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

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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.

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  • File Size: 2985 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093NI7V4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Sudul on 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 By lois henry on 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 By 14kgolduhm on 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 By tennisfan93 on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Abernathy on 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 By Judy on September 29, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Twodolls on October 8, 2012
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Don't be fooled into thinking this is just a children's picture book! It is perfect for early elementary school grades as well. This book is creative and fun, and it really sparked my niece and nephew to use their imaginations when we discussed it. They started coming up with other adventures for the main character, Alfie. A great first book for Mrs. Barrett. I hope she continues the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn A. Davidson on 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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