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Matthew's Dragon Hardcover – September 1, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

In another display of impressive storytelling, Newbery Medalist Cooper (the Dark Is Rising sequence; The Selkie Girl ) recounts Matthew's post-bedtime escapade. As he settles into his pillow, the boy watches the pages of his book open to reveal a dragon with golden scales and eyes like rubies. Matthew becomes as small as this personable creature, and the two slip under the window. After snacking on tomatoes and doing battle with the nasty neighborhood cat, Matthew and the dragon--who grows to be as large as a house--fly high into the sky, where they meet up with "all the dragons ever put into the world of story." Filled with imaginative creatures, incandescent colors and thrilling motion, Smith's paintings of the dragon-crowded sky are truly breathtaking. This is an inspired pairing of author and illustrator. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Matthew's mother has just read him a bedtime story about dragons, and he is snuggled down, ready for sleep, when the book begins to glow. Matthew pushes up its cover, and the dragon on the last page sits up and smiles. The young boy arises from bed, becomes as small as the dragon, and the two embark on a nocturnal voyage fraught with danger and delight. The neighbor's cat, a razor-clawed monster who will leave ailurophobes trembling, stalks the pair and almost makes a meal out of Matthew before the dragon snatches him up to safety in the air. There they encounter every sort of dragon ever imagined. In a spectacular double-page spread, the winged creatures glide across the starry sky like exploding fireworks. Distinguished writing and dramatic illustrations make for an attractive package, but the length of the story and the terrifying aspect of the ferocious feline require a one-on-one sharing experience between a child and a trusted adult for optimal enjoyment. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689505124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689505126
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Cooper is best known for her acclaimed five-book fantasy sequence "The Dark is Rising," which won a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor Award, and two Carnegie Honor Awards. Born in England in 1935, she became a reporter and feature writer for the London Sunday Times--her first boss was James Bond creator Ian Fleming--before moving to the United States in 1963. Her first novels were "Mandrake" and the autobiographical "Dawn of Fear," followed by the complete Dark is Rising sequence (Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree). The sequence, deeply rooted in the rich heritage of Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology, is a classic work of children's literature, still in print after 40 years. Cooper went on to write other well-received children's novels, including "Seaward," "The Boggart" and its sequel "The Boggart and the Monster," "Green Boy," "King of Shadows," and "Victory," as well as several picture books for young readers with illustrators such as Ashley Bryan and Warwick Hutton. She has also written books for adults, as well as plays and Emmy-nominated screenplays (some in collaboration with her second husband, the actor Hume Cronyn). Recent books include the collaborative project "The Exquisite Corpse Adventure" and her biography of Jack Langstaff titled "The Magic Maker." Her latest young adult novel is "Ghost Hawk." Ms. Cooper lives in Marshfield MA. Visit her on Facebook or on her website at www.thelostland.com.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1998
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After Matthew's mother finishes reading to him, Matthew's dragon comes out of the book and leads Matthew [now small] on a silvery trail out his window. They are menaced by a neighbor cat but escape when the dragon becomes big. They fly to join all other dragons in a magical songfest, then they both return to Matthew's room. A fanciful book with wonderful illustrations.
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By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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Ths book is excellent for both younger and older children. My daughter brought it home as a library book from school. My 2 year old son loved it so much I had to go buy it. My daughter had to take it back to school. Prior to that she had me read it evey night. The illustrations are great and the story content even kept me involved. It is a must for any child's library.
I think every child at some point dreams of a dragon. It's magical powers, it's ability for flight. "Matthew's Dragon" brings to life, that dream.
It is truly magical and wonderful, with a great hero dragon and an enemy cat.
Enjoy it, my family did.
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By Margaret Watkinson on January 5, 2011
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this book is in our preschool and the kids love it- one boy in particular, 3.7 years old, would browse and browse this book. the perspective of the Main character, matthew, riding over the town on the dragon's back lends itself to all sorts of conversation about perspective, what we might see from various vantage points.
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By Andrew Varga on December 28, 2014
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My grandkids love this story and always request it.
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