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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Dragons
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439548470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439548472
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.

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Pictures are cute as well.
jing
This story, as well as all the Dragon books, is a great introduction to independent reading for young readers.
Robin Lapre
This is a very fun book to read to 4-6 year olds.
Fran D.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on October 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Dragon's Halloween" contains three stories all about Dragon and, what else, Halloween. Some things are meant to be.

We know this is a good dragon before even opening the book. How? See on the cover? Watch the mama cat and her five young cats. They surround Dragon in friendship.

Turn the page and Story 1 begins: "Six Small Pumpkins." Dragon is going about his collection of one giant pumpkin for Halloween and is seeking it in the Free Pumpkin Patch, but voila, all the giant ones are gone! Oh my, what to do?

Dragon collects the remaining six and conceives a plan for making these little ones scary! His friends Alligator and Fox come along and pretty much laugh at Dragon for thinking he can make something scary out of things so small. They are on the ground laughing their heads off. BUT!! When Dragon lights the candles in the pumpkin, they screech with terror and flee the scene. Yikes! Even Dragon is frightened by the Pumpkin Scary Man he has created. He runs home, hides under the bed, where he stays until it is time for Story 2.

The next two stories are just as scary and humorous: "The Costume Party" and "The Deep Dark Woods." Poor Dragon.

Dav Pilkey, the author/artist, created this darling character before he created Captain Underpants, known to children far and wide. Dragon is just as beloved, except by a younger audience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
That Dragon, he is the cutest dragon and this is a great story. He is so clever with the jack-o-lantern and for anyone who's walked through the dark wood at night while the wind blows can identify with this. It's a great story for kids. I have all of Dragon's books and my child and I like them all. Don't hesitate, buy this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Cute story for the Halloween holiday and a nice way to introduce young children to the idea of chapter books. There are other books in the "Dragon" series, so readers can revisit the character in other settings if they enjoy him in this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By History_of_Art_Geek on October 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first became acquainted with this book 3-years ago. I was perusing the library holiday selections, and thought the short stories in Dragon's Halloween might entertain my son. William was only 2 at the time, and although a bit young to read all 3-stories in one sitting, he appreciated them individually. At no time was he scared, but highly amused. I read this book probably 20-times the first time it came into our home. Each story takes about 2-minutes to read aloud, so altogether, 6-minutes in total.

When I saw that Dragon's Halloween was available in paperback, I just had to have it, and I haven't regretted the purchase. The book's been well loved, and although a Halloween book, it's been read throughout the year.
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By Robin Lapre on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This story, as well as all the Dragon books, is a great introduction to independent reading for young readers. The sentence length and word choices are very manageable for young readers. But unlike many "easy readers", the stories are actually very nice, with a real plot and resolution. At least my child was interested enough in the story to stick with it until the end, and he felt satisfied with the ending. Most of the dragon books have a few short chapters (a couple of pages each), with very appealing drawings and plot. These are the best transition to early chapter books that I havea found.
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Format: Hardcover
What a great little series from Dav Pilkey. The chapters are short so it's a good introduction to 'chapter books'. The stories are sweet and understandable and help to build children's confidence as they can pretty quickly conquer the stories. I think they are particularly good for children who are reading above grade level.

In the Halloween book there are 3 short stories:
1. Six Small Pumpkins
2. The Costume Party
3. The Deep Dark Woods

Written at the 3rd Grade level, these books appeal to kids' funny-bones.

Pam T~
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By MamaJama on November 1, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My two boys love dragon. My kids are 7 and 4 and they just love the mischief that he seems to always find himself in. And they like that his Fat Cat and her babies are in this book too. This is a short book with a few chapters about Halloween. The story is not scary, but is very cute. My 7 year old likes to read the story and can do so easily. The vocabulary is not challenging, but the story is funny. It's also nice to have short chapters so that kids can take a little break if reading is frustrating.
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By Jess on March 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter found these books at the library and fell in love, we got this book in particular because she loves Halloween. There are 3 stories in this book separated into chapters although they are all pretty short. We like the stories although unlike a lot of children's books these stories don't have some lesson or moral at the end of each tale it is just fun.
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More About the Author

"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-The Educational Book & Media Association

PRAISE FOR CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS:

"Pilkey's sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers." PARENTS' CHOICE FOUNDATION

"Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action" - BOOKLIST

"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read" - HEALTHY FAMILY MATTERS

"Call Pilkey . . . the savior of the 'reluctant reader.' " --USA TODAY

2012 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

Dav Pilkey is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Check out his award-winning website at www.Pilkey.com

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