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A Practical Guide to Dragons (Practical Guides) Hardcover – September 26, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Series: Practical Guides
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Mirrorstone; First Edition edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786941642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786941643
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

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

From School Library Journal

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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More About the Author

Lisa Trumbauer is the New York Times best-selling author of A Practical Guide to Dragons. In addition, she has written about 300 other books for children, including mystery novels, picture books, and nonfiction books on just about every topic under the sun (including the sun!). Lisa lives in New Jersey with her husband, Dave, two moody cats, and a dog named Blue.

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My 7 year old son really loves this book.
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Practical Guide to Dragons Nice book with good illustrations.
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I LOVE Dragons and this book is my fave dragon book.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on May 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Longtime fans of Dungeons and Dragons will recognize all of the dragons included in this slim, elegant manual. Those of us who began playing back in the 1970sknow these dragons by heart. However, we've never seen the material presented in this way.

My son and I read together all the time. We enjoyed a lot of fantasy novels, including the Harry Potter books, and he gets totally captivated by imaginary creatures. Last night, while perusing the new releases, my son discovered this book. The first time I noticed that he had it Was when I realized how quiet it had gotten. Though he enjoys reading books with me, he doesn't necessarily enjoy watching me look through the racks. He's nine, so he can fold up and sit on the floor anywhere.

Last night he was folded up reading this book. When I asked what he was looking at, I could see the excitement in his eyes when he showed me this book. I recognize that immediately as Dungeons and Dragons material, but the usual TSR and/or Wizards of the Coast Logos were nowhere to be seen. I looked at the publisher and realized it was Mirrorstone, an offshoot of the Wizards of the Coast publishing arm that directs books at young readers.

My nine year old loves read about animals. I don't know how many times he's come home and told me about animals he's read about and school. If he's not a zoologist, then he's going to be well-educated when it comes to animals.

Even imaginary ones!

The book is wonderful to look at. I flipped through the pages with him and talked about the times I had played Dungeons and Dragons and had to fight to the death against some of these creatures. Of course, he was mortified that I would even think about killing dragons.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Howard V. Tayler on February 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're a D&D fan with kids, you need this book. I mean, you can't be letting your kids read the monster manual, even though they really want to, because they're not supposed to know how many hit dice that beholder has, right?

A Practical Guide to Dragons is perfect for kids. I scored a copy from Stacy Whitman, the Mirrorstone editor at Wizards of the Coast (we met at LTUE), and hadn't yet opened it myself when my 11-year-old daughter captured it and hauled it off to her bedroom.

She has read the Monster Manual (that's what I get for leaving these dangerous tomes just lying around where anybody can see them) but eagerly plowed into this "lighter" volume and reported back that it was much better, since there weren't tables of numbers detracting from the enjoyable blocks of text. Besides, the blocks of text were a lot longer, and far more fun.

After reading (and enjoying) the book myself , I found another use for it -- it is possible that a tome very like this one could actually be "player knowledge," and could be worked into your next campaign as both a prop and a resource. There's even a little table of Draconic words you could drop into your campaign, forcing your players to do some research with the book rather than just throwing a d20 against "Knowledge: Draconic" and hoping they don't pooch the roll.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Colby Mortensen on December 29, 2007
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I bought this as a gift for my 12 year old cousin--the art work is beautiful and detailed and the written descriptions of the dragons were imaginative and fun--perfect for a tween interested in fantasy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
my 9 year old grandson spent hours with this book. his imagination flew relative his other action figures, games, and this book. he and a friend created an entire game around this book. great travel book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is really interesting. It talks about the wonderful world of dragons. In this book, there is ten different types of dragons; Red, Black, Green, White, Blue, Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, and Brass. There is a section about each one of these types. This book has a couple of passages about a topic on each page, as well as beautiful pictures of that type of dragon. It also has diagrams of dragon lairs and anatomy, as well as some graphs. This book was really good, and is, in my opinion, the best dragon book ever!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you didn't believe in dragons before, after you see this book you will start to believe they really existed. I really liked the way they show where each type of dragon lives and their special powers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evripidou Maria on January 6, 2009
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bought this for a friend and I really like dit. Will be buying it for myself in the future. It shares some same illustrations as the draconomicon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thesimpsonmom on November 18, 2013
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Bought this for my 12 year old son who loves all things dragon related ! He had checked this book out at the library so many times and always wished he could keep it ! The pictures in the book are stunning and the information on all the dragons is more than informative as well as very detailed ! If your child is a Dragon-Lover this book is for them !!! I would recommend this to all !!!
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