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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689858280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689858284
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*“Eversole’s spare narrative mixes tongue-in-cheek exaggeration, childhood fears and adventure, inspiring Campbell to contrast the rough and the refined, designing detailed watercolor worlds brimming with humor and beauty. This primer on friendship wrapped in hijinks is paced for maximum pleasure.”

--Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2011, *STAR

"Watercolor visions of both dragon realms combine traditional folk art and contemporary originality with cross-sectioned full-page images. Far-eastern architecture contrasts with European medieval castles, while modern technology, toys, and conveniences add a twist of the unexpected. Readers can search the pages for humorous scenes of modern comforts–a celebration with rock bands, karaoke, soccer for “tin” men and pizza for all. With an underlying message of the ills of prejudgment, this title should find a place in all libraries."

School Library Journal, March 2012

About the Author

Dr. Robyn Eversole lives in Tasmania with her husband, Wayne; their daughter, Rebekkah; and various household members with fur, feathers, and fins. As an anthropologist, she has worked in South Africa and in universities across Australia. She has published six books for children.

Scott Campbell also illustrated Zombie in Love. He is an art director and illustrator who has art developed video games such as Psychonauts and created comics such as Igloo Head and Tree Head. Visit Scott and see more of his work at PyramidCar.com.

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This book is funny and fun to read.
Room207
It's just the best possible combination of fun story, sterling text, relatable characters, and deeply amusing art.
E. R. Bird
Super cute story and illustrations.
Grady

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Woodmansee VINE VOICE on January 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Both our twin girls (now nearly 5) like dragons, but one in particular is true dragon lover. We saw this book at our most awesome local children's book store The Wild Rumpus and bought it in an instant it was so wonderful. I like that it is a picture book but with a little more words than most, we've been trying to graduate our girls away from picture books that have only one sentence per page in favor of a paragraph or more on each page, this starts off as one to two sentences on each page for the first two pages then a paragraph on each page after that. The artwork is just wonderful, I really love it, makes me want to get more of Scott Campbell's work. The story is cute and while it does have a little bit of a message it is far from preachy, thankfully. "East Dragon lives in a palace. West Dragon lives in a cave. West Dragon thinks East Dragon is a snob. East Dragon thinks West Dragon is a slob." The comparisons continue, and I liked this, it is grounded in reality, I mean not that dragons are real, but the surroundings, what each region thought a dragon looked like, their place in the lore of the humans in their region. Then comes the page where the West Dragon complains about the knights bugging him all the time, this page is just awesome, all these small little knights running around West Dragons cave running amuck, I just love this page. Anyway. Then West Dragon decides to do something to get rid of the knights, he give's them a map (the same dragon enthusiast also LOVES maps so this is a favorite page of hers) showing all sorts of good things worth going after and the knights set off exploring with the map and that's what eventually leads to the dragons having to meet and realizing they are not bad as they thought, that there's nothing to fear in the other, and they become friends. Even if you don't have a dragon lover in your family, this is still a fabulous book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes the obvious can also be the impossible. Take dragons, for example. Now say you're a children's librarian and a five-year-old approaches your desk and asks you for "a dragon story". And not one of those two-bit cheapo dragon titles either. Nuh-uh. An honest-to-goodness straight up dragon tale with scales and fire and knights. The whole shebang. Now logically, what with dragons being this eternal bit of subject matter that's just as popular with the kids now as they were 100 years ago, you should be able to instantly name ten great dragon picture books off the top of your head. Maybe you can too. Maybe you're particularly gifted in that way. For my part, though, it's hard to think of iconic dragon-related picture books. "The Reluctant Dragon"? A great story but a bit long for a tot. "The Knight and the Dragon"? Wonderful but wordless. "The Paper Bag Princess"? Awesome story but can we work that word "dragon" into the title somewhere? No, as ridiculous as this may sound it can be really hard to think up dragon stories. The idea that you might give one to the kid that contains not one but TEN cool looking dragons alongside a fun story, an acknowledgement that dragons mean different things in different cultures, plenty of action and plenty of humor . . . well basically just sign me up for some of that!Read more ›
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By Grady on May 17, 2013
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I'm a fan! Super cute story and illustrations. I'm a fan of the artist, so be sure to check out his other work if you like the book.
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By Room207 on February 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Do you love silly dragon books? If you do, you should read East Dragon West Dragon by Robyn Eversole. The book is about two dragons: the east dragon and the west dragon. The west dragon lives in a cave near a castle. It is the kind of dragon that is in fairy tales where a dragon fights knights. The east dragon is a Chinese dragon and lives in peace in a palace with a friendly emperor and nine Chinese dragons. But the east dragon and the west dragon don't get along together. This book is funny and fun to read.

One reason why this book is funny and fun to read is that the illustrations are funny. Examples of funny illustrations are pirates, dragons playing video games, or knights who can't use chopsticks.

One final reason why the book is great to read is it's not a scary or violent book. Even though there's a little bit of fighting, there is no extreme violence. I think readers age six or higher would like this book.

Next time you look for a book to read, pick East Dragon West Dragon by Robyn Eversole.
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