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Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies) Hardcover – October 13, 2003
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As well as anything and everything you'd ever want to know about dragons and things dragonish and dragonly, you will be entertained along the way with what amounts to a quite spry sense of humor, and that when least expected. For example, dragons love lettuce (we all knew that, right?), so it would be well advised to tote a head of it along (iceberg will do) at all times, advance preparation being half the battle.
This book is presented in the spirit of Gnomes (Poortlvliet), Faeries (Froud), Giants (Larkin), Unicorns (Hathaway), Witches (Jong)...an entire library of books in which it is a given the creature is real and not mere fantasy. This makes for great fun, no matter the age; just be a child at heart.
Of exciting note: The original of this book having been written, purportedly, in the beginning of the 20th century, the language is delightfully archaic and (by today's standards) full of whimsy. We are placed in another mindset and into an earlier time, when perhaps it would not be so radical to believe such beasties could exist, indeed, while munching on lettuce.
The art is top notch, the book full of delights and cozy places to explore. For those of us who have no trouble at all believing that dragons are alive still (and very well, thank you) a keener book could not be found.
I'd give it 10 stars, sigh, if only I could. Now, 'tis time to find myself a dragon, or perchance to let it find me...
Do you know why the author mentioned a duck-billed platypus in a dragon book? I'll tell you...because it once wasn't believed that the duck-billed platypus existed, so why shouldn't you believe in dragons?
This book made me fascinated with dragons, and now I would like to become a dragonologist. Please read this interesting book if you love dragons, too.
Without robbing dragons of their mystique, we get an overview of them: there are intricate studies of the different kinds of dragons, from the Eastern lung to the Australian marsupial (which is a bit too silly for the tongue-in-cheek tone of the book). "Dr. Drake" also examines their habits, such as courtship rituals and parenting, as well as the the biological means by which they spew flames, and the reason why they hoard gems.
He also gives quite a bit of advice for the budding dragonolist, ranging from the obscure (hide shiny objects from baby dragons) to the ordinary (wear fireproof clothing). Finally, there is a historical overview of famous dragonologists from around the world, and spells that assist them.
Dragons are a staple of legend and literature, although a neglected one. Though "Dragonology" is presented as a serious work, Steer never forgets to keep his tongue in cheek. It's a fun read, with lots of detail and thought -- after all, it can't be easy to document the physiology of a beast that doesn't, technically, exist.
Taken on its own, the book might merely be cute. But Steer also includes little details like a faux library card belonging to Ernest Drake, a little letter enclosed in a special envelope, and an inscription on the inner front cover: "To Friendly Dragons" followed by a bunch of Tolkienesque runes.
And the illustrations are as much a part as the faux-scholarly text.Read more ›
My mom bought me this book at the local bookstore. They had only receved 2 in and this was the last one. Right when she gave it to me I sat down where I was, enchanted by the red jewled cover, and read it through twice. Seince then, I have read it at least 8 more times, memorized the riddles and language, and shown it to all to my friends.
"Earnest Drake" had supposedly written it in the late 1800s when dragons exsisted, even if scarce.
This book has wonderful pictures of Eastern and Western Dragons, their different eggs, and a map of where to find them. It also gives scientific resons why dragons can breath fire and fly. Also includes a few advertisments for products such as Dr. Drake's FLAMEAWAY hat, and the famous "Draco Dragon Whistle". There is much more, but I don't want to give away all of the knowlage of this magnificent book. It can make anyone beleve.
I am 11 years old and I have always beleaved that dragons exsited. But at the bottom of every belef, there is doubt. This book filled the void. Now I know. Someone else once knew too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 7yr old has taken interest in everything "dragon". When the book was received, I was as impressed with the detail and little surprises it contained as she was! Read morePublished 2 days ago by cheryl vandermyde
Granddaughter loves this book. I was very happy for her that the little pockets full of interesting things had not been previously rifled like they sometimes are even when found... Read morePublished 3 days ago by hoot owl
If you are interested in Dragons this is absolutely a joy even if writter for the younger set almost anyone will enjoy this volume filled with great art and tidbits of informationPublished 9 days ago by tim can
My children sat contented with this book like Smaug on a treasure hoard, which is fitting, as the cover of the book comes equipped with several large, faux emeralds and a raised,... Read morePublished 15 days ago by cakewalkingmother