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You've Got Dragons Hardcover – September 1, 2003

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-This picture book presents a muddled blend of humor and instructional advice. A young boy suddenly discovers that he is surrounded by dragons. He can't ignore them and he can't escape them: "Dragons are scary. You try to pretend yours isn't there. But it IS." As the child grows used to his unwanted companions, he writes an advice column about them and offers tips to others, such as "Talk with someone else about your dragon." Finally, he discovers that "dragons don't stay forever." The illustrations depict the omnipresent creatures as slightly scary, but not too threatening. The narrative includes humorous moments, but it will be hard for most children to really get what's going on. A list of "Ancient Dragon Wisdom" at the end indicates that the "dragons" the boy describes actually represent something else, perhaps fears or change or insecurity. There are no hints early on that the dragons aren't literally part of his world. Often they appear along with stressful childhood experiences, such as turning off the light or moving to a new home. Other times, though, he associates them with playing games or eating lunch, and it seems like it's all in fun. The metaphor could be used effectively by adults sharing the book with children, but it will be lost on most young readers.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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K-Gr. 3. You know how it is. Suddenly "your heart thuds and your knees shake . . and your tummy hurts and . . . You've got dragons." And they don't go away. In this reassuring picture book, a redheaded boy first tries to deal with his dragons by ignoring them. But the truth is, he has to figure out what kind of dragon it is--like a math-test dragon--give it his full attention at least once a day, so it doesn't get bigger, talk to someone else about it, and get plenty of hugs. This excellent metaphor for the fears and worries of every child (and adult) is accompanied by relentlessly cheerful illustrations in fine line and rosy washes of color. Even the dragons themselves, though fearsome, are kind of pastel. A great choice for the walking worried. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156145284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
The collaborative effort of author Kathryn Cave and illustrator Nick Maland, You've Got Dragons is a gentle and lighthearted picture book about dragons as metaphors for one's daily worries - turning up in ordinary lives and places where they are least expected! Charming caricatures and gentle advice for facing one's fears make You've Got Dragons a most enjoyable and recommended read to share with young folks ages 6 to 10.
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I read this book to my 9-year-old child who suffers with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She could identify with all the "dragons" in this story. The book even gave great suggestions at the end of the book on how to deal with your "dragons". The ideas given are the very things psychologist use in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) to help children and adults deal with their OCD. I would recommend this book to any parent who has a child that has a hard time dealing with fears. This book can do more in 15 minutes to help your child deal with his fears than a psychologist could do in many hours of therapy.
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This is a wonderful story written for children who suffer from fears and anxieties. It is based on sound and current principles of psychotherapy. It fits in beautifully with cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfullness. The message in the story is equally relevant for adults who suffer from anxiety and often anxious children have anxious parents. The book is beautifully illustrated.
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This is an excellent book for approaching worry and fear with kids. I used this in a therapeutic group setting with kids and was amazed at the range of topics that this book brought up for them, even outside of worry and fear. It brought up guilt, difficulty with changes in family, as well as worries and fears.
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I have been looking for another Nick Maland book ever since my son did a blue whale report using his "Big Blue Whale" book (written with Nicola Davies). Maland has an unusual style with cross-hatching and shadows that is enjoyable and interesting to look at.

My kids enjoy this as a story book about a kid who suddenly finds himself beset by dragons. I read it as a metaphor for what to do when you suddenly have problems.

Is this really happening? IT IS.
What should I do? Why ME? Why do I deserve this? YOU DON'T. NOBODY DOES.
Pretend it isn't there. BUT IT IS.
Pretend it's not scary. BUT IT IS.
YOU THINK ABOUT THEM ALL THE TIME.
YOU THINK NOBODY UNDERSTANDS.
HUGS HELP. TELLING JOKES HELPS.
HELPING OTHER PEOPLE HELPS.
DRAGONS DON'T STAY FOREVER.

Helpful for kids who have problems outside of their control. Helpful for adults who have problems outside of their control. I'm thinking about buying a few copies for friends who are suddenly diagnosed with cancer, which has happened twice this week.

Cancer, divorce, moving away, new sibling, rejection by your best friend, unemployed parents, headlice, puberty... any set of problems works.
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I found this book at my local library while looking for books to read for my Children's Literature class. I absolutely loved it and it had a strong impact on me both as a future elementary school teacher and a person with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I've had GAD my whole life and it helped me understand the potential that this book has to help students who worry or have other troubles in their lives. So far it is the only book of it's kind that I've stumbled upon. I love how it described the nervous belly rumblings and the quaking in the knees - all of these are the classic symptoms of anxiety that I experienced as a child and still experience from time to time as an adult. The book really seals the deal by providing children ways that can help cope with their dragons. I bought this book for my classroom and intend on using it in a lesson with any grade level I teach. I definitely recommend it to any parents who have "high strung" children. I think both child and parent would love reading this book and it's a great way to start a discussion.
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We checked this out from the library - it was on the shelf marked, "Dealing with difficult situations."
This may be your child's first self-help book, but if they followed the advice in this book, they would be well served through life. It's rare for a book to try to reach a young audience and broach a difficult topic - one that most adults can't really address that well. My son is almost 4. Target age would be 4-8. My son enjoys it. He tells me his worries are dragons, his bad habits are crocodiles - maybe that will be the next book this author writes.
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I liked this book enormously. "Dragons" obviously being a metaphor for whatever may be troubling you, or preying on your mind. I think adult readers might enjoy this book on a lot more levels than children, who may take it much more literally. Pair this with Oh, the Places You'll Go!, for an interesting take on how to conquer life's little set-backs.
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