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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (February 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670014028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670014026
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born into a family of fire-breathing dragons, Crispin has been looking forward to his seventh birthday. He expects to light the candles on his cake with his first flames, but whipped cream comes out instead. During a doctor’s visit, Band-Aids shoot from Crispin’s mouth. When he encounters Sir George, a nervous young knight sent out to slay a fire-breathing dragon, Crispin can manage only bubbles. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Their fathers meet in a fiery confrontation, but Crispin saves the day and others recognize his special gift. Clearly expressing the characters’ emotions through exaggeration, Bowers’ colorful acrylic paintings capture the comic absurdity as well as the drama of the story. A Canadian writer and storyteller, Bar-el creates an entertaining and comforting tale aimed at children who long to be appreciated for what they can do, even if it’s not exactly what their parents were expecting. Preschool-Grade 2. --Phelan, Carolyn

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Praise for Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el:

“Bowers colorful bug-eyed dragons and Middle-Age-meets-the-suburbs setting amplify the humor in Bar-el’s prose...” —Publishers Weekly

"Share this with your favorite atypical kids." —Kirkus

"The text emphasizes the positives of being unique." —School Library Journal

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on March 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
All the pressure is on Crispin Blaze. His 7th birthday is coming and this is a very important day. When dragon's reach this milestone they are able to breath fire. As Crispin's family and loved ones wait anxiously for the little dragon to light his own birthday candles something strange happens. Whipped cream comes out.

Well this is odd, so his father takes him off to the doctor "to be fixed". That did not work either; all that came out was Band-Aids. That was ok since the office was running low on them.

Sad little Crispin decides that he has disappointed his family so he wanders off to finds a cave to hide out in. Of course, this is the time that a skinny unsure knight appears and challenges Crispin to "do his worst". Well, as we know, Crispin's worst is not what people expect.

An interesting story in giving people what they need and not necessarily, what they assume. Or the more important lesson of not jumping to conclusions about others.

Cute story and adorable illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maddie on February 20, 2013
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This book is a gem. Dan Bar-el knows how to tell a story for 3-7 year olds. The book makes a gentle point using a twist on dragon folklore that children will love. At the same time any adult who is reads it will also have a laugh. Well crafted and beautifully written.

The most fun picture book I have read in a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wyckoff on August 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of Crispin, a young dragon who breaths just about anything--except fire, that is--and of a young knight in training who is looking for a fire-breathing dragon to slay. The story is humorous and fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. Children will love trying to guess what will come out of Cristin's mouth next. Acrylic paintings in a cartoon-like style support and expand upon the story, and contain some interesting twists of their own (such as when the edges of the illustrations get scorched at one point). This is a wonderful story of friendship and acceptance that works just as well for independent readers as it does for a read-aloud.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raleighmr on February 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this to read to my daughter's kindergarten class. It was a big hit. Very funny with wonderful illustrations.
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This book is a hoot. I love how the little dragon has different things coming out of his mouth. This will be a favorite.
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Humorous and whimsical story that teaches children to be who they are and not try to fit into someone else's description of who they should be. As a twist, it also teaches adults not to try to get a child to fit into thier personal description/expectation of who a child should be. In essence, the story is about acceptance of each others differences and looking on the postive side of life, not the negative.

Basicaly the story is about a dragon, Crispin Blaze, who does not breath fire like the other dragons do. Instead of breathing fire he breathes things that people need or enjoy. For example on his seventh birthday he went to blow out the candles on his cake. Instead of fire he beathes out whip cream.

So his dad takes him to the doctors, and in the office Crispin breathes out band-aids. The nurse in the room said, "We are low on band aids." so now she had plenty of them thanks to Crispin. Hoever, the doctor thinking that it wasn't normal for a dragon to breath out band-aids gives Crispin medicine so he could breath fire like dragons are suspose to do.

Next Crispin is in school where he goes to fire breathing practice with other little dragons his age. Here he breathes out marshmellows. The coach isn't too happy with Crispin, however, the other dragons are happy because now they can roast marshmellows. Which is more fun then breathing fire into the air.

Crispin, not realizing the good he brings to people, feels like a failure because he's not like the other dragons. So he runs away from home where he meets up with a young knight This knight is on a mission to fulfil other people's expectation/description of what knights should do, which is kill dragons.
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By Cooosh on July 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Wonderfull book...for so many reasons..Highly recommend!! I work with disabled children and I am able to integrate many sensory activities with this book. Very engaging!
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By Cindy B on June 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love how this books teaches being unique is okay. Sometimes expectation are for a child to be like the family or live up to expectations of someone else. In this story the parents are not happy that their dragon son it not like other dragons. He doesn't breathe fire like he is suppose to because he is a dragon. In the end, everyone finds out that he differences come together for the good of many; and mom and dad dragon learn the benefit of his unique ways. Great story to talk about what makes you, you.
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