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Dewi and the Seeds of Doom Paperback – October 31, 2012
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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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Dewi and the Seeds of Doom will definitely be something I read to my future kids one day! I had not read the blurb of this, so I was diving into this book fully blind...and I liked what I read!
In the first page of the book, we come across Dewi, a fire breathing dragon. Out of nowhere, a rat comes falling from the sky, and Dewi, being the kind and loving dragon he is, rescues it by taking it to his friend Squiffy the water vole.
Soon enough, Dewi finds out that his rat friend (which he names Bomber), has been poisoned along with many other rats. Wanting to be the brave and kind dragon he aspires to be, he sets out with the help of his friend, a toad named Mr. Jones to try and get evidence to put away the evil man behind it all.
The author's writing is definitely intriguing for kids all ages and possibly even for adults! I read this book in one sitting and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The story went at a fast pace, which was enjoyable for me, and I'm sure for many other readers out there.
I loved how the author showed how important it was to show kindness to others, to be brave and fearless, but to also be smart.
Dewi and the Seeds of Doom was filled with action, adventure, kindness, mystery and just a nice little coat of humor; a book filled with things that every child wants!
The only thing that bothered me; however, was how it was slightly advanced, especially since this book is aimed for young readers.
Overall, it was a quick, fun read and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action and mystery filled book!
When I was asked to review a book about a dragon, I pictured a fierce mystical fire breathing creature. About the only fire breathing Dewi could do is enough to pop the corn in the Seeds of Doom. Dewi is a whimsical little dinosaur you are sure to love. Remember Puff? He and Dewi are probably best friends. Personified animals are the main characters with only one 'inhumane' human - the evil scientist who is planning to take over the world.
Dewi is a Welsh dragon who is a sleuth. One day a rat falls from the sky and hits Dewi. The creature exposes a secret that Dewi must investigate. He sneaks off to the place the rat tells him about. To his dismay Dewi discovers
the rat is telling the truth. With the help of a friend, Dewi foils the plot and saves the world as we know it.
Maggie Lyons has a wonderful sense of humor. Dewi is chock full of clever metaphors that caused me to laugh out loud more than once. The story is short and easy to read. I look forward reading more of Maggie's work.
Spelling is a bit different than American English on a few ocassions. Use this as an opportunity to discuss spelling with your children.
HoaP received a copy of Dewi and the Seeds of Doom in exchange for an honest review. [...]
Dewi is a great role-model character for kids - his immediate instinct is to be helpful, but when he needs assistance he's able to ask for it. His friends all pitch in and help in their own unique ways – reviving a thoroughly traumatized rat who's been through the wringer, doing scientific research on the baron's ghastly corn, jumping (literally) into the thick of things, or even just offering advice to help the dragon solve the mystery and stop the baron.
Certain aspects of the story were a little too silly for my tastes (and that says a lot, coming from me). There are a great many silly similes in this book, right from the very first page: "… as clean as a dog's licked bowl; as still as a pickle on a plate…" For that reason, I did put the book down more than once before getting past that first page before finally reading it all the way through. If you can get past the slightly over-the-top silliness, though, it's a cute and well-written story with good underlying morals.
I received this ebook in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are my own.
A beautiful, funny, witty and brave dragon and his wise friend Jones a wise chemistry loving Toad.
The delight with which Dewi embarks on his quest for finding the cause of the doom and gloom! His friends support him and his father too guides him to the right path.
This book is a very fast read, did not stop reading once I read the first chapter and the twists and turns of the plot kept me hooked.
Like all good stories for children, it has a good moral of helping others in trouble and stating their point in a subtle manner. Fighting the evil baron and his evil plans to fool the poor villagers with his poisoned corn and deceit make for a exciting read for children and adults too!
This is one book you would even enjoy reading to your kid; I would have loved to have more pictures of Dewi & Jones in action. They seem so cool and heroic as I read the book. Pictures would add to the story making it even better.
Children of ages 6 and above will love this book; in fact the dragon on the cover would be a favourite among them with his fire breathing antics. He takes help, asks for advice, is kind and generous and a good friend.
All qualities we would like to inculcate in our children and this book is a good way to get the message across.
An afternoon well spent with Dewi – the Welsh Dragon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dewi and his toad friend discover something horrible. The baron is trying to sell bad corn to people. No one can do anything unless they have proof. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Arlene Mullen
Dewi is a kind, smart, young dragon that any reader of the book will find it hard not to fall in love with. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bing Icefairy
Dewi is just your average young dragon until one day when he gets hit by a fallen rat. Not wanting to leave the at to perish, Dewi takes it upon himself to discover what happened... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lisa
Did you know rats can simply fall out of the sky? Neither does the sweet dragon Dewi until one plops on him. As a dragon, you'd think that meant dinner time for Dewi... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tonja Drecker
I enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed the parts with Peegor; he's funny and clumsy and was definitely my favorite character. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marisa
My 9 year old and I read Dewi and the Seed of Doom together. We really enjoyed Dewi and his adventures. A great book on kindness and great humor. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BookHeathens
This is a really fun adventure book for young kids. It isn't too long to be enjoyed by my daughter (she's 3), though we did read it in a couple different settings. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brooke Bumgardner
This is a fun story which will be certain to delight and entertain young children, ages 6-10. It is a perfect early reader chapter book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LAWonder10