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A Dragon's Work Is Never Done (Children's Picture Book) (The Alfie's Sandwich Series) Kindle Edition
|Length: 64 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Top Customer Reviews
Six-year-old Alfie is busy playing with his train set one afternoon when his mother interrupted him to come wash his hands and sit at the table to eat his lunch. She had prepared for him a ham and cheese sandwich slathered with mustard, and she warned him to take small bites and chew carefully. But, Alfie took a “great big whopping bite” and … ohhhh … spicy hot! When he took a deep breath of air out came smoke, just like smoke from a dragon’s nostrils, followed by flames when he burped! He had toasted the top of his cheese and ham sandwich!
The author, Stephanie Barrett, built such a fun story from there. The kitchen in which Alfie was sitting changed, with grass and tree branches growing out of everywhere and right up through the ceiling and out the roof. He was sitting in a forest. When Alfie looked up he saw dragons flying across the sky!
Now, what child wouldn’t love to meet a friendly dragon? Even now I think I would love it. But this adventure was for Alfie, and what an exciting adventure he had! He learned to fly, and helped a dragon scare a princess, guard treasure, and many other interesting things. The dragon always received payment from the people he helped, but I won’t dish out that spoiler. :)
A Dragon’s Work is Never Done is not the usual 32-page picture book, so it is a little long for young readers but should keep them interested easily. The marvellous illustrations by Taryn Dufault complement the story with wonderful visuals.
An added highlight is at the end of the book. There is a Florida postal address with an invitation to write to Marty (the dragon) or Alfie. From reviews I’ve read they do send handwritten replies to the children who write to them. Imagine a letter from a dragon; how cool is that!
After we read it we went on the swingset in his backyard, and while he was swinging he kept saying he felt like Alfie when he was flying though space with Marty (there's a part where they go into space and meet an astronaut) and he kept mentioning parts from the book while he played.
I think this would be a great book for any kid who is into this sort of thing, like dragons, knights, princesses, astronauts, pirates, and so on. My nephew has a great imagination and I think any kid like that will have a fun time with this story.
The author writes for children, but there were several new words my kindergarten-aged daughter learned--a great teaching opportunity. It was a pleasure, too, for us to enjoy the excellent illustrations, which really helped to bring the story to life. The book is apparently the first of a series and I will be looking for the next one when it becomes available.
Illustrated colorful children's book about a boy's imagination. He sits down to eat and he imagines the mustard has flaming fizzy power like a dragon. Starts out where the boy is assembling a train track and I can totally picture my 7 year old grandson doing this and other things the book is talking about.
He describes what it feels like.
When he lets out a burp it toast the top of his sandwich!
The kitchen turns into a forest and the dragon tells him how to get up to where he is at.
They teach Alfie how to do their jobs: scare a princess, guard the jewels, and other jobs cause a dragon's work is never done.
After all of their work is done they enjoy a special treat and then he has to head home where he finds an amazing thing has happened.
There are other sandwich books available...
I haven't actually tried it yet, but there's a real address at the end of the book where you can send letters to Marty and Alfie! My grand daughter was VERY adamant about copying down the address. We haven't had a chance to yet, and I don't really know what to expect, but if we get anything back after we do it I'll update the review.
The story already gets a kid's imagination going, and then being able to write to Alfie and Marty puts it over the top. All in all a great book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Might be a great book, but the words aren't on the same page with teh picutres thus it never holds the attention of my 2 year old so we have never made it past the first 2-3 pages... Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by UBizz
It's a joy to follow Alfie as he travels through different places and time periods, all beautifully illustrated by Taryn Dufault. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by Elizabeth Bolling
My two granddauthers, aged 5 and 8, love to read this book. It's on the longer side, but it's fast paced and moves through different "mini" adventures quickly which keeps my... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Retired Grammy
Well written and illistrated, with little stories within the story. Entertaining enough to keep a little girl who doesn't read captivated. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by papaw
Good book for children ages 6 and older... I enjoyed this story book very much... will be reading it again to my granddaughterPublished on January 11, 2013 by T. Mills
My 3 (almost 4) year old daughter really enjoyed this story, and is excited there are more stories in the Alfie's Sandwich Stories series. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Tinkerbell's Mom
This is a great book that my kindergartener really loved. It is a creative and fun story with LOTS of great pictures. Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by Timothy
A Dragon's Work is Never Done is adorable and is a great book to both read to your kids or, if they are old enough, read on their own. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Amy M
As a special education teacher I am always looking for books that are a pleasure for me to read and can capture and hold the attention of my students. Read morePublished on October 14, 2012 by kbsweet
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