in Bucharest was to appease visiting Royal Ballet dancers. If you've ever attempted to herd butterflies, you'll know what I mean. Soon after that I gravitated to the USA because the streets there were supposed to be paved with gold. They weren't, but I stayed anyway and finally wound up catching my breath in a tranquil fishing and farming community on Virginia's coast.

The rest of my so-called professional life has been a regal zigzag through a motley variety of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing, all of which entailed a lot of writing and editing. Although that work brought me plenty of satisfaction, it didn't produce the kind of magic that can come from writing fiction and nonfiction for children.

Children's literature has always fascinated me. My parents read bedtime stories to me when I was a child and I read stories to my son when he was small. All I needed was an excuse to borrow books from the children's library, and declaring myself to be a children's writer did the trick. Studying the work of great children's writers gives me the chance to indulge my love of that enchanting mix of innocence, escapism, imagination, and humor that bubbles out of children's literature.

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This makes for a good mystery and a detective story.
Mymcbooks
The book is without visual illustrations (except for a terrific cover) but the story is so well written that children will be beguiled.
Grady Harp
This story is clever enough for adults to appreciate, and funny enough for children to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
British author Maggie Lyons is from South Wales (appropriately enough as that is where her title character hails) and in addition to writing has been a part of the British embassy in Romania, and has lived in Virginia. Her wonderfully zany bio matches her talent for writing children's fantasies, and `a motley variety of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing, all of which entailed a lot of writing and editing. Although that work brought me plenty of satisfaction, it didn't produce the kind of magic that can come from writing fiction and nonfiction for children.' Right from the beginning Maggie Lyons feels like the sort of writer we will like - a writer who indulges her love `of that enchanting mix of innocence, escapism, imagination, and humor that bubbles out of children's literature.'

Chief among the varied characters of this tale is Dewi the Welsh Dragon whose kindness to his friends is well known. But on a simple day a particle drops out to the sky hitting Dewi on the head - a particle Dewi at first hopes is a meteor that will make him famous, but the `particle' is a small rat, injured, but when cared for by Dewi, is named Bomber and reveals a secret about one Baron Doom from Gloomsgor who is breeding a type of corn that will destroy the earth. Dewi gathers of the aid of his creatively drawn circle of friends (including Jones the toad, Squiffy the water vole, Billy Know-All the goat) to solve the mystery - and the day - using not only his special fire breathing talents but also his wit and keen mind. He is captured in his attempt to right the wrongs of Baron Doom and locked in a dungeon cell. But with the use of his special gifts the mystery is solved and good triumphs as the Baron Doom's scheme fizzles (or `pops').
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By Chelsey McQuitty on May 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I originally bought this book to comfort nieces and nephews before bedtime when they stay over. I expected them to want to read the book a couple of times and then we'd move on to something new; however, the kids can't seem to get enough of this clever little dragon. I love the book because it not only gives the gets an exciting little adventure to enjoy, but actually teaches some morals and the value of good character.

The book definitely engages kids, but isn't boring for adults either. There's quite a few funny moments that really keep the book going at a fast pace. Before I knew it the kids were acting out the book during the day and reading it to one another at night. It's always great to see kids ask for a book rather than a tv show. We're all hoping for more book about Dewi..
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It features one of the silver screen's most iconic movie monsters, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, bursting up from the water.Right away, this book charms you with interesting similes like "[the rat's body was] as still as a pickle on a plate" and "the sky was as clean as a dog’s licked bowl." The story is crammed full of adorable characters, like Billy the bramble-loving goat, the curiously-named Squiffy the water vole, and Baron Doom. The story involves a curious young dragon named Dewi who unexpectedly has a rat fall on his head, and in trying to uncover the reason for the rat landing on his head in the first place. The story is full of quirky characters and sort of beginner gothic horror for little kids. It's a delightful fantasy story set in Wales, of all places, and is sure to captivate young readers. It's definitely intended for younger readers and can ignite their curiosity about other cultures and folklore, science and more. The book is filled with some pretty sophisticated humor (almost approaching Terry Pratchett levels of dry and arch), which makes sense, considering its origins. This book isn't exactly a classic along the lines of Wind in the Willows, but what it lacks in technical proficiency (you'll see the word 'totally' is used quite a lot as a modifier) it makes up for in cheekiness and creativity. This is definitely a book that should go on a 'for fun' reading list for kids.
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By lroger on May 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I knew from the introduction—“To all those who love a romp with a Welsh dragon”—that this children’s story would be different from the rest. Maybe it was because of my recent trip to Cardiff, Wales, where I fully learned of this culture’s appreciation for dragons, or the strong characters, but this story completely held its own from start to finish. While I always find it harder to judge a children’s story than a novel or a memoir, but this one is easier to review just because I loved it so much. I have a soft spot for unlikely friendships, so when a rat falls out of the sky and hits Dewi the dragon on the head, I was hooked.

This story is clever enough for adults to appreciate, and funny enough for children to enjoy. Author Maggie Lyons knows how to keep both adults and children entertained, as the entire plot is so imaginative and creative that it takes you into a fantasy world—one you don’t want to leave.

I know a book is solid when I can imagine a TV show spinoff, a movie, and merchandise all stemming from this book. Maggie Lyons has struck gold with her plot, and I see this book having a lot of potential in the future. If you are looking for another book to read to your child, one that is memorable and won’t fall into the forgotten heap of books, then this is a definite winner. Teachers, I highly recommend you stock your classrooms with this book.
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