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A Practical Guide to Dragon Magic (Practical Guides) Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1180L (What's this?)
  • Series: Practical Guides
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Mirrorstone (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786953470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786953479
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan J. Morris (susanjmorris.com) is a fantasy author and editor. She also wrote a critically acclaimed writing advice column for Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, worked for over six years as the editor of the Forgotten Realms novels (a shared world fantasy imprint at Wizards of the Coast in Seattle), and worked for just over a year in the Books department at Amazon.com. In her spare time, she has published five books and designed Dungeons & Dragons for kids. She was delighted to be a 2012 Industry Insider Guest of Honor at Gen Con.

When not reading, editing, or writing, Susan enjoys drinking ungodly amounts of coffee, dancing, playing video games, and working on her German language skills. She lives in rainy Seattle with her wonderful husband in a beautiful, strange house filled with plants. She has one cat (Nox), but her favorite animal has always been the jellyfish, and she holds a special fondness for all the ugliest creatures of the sea, like sea cucumbers.

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Great illustrations and descriptions, as always.
H. E. Christianson
I LOVE dragons and mythical creatures and reading about them, and this book is definitely one of my favorites!
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Purchased this book for my daughter and she loved it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SZ on December 18, 2011
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My kids LOVE this series of books. We got the first one from the library (A Practical Guide to Dragons), and checked it out so much that we ended up buying it - and A Practical Guide to Dragon Magic (Dungeons & Dragons) and A Practical Guide to Dragon Riding (Dragonlance: the New Adventure). It has been three years, and my kids still regularly get these books out to read and to use a reference while drawing their own dragon pictures.

The richly described world of dragons is engrossing. When we purchased these books, my son was in 1st grade and a reluctant reader. He would work really hard to read a passage in these books, even though the vocabulary level was high. As a beginning reader, he focused on the charts as they only had a few words per table cell. He quickly memorized pages of dragon facts, returning again and again to the books to read more. Now he reads all of the text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason K. Henry on December 7, 2010
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This book, like many of the 'Practical Guide' series - especially the other Sindri Suncatcher books on dragons and dragon riding - serve as more of a companion text to the numerous Dungeons & Dragons books that target younger readers, including the Dragon Codices. That being said, it is a delightful read for anyone who was or is familiar with the D&D universe. It genuinely feels like you are reading the words and experiences of "the world's greatest kender wizard" due to the numerous examples of "artifacts" that he shows throughout the book. Overall, a nice book for younger readers and D&D enthusiasts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. E. Christianson on January 25, 2014
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My son loves the "A Practical Guide" books and has never been disappointed with any of them. Great illustrations and descriptions, as always.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alice G. on January 7, 2014
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This was a very welcome gift for a dragon affecionado who loved it.
The whole serie is a good choice for anyone into dragons
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GO on December 18, 2013
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I have been fascinated with dragons since I was a little girl and this book reminds me why. This world of dragons is described in rich detail-it is engrossing. I love the descriptions of the different types of dragons and their human counterparts. Explanations of the dragon personalities and magical abilities were interesting. One of my favorites was the blue dragon who could “deafen its enemies by barking out a thunderclap” or shoot lightning bolts from its mouth. The human apprentices took on attributes of their chosen dragons—very curious…and extremely cool. They could “sprout dragon wings to fly on their own, gain the elemental breath of their patron dragon, and acquire the enthralling majesty and secret knowledge of dragons.” I was impressed yet again with this book in the practical guide series. It even has a quiz to determine your compatibility with a particular dragon. The illustrations alone are incredible. My oldest son kept looking over my shoulder whenever I had this book open. He loves that there is a Draconic language he can write in code. He loves to draw the dragons from it too. We are dragon fans and this keeps the “flame” going.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Dunagan on July 28, 2013
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Beautiful art; realistic, insightful text. This book is great for imaginative kids who love dragons, as more than just cartoons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on February 18, 2014
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I've been trying to find this book for quite some time now to add to my Practical Guide collection. I've always enjoyed reading these books :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Panda-Boo18 on March 8, 2013
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This book is so awesome! It's very informative, and the artwork is so beautiful! I LOVE dragons and mythical creatures and reading about them, and this book is definitely one of my favorites! This would make an excellent addition to any fellow dragon enthusiast's library! :D:D:D:D
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