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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: 0.2 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,501,892 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

More About the Author

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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It's a story for 6-10 year olds.
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This makes for a good mystery and a detective story.
Mymcbooks
This book is well written and flows easily along.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
My imagination was sparked and I saw everything so clearly in this interesting little book. My husband and I wanted to read this before giving it to our grandson. It was delightful and we know that he will love it too.
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Format: Paperback
Dewi the dragon detective is an appealing little character that children will love. I'd like to see his character tackle more problems in future books. The language in the book is great for 10-year-olds. The characters are believable. And the humor will hit children right in their funny bones.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'm Ladybug Lin and before I give my review of DEWI AND THE SEEDS OF DOOM by Maggie Lyons, I need to praise the cover for this book by Suzannah Safi. I am a firm believer in the power of covers...and good covers are usually the potential reader's introduction to the author's story. This one called to me the minute I first saw it, and still does. Gotta love the lighthearted cuteness of Dewi!

Moving on...luckily the story is just as playful and filled with impish joy as Dewi and his friends unravel their mystery. With the turn into each chapter I was eager to see what humorous twist and turns they would have to rise above.

AS a former teacher I was responsible for selecting reading materials for my students. The highest praise I can give Ms. Lyons and DEWI AND THE SEEDS OF DOOM is this...I would have found a place to add this book to my lesson plans.

FIVE STARS I award Dewi and Ms. Lyons...you both have enchanted this Ladybug...Ladybug Lin!
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Format: Paperback
Dewi and the Seeds of Doom is a chapter book for middle graders (age 8 to 12). It is relatively short at 70 pages. The story has loads of adventure and humor. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, making turning the page irresistible. Kids could read this in one sitting. Dewi easily rectifies the conflicts he encounters, most often quickly. The main character needs difficult conflicts--challenges--if he is to grow by story's end. The non-challenging conflicts, short chapters, and relatively easy language makes me believe Dewi and the Seeds of Doom is best suited for younger aged (age 6 to 8), chapter book readers.

Middle grade kids will like Dewi and the Seeds of Doom, just as I liked the story, but it lacks something--, which is on the tip of my tongue, refusing to be spoken. I like the humor and the characters, though most need fleshed out more. As a commentary on the power and greed of a corn company, Dewi and the Seeds of Doom hit the mark. Adults might see Dewi's story as a commentary on genetically modified corn and its possible long-term dangers. Baron Doom reminds me of Monsanto, which reportedly boarders on bullying farmers. Baron Doom has a contract with specific demands, such as buying corn only from him, and agreeing never to complain to any court in the world. The difficult Complaints Department Dewi tried to talk to fits in this commentary.

On a child's level, Dewi and the Seeds of Doom is about a greedy, nasty baron, tying to take over the world, who is thwarted by a brave young red Welsh dragon and a chemistry adept toad. Dewi has a few wonderful friends, who help him at a moment's notice. I like the message of friendship. I would like to know more about Dewi, and maybe that will happen if this becomes a series. A red dragon with a heart of gold and a curiosity streak he must explore would be open to many wonderful adventures.

(Received from author in exchange for a review.)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was pleasantly surprised when I opened this very charming and witty book to read on the skytrain. But I have to say it was kind of embarrassing. I couldn't stop giggling out loud at Maggie Lyon's humour. People kept looking at me, and I tried my hardest to hold in the laughter, but it was impossible. What a delightful story! What child wouldn't love this. It's a story for 6-10 year olds. It's a great book to read to your children when they're young or by themselves when they're older. If your child likes Geronimo Stilton, they'll fall in love with Dewie the little dragon and his friend Jones the toad. I hope Maggie Lyons will turn this into a series.
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