Did you know dragons hate sweet flavors? Or that the Draconic word for ugly is "nurh"? Or that the best place to find a green dragon is behind a waterfall? Any dragon buff worth his or her salt needs to know the ins and outs of these frightful, spectacular creatures. And Sindri Suncatcher, the wizard apprentice narrator of A Practical Guide to Dragons is just the man for the job. Although he forbids potential readers from opening the book, the insatiably curious will ignore the warning and begin reading Sindri's "scrolls" to learn what the sometimes foolishly fearless kender (small, mischievous hobbit-like man) has learned about dragons.
This gorgeously illustrated book by Lisa Trumbauer will provide hours of absorbed entertainment for humans in search of the nittiest grittiest details about dragons, from anatomy and physiology to combat techniques to society to language to the many types of dragons. Packed with details, it also is infused with sly humor throughout, with many allusions to Sindri's adventures with dragons, as well as to his colorful family (the book is dedicated to Aunt Moonbeam). --Emilie Coulter
Grade 3–7—Readers of "Dragonlance: The New Adventures" series (Mirrorstone) will recognize the "inscriber" of this book, an elf-eared "kender" named Sindri Suncatcher. Having gleaned much of his knowledge from a wizard mentor, he begins his book with a general look at the anatomy and life cycle of dragons. The bulk of the work is divided into six-page chapters, each introducing a specific species with a fierce-looking, full-page portrait and descriptions of physical attributes, offspring ("Eggs"), development ("Wyrmlings"), adult behavior, lair, and combat skills. Inset paintings, labeled anatomical sketches, and maps decorate the pages, which are shaded to look like parchment. Readers will learn that red dragons are "ferocious and cruel" and live in volcanoes, blue ones use their lightning breath to cook their food, brass dragons prefer talking to fighting, and gold ones spend most of their lives in human form. Filled with interesting and quirky details, this well-imagined manual is fun to browse. Although readers unfamiliar with Sindri's world may feel lost by references to the character's compatriots and experiences, this offering may appeal to die-hard fantasy fans.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Who ever knew!!! What an exquisite adventure into another world!! The illustrator is a genius!! And the author speaks from her own experience!!!Published 20 days ago by Marjorie B
Amazing book!!! I loved it so much, and it taught me so many things about dragons that I didn't even know. Had a long description for each of the ten different types of dragons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Meyer
I have been looking for this book for a long time due to my bad memory for names. So happy to have this back in my library again.Published 5 months ago by Cheshire Kunkel
I got this for my 5 year old grandson for Christmas. He loves it! Three generations of dragon lovers.Published 5 months ago by Vicki Milholland
Got it for my boyfriend's birthday, as he has an impressive dragon collection. Great gift for a fantasy-loving man-child - and me, as wellPublished 7 months ago by Jennifer L. Wise
My kids both read this often. Beautiful book in terms of cover, binding, etc. I would recommend.Published 7 months ago by TheHag
Bought this for a friend's son who is 9 and loves dragons. Apparently he loves it so much that he's read it over several times and takes it with him when they go places. Read morePublished 7 months ago by yajnes