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Drake's Comprehensive Compendium of Dragonology (Ologies) Hardcover – October 27, 2009


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Grade 4 Up—"Written" by the fictional late-19th-century dragonologist Ernest Drake, this book offers everything kids might want to know about dragons. It's disguised as nonfiction and bound in an elaborate turn-of-the-20th-century cover with detailed illustrations on every page. Topics include a dragon's scales; how to distinguish males from females (females are tidier); the various species, including the difference between a basilisk and a wyvern; and how fire-breathing actually works (some dragons possess a "spark pouch" that ignites their venom, allowing them to shoot flames 100 yards). The volume will draw young readers with an interest in dragons, and will be an appealing browsing item for fantasy fans.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Ologies
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Gift edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763646237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763646233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Ernest Drake is said to have lived in St. Leonard's Forest, Sussex, England, in the late nineteenth century and to have issued a very limited run - some 100 copies - of DRAGONOLOGY in 1895. A noted dragonologist and a founding member of the Secret & Ancient Society of Dragonologists in London, Dr. Ernest Drake was determined to bring the subject of dragons under the burgeoning umbrella of the nineteenth-century natural sciences. He had absolutely no doubt that dragons exist, and his notes suggest that he had no little experience of them. Apparently, only one copy of DRAGONOLOGY ever appeared in public, surfacing in the basement of a secondhand bookstore in London in 1987. The book was accompanied by a letter, dated 1904, addressed to an unnamed apprentice.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2010
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This book (though not a replacement) is an excellent suppliment to the original Dragonology book. It repeats some of the facts contained in the previous book but also features plenty of new information on both old and new dragon species as well their close relatives. The illustrations are fantastic and (if you have a webcam) can also come alive with awesome 3d images. Overall, I strongly recommend this book to dragon fans. It will be a worthwhile addition to your collection even if you prefer not to collect all the dragonology books just because of the insane amount of work that went into this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 21, 2011
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I LOVE dragons and I LOVE this book! I got this book from the library but liked it so much I just had to buy it. It is very detailed and has wonderful descriptions. I have about all the dragonology books and this one is definitely one of the best!! I'm 11 but this book really can be for any age. If you like dragons or just think it would be interesting to own then I highly recommend this fantastic book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kayla on February 20, 2013
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I bought this book because I love dragons. I have just about everything dragon in my home. The only thing I didn't like about this product is it's not as thick as I imagined. I expected a thick book with a bunch to read. But on a brighter note the illustrations are very beautiful. Overall I'm happy with this product. It came fairly fast as well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Murray Duffin on March 24, 2013
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I bought this book for my grandson, but enjoyed it as much as he did. My own collection of dragons has been much enhanced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on November 14, 2013
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I bought this for a pre-teen child. His only comment when asked was, "I love it." I can tell you he has read the whole book twice, quoted me facts about dragons from the book, and put to use some of the extras in the book. If you have a child interested in fantasy and dragons, this may be worth the investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marina B. on May 28, 2012
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This book must be purchased on sight! A real GEM! Amazing artwork, amazing information. Worth the money. Bought 1 for myself, and have already gifted another for a friend who loved it! Will not hesitate to gift again and recommend to everyone who loves DRAGONS! :D
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I honestly never thought I'd want another Dragonology book after I read through the majority of the older texts and had them mostly memorized (the original book, the handbook and assorted others). After seeing this installment at my library and flipping through it, however, my opinion was changed completely. Unlike the main Ology books, there are no inlaid gems in the cover and the pages are thick and parchment-like, not shiny cardstock. Despite that minor change, very few illustrations are reused from the original and adds several dragons and pseudo-dragons to the usual fare presented thus far. In terms of content removal, it only contains the original dragon runes seen in the first Dragonology and is missing the sections on dragon magic altogether. While from a publishing perspective repeating that much material is unnecessary, I feel it removes an interesting aspect from the world of Dragonology present in the other books. Even so, the addition of new dragons and fresh artwork can make even a long-time, older fan's interest become renewed. I can happily say this book will not be donated to my cousins as the others have.

Pros:
-New artwork
-New dragons
-Recaps and collects important parts of older works
-High quality paper and beautiful canvas cover
-Has a built-in ribbon bookmark

Cons:
-Expensive! It's most likely out-of-print, but makes a good gift for collectors and fans of Dragonology
-Big, thick book, may be intimidating to smaller children
-Lacks interesting (but minor) content from other Dragonology books
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My daughter brought this book home from the library and after a week, we all decided we needed a copy for ourselves. It's amazing how much detail went into creating Drake's Compendium - detailing each kind of dragon, their habits, their temperaments, prey, habitat, diet, language, alphabet, bone-structure. Even their dung.

It has a tremendous amount of humor in addition to drop dead gorgeous illustrations. I now know more than I ever thought I would about the European, Knucker, Ryu, Lung, American and Mexican Amphithere dragons (plus all the psuedo-dragons).

The whole family loves this books and looks forward to more compendiums of mythical beasts by the publisher.
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