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A Dragon's Work Is Never Done (Children's Picture Book) (The Alfie's Sandwich Series) [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Barrett , Taryn Dufault
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An Ordinary Lunch Turns Into A Magic Dragon Adventure!

Alfie is just an ordinary little boy--that is, until he bites into a ham and cheese sandwich with mustard so spicy that it turns him into a fire-breathing dragon!

Soon, he befriends another dragon named Marty, who shows him that dragons lead incredibly busy lives. For starters, they terrorize princesses, battle knights, and guard treasure, but did you know that they are also excellent pizza chefs? Or that they rescue rocket ships stranded in outer space? Or that they are responsible for every warm bath that's ever been taken before bedtime? And all they ask in return is a few fluffy marshmallows--for there's nothing in the whole wide world that a dragon loves better than marshmallows.

So, if you've ever wondered what a day in the life of a dragon is like, spend some time with Marty and Alfie and find out why a dragon's work is never done!

A Fun Project Brings Alfie And Marty To Life!

What if you could sit down and write a real letter to your favorite children's book character? Well, at the end of A Dragon's Work Is Never Done, you can do just that ... you might even get something in return! This is a great project to do with your child or grandchild ... and imagine their delight when they actually hear back from Alfie and Marty! After all, it's not every day you get mail from a dragon ...

About The Author

When Stephanie Barrett was a child she didn't walk around with a security blanket or a stuffed animal; instead she walked around with a copy of Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever. It might not have been as warm and fuzzy, but it more than made up for it with wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations.

Before long she began to scribble stories of her very own onto construction paper and legal pads. Her love affair with children's books has continued ever since, and she absolutely loves being able to share her books with children of all ages. She lives in central Florida with her husband, dog, and cat.


Editorial Reviews

Review

Favorite authors like Roald Dahl and J. K. Rowling have always been an inspiration to Stephanie Barrett, and that mixture of magic and mischief really comes through in this, the first book of the Alfie's Sandwich Series.

Dozens and dozens of beautiful, full color illustrations by Taryn Dufault bring to life an imaginative story that will engage children who are in pre-school through second grade.

A Dragon's Work Is Never Done can be read aloud in approximately 30 minutes, which makes it a great option for a bedtime story or just an afternoon read. A mixture of fairy tale elements like magic and humor makes for an enchanting book that will be a sure hit with any child who likes a good adventure story.

About the Author

Stephanie Barrett realized at the ripe old age of eight that she wanted to become an author more than anything in the world. After college, Stephanie's love of children led her to teach preschool, where she drew constant inspiration for story ideas from the amazing children in her class. The idea for A Dragon's Work Is Never Done, however, didn't come from one of Stephanie's preschool students. Instead, it came from a street food vendor selling sandwiches with mustard so spicy that it seemed entirely possible to turn into a full-fledged, fire-breathing dragon after taking a bite. Stephanie lives with her husband, dog, and cat in central Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2985 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093NI7V4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with great illustrations! September 12, 2012
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I was going to visit some family, so I wanted to get a book that my seven year old nephew would like. He's really into knights and dragons, so I thought he might like this one, and he definitely did!

After we read it we went on the swingset in his backyard, and while he was swinging he kept saying he felt like Alfie when he was flying though space with Marty (there's a part where they go into space and meet an astronaut) and he kept mentioning parts from the book while he played.

I think this would be a great book for any kid who is into this sort of thing, like dragons, knights, princesses, astronauts, pirates, and so on. My nephew has a great imagination and I think any kid like that will have a fun time with this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story, Stimulates the Imagination October 7, 2012
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My grand daughter loved this book! She kept giggling each time Marty the dragon got more marshmallows and she kept trying to guess what he was going to do with all of them.

I haven't actually tried it yet, but there's a real address at the end of the book where you can send letters to Marty and Alfie! My grand daughter was VERY adamant about copying down the address. We haven't had a chance to yet, and I don't really know what to expect, but if we get anything back after we do it I'll update the review.

The story already gets a kid's imagination going, and then being able to write to Alfie and Marty puts it over the top. All in all a great book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story for kids October 6, 2012
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My grandkids loved this story. They are in first grade and could read most it by themselves. They enjoyed reading it to me and sharing the pictures. It is a bit long for them to read in one sitting but a cute story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Niece And Nephew Loved It! September 29, 2012
By Judy
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I read this book to my 4-year-old nephew and 7-year-old niece and they really got into it! I didn't know if they would be 'hooked' for the entire book, since they can be a little hyper sometimes and it takes about 30 minutes to read, but they had no problem and really enjoyed it. The pictures look great on Kindle, and there are a ton of them! The story is very cute and has some unexpected moments, and it's definitely very imaginative. I would definitely recommend this book for kids who like creative, vivid stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully creative! September 27, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read it to the young girls I tutor! I know they will love it very much. There's even a real address at the end of the book where a kid can write a letter to Marty and Alfie. I can't wait to try it out as a fun writing project with one of my students and see what comes back! The story is so creatively written and so much fun from beginning to end. You feel like you are in the story as you follow Marty and Alfie on their imaginative adventures. There's a page at the end with a cute illustration of a monkey character from the next book, so I'm excited to read that one when it comes out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Imaginative September 18, 2012
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I was impressed with the language, as well as the interesting story line, in this adventure/fantasy. Usually when adults read a book to a child, they can pretty much tell where the plot is going. That is not the case here.
The author writes for children, but there were several new words my kindergarten-aged daughter learned--a great teaching opportunity. It was a pleasure, too, for us to enjoy the excellent illustrations, which really helped to bring the story to life. The book is apparently the first of a series and I will be looking for the next one when it becomes available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful fun story to capture the imagination May 27, 2014
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What a delightful diversion from novel-reading! I enjoy a good picture book, and this one fits the bill.

Six-year-old Alfie is busy playing with his train set one afternoon when his mother interrupted him to come wash his hands and sit at the table to eat his lunch. She had prepared for him a ham and cheese sandwich slathered with mustard, and she warned him to take small bites and chew carefully. But, Alfie took a “great big whopping bite” and … ohhhh … spicy hot! When he took a deep breath of air out came smoke, just like smoke from a dragon’s nostrils, followed by flames when he burped! He had toasted the top of his cheese and ham sandwich!

The author, Stephanie Barrett, built such a fun story from there. The kitchen in which Alfie was sitting changed, with grass and tree branches growing out of everywhere and right up through the ceiling and out the roof. He was sitting in a forest. When Alfie looked up he saw dragons flying across the sky!

Now, what child wouldn’t love to meet a friendly dragon? Even now I think I would love it. But this adventure was for Alfie, and what an exciting adventure he had! He learned to fly, and helped a dragon scare a princess, guard treasure, and many other interesting things. The dragon always received payment from the people he helped, but I won’t dish out that spoiler. :)

A Dragon’s Work is Never Done is not the usual 32-page picture book, so it is a little long for young readers but should keep them interested easily. The marvellous illustrations by Taryn Dufault complement the story with wonderful visuals.

An added highlight is at the end of the book. There is a Florida postal address with an invitation to write to Marty (the dragon) or Alfie. From reviews I’ve read they do send handwritten replies to the children who write to them. Imagine a letter from a dragon; how cool is that!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Review
Might be a great book, but the words aren't on the same page with teh picutres thus it never holds the attention of my 2 year old so we have never made it past the first 2-3 pages... Read more
Published 14 months ago by UBizz
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and engaging read for children ages 7 to 10
It's a joy to follow Alfie as he travels through different places and time periods, all beautifully illustrated by Taryn Dufault. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Bolling
5.0 out of 5 stars My Grandchildren love Alfie!
My two granddauthers, aged 5 and 8, love to read this book. It's on the longer side, but it's fast paced and moves through different "mini" adventures quickly which keeps my... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Retired Grammy
5.0 out of 5 stars my grandaughter loved it
Well written and illistrated, with little stories within the story. Entertaining enough to keep a little girl who doesn't read captivated. Read more
Published 19 months ago by papaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Good book for children ages 6 and older... I enjoyed this story book very much... will be reading it again to my granddaughter
Published 19 months ago by T. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars dragon's work
A Dragon's Work Is Never Done An Alfie's Sandwich Series Book by Stephanie Barrett
Illustrated colorful children's book about a boy's imagination. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jbarr5 (julie Barrett)
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't know dragons traveled in flocks:)
A well written children's story filled with creativity and imagination is what you will find in this book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ionia Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY cute story line!!
My 3 (almost 4) year old daughter really enjoyed this story, and is excited there are more stories in the Alfie's Sandwich Stories series. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Roosevelt's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved getting a letter back!
This is a great book that my kindergartener really loved. It is a creative and fun story with LOTS of great pictures. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Timothy
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute and creative!
A Dragon's Work is Never Done is adorable and is a great book to both read to your kids or, if they are old enough, read on their own. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amy M
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More About the Author

Stephanie Barrett realized at the ripe old age of eight that she wanted to become an author more than anything in the world. After college, Stephanie's love of children led her to teach preschool, where she drew constant inspiration for story ideas from the amazing children in her class.

The idea for A Dragon's Work Is Never Done, however, didn't come from one of Stephanie's preschool students. Instead, it came from a street food vendor selling sandwiches with mustard so spicy that it seemed entirely possible to turn into a full-fledged, fire-breathing dragon after taking a bite.

Stephanie lives with her husband, dog, and cat in central Florida.



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