- Age Range: 10 and up
- Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
- Series: Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic (July 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590457225
- ISBN-13: 978-0590457224
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (444 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – July, 1992
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Cimorene, princess of Linderwall, is a classic tomboy heroine with classic tomboy strengths--all of which are perceived by those around her as defects: "As for the girl's disposition--well, when people were being polite, they said she was strong-minded. When they were angry or annoyed with her, they said she was as stubborn as a pig." Cimorene, tired of etiquette and embroidery, runs away from home and finds herself in a nest of dragons. Now, in Cimorene's world--a world cleverly built by author Patricia C. Wrede on the shifting sands of myriad fairy tales--princesses are forever being captured by dragons. The difference here is that Cimorene goes willingly. She would rather keep house for the dragon Kazul than be bored in her parents' castle. With her quick wit and her stubborn courage, Cimorene saves the mostly kind dragons from a wicked plot hatched by the local wizards, and worms her way into the hearts of young girls everywhere.
While the characters are sometimes simplistically drawn, adults and children will have fun tracing the sources of the various fairy tales Wrede plunders for her story. Dealing with Dragons is the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and most young readers will want to devour the entire series. (Ages 10 and older) --Claire Dederer
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-- The independent princess has been well established in modern children's books, but there can't be a dandier example than Princess Cimorene. Rangy, curious, energetic, matter-of-fact, she rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done with a happy disregard for the traditions of her role. Although her parents want her to stifle her improper interests in fencing, Latin, and cooking, the princess is not about to be forced into marriage with the vapid prince they have chosen. She throws herself wholeheartedly into a career as a dragon's princess, a respectable role, although not one for which one usually volunteers. As she fends off nosy wizards, helps out hysterical princesses, and turns away determined rescuers, Cimorene makes a firm place for herself in the dragon world. The story is full of excitement, sly references to the staples of fantasy and fairy tales, and good humor. Cimorene is of a sisterhood that includes Menolly, the dragonsinger of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong (Atheneum, 1976); and Avi's Morwenna of Bright Shadow (Bradbury, 1985), but Wrede's delightful voice is all her own. Her previous books have generally been played as YA or even adult fiction, but Cimorene is so much fun that once younger readers discover her here, many will want to search outthe earlier titles. One of these, Talking to Dragons (Ace, 1985) is narrated by Cimorene's son and introduces many of this book's main characters. --Sally T. Margolis, Park Ridge Public Library, IL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I gave Dealing With Dragons a shot after a friend recommended it, and I was hooked. The humor and wit, the clever twists to classic fairy tales, and (especially) the unique and colorful characters made me love reading. I am a slow reader by nature but I powered through the series.
I don't believe in giving 5 star reviews. Everything can be improved upon, everything can be made better some way; but for the life of me I can't think how Dealing With Dragons, and by extension The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, could get much better. That said I am sorely tempted to break my rule and put a 5 on this.
I can not recommend this book enough. I only hope my series becomes your series too.
I have many full cast audio books & it was really cool hearing voices I've heard before in what I assume is one of their first productions.
The quality was not as good as their later stories: the audio quality was tinney, the voice actors were a little too rushed & over-expressive.
Despite these deficiencies the book is not unbearable to listen to & I get so caught up in the story that I stop noticing. Overall I say that it is worth the purchase!
When Cimorene decides she doesn't WANT to marry the prince her parents pick out for her , she runs away to live with the Dragon Kazul, but the wizards are up to no good and it's up to Cimorene to save the day and Kazul.
If you enjoy fantasy at all, do yourself a favor, and read these books.