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The Library Dragon Hardcover – October 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; First Edition edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156145091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561450916
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

When an elementary school advertises for a "thick-skinned professional" who is "on fire with enthusiasm," it gets just that-and then some. A bespectacled, dress-wearing dragon, Miss Lotta Scales replaces all the books with spanking clean ones, and refuses to let the students ("with their gooey fingers and snotty noses") touch them. The kids' grades are "going up in smoke," but neither the principal nor the teachers can convince the headstrong dragon to let the pupils near the stacks until one myopic girl accidentally wanders into the library and begins to read a story ("Snuff the Magic Dragon") aloud. The tale manages to soften the librarian's scaly skin-figuratively and literally. Deedy (Agatha's Feather Bed) is an accomplished storyteller, and kids will likely enjoy her frequent puns and wordplay. White heads off imminent cutesiness with droll, stylized illustrations, filled with vibrant color and lots of comical details. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Sunrise Elementary School's new librarian is Miss Lotta Scales, a fire-breathing dragon who fiercely guards her new books. When a nearsighted child enters the unused facility and begins reading aloud, other children wander in, and Miss Scales realizes that kids don't necessarily damage books. She then becomes Miss Lotty, and the kids "warm up" to her. The text is filled with dragon-related puns, as are the colorful, slightly off-center illustrations of children in armor and forbidding yellow "dragon line" tape draped across the stacks of books. Youngsters will enjoy the funny touches and librarians may feel the good-humored tap of a reminder that books are for kids. The final statement, that "...every librarian needs to be a little bit of a dragon-or else, who would guard the books?" is not well worded, but it's not worth getting hot under the collar about.
Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I recommend it to all parents of such children.
Charles Ashbacher
Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.
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I read this book in my elementary school library every year.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
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As a corporate librarian by trade and a public library volunteer, I had to buy this book for myself. However, as much as I (an adult) got tremendous pleasure from the book, it was even more enjoyable to see the rapt faces of the children to whom I read it at the local library. They loved the story, and were impressed with the bravery of Molly Brickman as she educated the Library Dragon on how children can responsibly enjoy the library. In my copy of the book, the dragon actually felt scaly, though I am not sure if it was deliberate on the part of the publisher. Great book, I highly recommend it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Volkert Volkersz on October 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"The Library Dragon" is one of a handful of titles that I read EVERY YEAR in our elementary school library. It is read at the beginning of each school year to first, second and third graders (and they never get tired of it).
While it is delightful, spellbinding story, my motives go beyond entertaining the kids. This hilarious tale is an excellent way to discuss proper care of library books. After all, my students don't want to see me, their librarian, turn into a fire-breathing DRAGON!
By the time the students reach third grade, I have them begin to look for the puns and plays on words pertaining to fire, heat and smoke. Author/illustrator Carmen Agra Deedy got all "fired up" with her "burning" sense of humor. To introduce the concept of puns, we make comparisons to the Amelia Bedelia books, that they already know and love so well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love "The Library Dragon"!! Why? It is so clever in illustrations but more so in word play. There is a flip doll The Library Dragon Flip Doll that goes with this book to show the dual nature of both the dragon and the librarian. I am burning to explain!

A dragon is hired by the principal to protect the library books. In order to do that, she gets rid of all the old books and replaces them with nice, new, clean books. Everyone knows the ONLY way to keep them that way is to keep them on the shelves. So Library Dragon institutes new policies: no books out, no children in. After weeks of no story time in the library, the children begin to suffer from withdrawal.

As often happens in fairy tales anything can happen and does. Molly Brickmeyer has lost her glasses and cannot see beyond her hand. She wanders into the library, a book drops into her hand--Library Dragon is fast asleep-- and she starts reading aloud. Little children hear her and wander into the library to listen. Then Library Dragon awakes and an ancient memory crowds her brain. She takes the book and begins reading.

What happens afterward is the stuff of happy endings. Suffice it to say that scales are involved and a tail and one lap.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
For the first time, my 4-year-old nephew sat enthralled and enchanted by a book that was not about construction or train equipment. He talks about the Library Dragon and wants to read it every day. The illustrations are beautiful, and the prose is right on target for children just beginning to understand the library and its vital function in communities. Perhaps the best message of the book is the emphasis on taking care of books for others to enjoy.
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The first thing I look for when buying any book is "originality of the idea" ... and this one is THAT and more. This talented author is certainly her own woman ... the ideas are all her own, not a carbon copy of anyone else's.

I was excited to see what the Library Dragon, Miss Lotta Scales, was going to do next. Very interesting story with a happy ending that kids can relate to.

My "scales" are off to this very inventive writer!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My preschooler and first grader love this book, but best of all, so do I! It's one of those books that is entertaining to readers of all ages. You really just have to read it to understand how fun it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I think that all ages up to fifth grade would like this book because it is very interesting.I especially think that the upper grades should read it because there are words which are very difficult to understand. The book is about a dragon who is hired to guard the library. She replaced all the old books with brand new books. Her name was Miss Lota Scales. The children were not allowed to take any books off the shelves because the books were only on display. One day a little girl lost her glasses on the floor and ran into the shelf. A book fell on her lap. She put the book to her face and started to read it. Kids from all over the school were there to hear her read. It was just like storytime. Then Miss Scales took the book and began to read it. While she was reading, her scales came off. When all her scales were gone, she was a very nice person.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The main cahracter in this book, is Miss Lotta Scales. The two minor characters are Miss Lemon and Molly Brickmeyer. This story takes places in Sunrise Elementary School. Their only problem is that their new librarian is a dragon, who wouldn't let any of the children touch the books. She made sure that none of the students got close to the books, for fear that they would wreck them by getting their little, sticky fingers all over the pages of the books. She got rid of any book that made dragons sound horrible and mean. The children started to hate library day. The principal tried to compromise with her, But she wouldn't listen to him.
Miss Lemon, the kindergarten teacher, also tried to reason with Miss Lotta Scales. She told Miss Lotta Scales that the students miss storytime. Miss Lotta Scales just laughed and didn't really care about what the other teachers thought, especially sweet, Miss Lemon. That same day, Molly Brickmeyer found her way into the library on accident. She lost her glasses, and couldn't see anything without them, unless it was right under her nose. Molly ran into a bookshelf and a book fell off and landed in her hands. She opened it and began to read it out loud.
Soon all the children heard her reading the story, and gathered into the library. Everyone was listening to her, even Miss Lotta Scales. Miss Lotta Scales started to approach Molly and.... Read this excellent book to find out what happens to Molly and all the other children at Sunrise Elementary School. I thought this book was cute, and had great little side jokes if you look at the pictures. This book is something that the whole family can enjoy. It shows how some people can have a change in heart, with a little help from children.
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