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The Dragon's Eye: Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One by [Steer, Dugald A.]
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From School Library Journal

Grade 5—8—Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (2003) and The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons (2005, both Candlewick) are purported to be guides written by Dr. Ernest Drake, one of Victorian-era Britain's foremost dragonologists. Steer, their real author, has now written the first of a series of novels about Dr. Drake as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Daniel Cook, one of his apprentices. In 1882, Daniel and his older sister are unaware that their mother and father are dragonologists working in India for the colonial government. The children are at first disappointed when they are shipped directly from their boarding school to Dr. Drake's-they had been promised a summer holiday with their parents-but the eccentric man introduces them to their first dragons and they're soon hooked on the "science." A sinister rival, Ignatius Crook, hopes to claim a gem, the Dragon's Eye, that would give him powers over the dragons of the British Isles, and Drake and his crew are determined to stop him. Soon Drake, Daniel, and Beatrice are journeying all over the nation by train and boat and on dragonback to track down the precious stone. This book will be lots of fun for fans of the beautifully illustrated "Dragonology" titles, but as a work of fantasy, it is merely average. The art, critical in a work like this one, is unspectacular; several of the adult characters, in particular Crook, are stereotypes; and the young protagonists lack depth.—Walter Minkel, New York Public Library
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After success with such imaginative books as the Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology (2003) and the Dragonology Handbook (2005), Steer is launching the Dragonology Chronicles, a series of adventures based on the purportedly nonfiction writings of the eccentric dragonologist, Dr. Ernest Drake. This first entry is narrated by 12-year-old Daniel Cook, who, along with his sister, Beatrice, is sent to a school run by Dr. Drake, where the youngsters pursue the secret study of dragons. Mysterious happenings lead the children to accompany the doctor on a search for the Dragon's Eye, the key to the fate of all the dragons, which is being sought by the evil Ignatious Crook. Steer infuses the exciting story with the flavor of a nineteenth-century novel and incorporates some of the equipment, spells, and dragon lore found in his earlier books. Dragon lovers will be well pleased. Sally Estes
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1882 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763659991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659998
  • ASIN: B007PVOGRU
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Format: Hardcover
As I read THE DRAGON'S EYE, I kept getting a feeling of deja vu. It took a while to figure out why, but then it came to me. THE DRAGON'S EYE reminded me a little of the SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS books. There was that familiar emphasis on conducting research, and recording findings in little notebooks, and solving problems. Only instead of three orphans dodging Count Olaf, THE DRAGON'S EYE focuses on a brother and sister trying to escape the evil designs of the inferior dragonologist, Ignatius Crook. Unfortunately, this one didn't have the same humor in it that I enjoyed so much in the SOUE books.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about THE DRAGON'S EYE. In the plus column, the novel was heavy on dragons of various types. They all have names and unique personalities. Also, it had an element of boy versus girl competition that seemed to resolve itself reasonably well.

On the other hand, the frequent references to dragon diaries and research methods disrupted the action. Doubtless that was the point -- to identify the importance of learning about a subject before jumping into it and conducting a poor study. But still, the execution was a little heavy-handed for my taste.

For young dragon lovers, this would probably be a popular title. I emphasize the word "young." THE DRAGON'S EYE seems geared to a younger audience than many of the books reviewed here at TeensReadToo. My 14-year-old son read it, too, and he was disappointed because it definitely felt "too young" for him. But for budding fantasy lovers who can't get enough dragons, this one has the potential to be a winner.

Reviewed by: K. Osborn Sullivan
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A Kid's Review on November 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a dream come true,i love the dragonology books and things but my mum wants me to read a more sufisticated book than some fun picture book (i was angry when she named my fav book a stupid picture book)but now i can roll both my passion of dragonology with my mums passion of me read big books. Thank you so much Dr.Drake for helping me out.

A must for all dragonoloigists wannabes like me.

:)
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My granddaughter loves the mystical and mythical. Last Christmas I got her a number of Wizard items and this year I'm doing Dragons. This is just one of those items. I read a couple of pages just to see if it was going to be at her level and I think she will have no trouble with it. This is a gift for a 12 year old. She read just at her age level. I also think that it grabbed the reader within the first few pages so that she will want to go on with it which is important in any book, but more-so for a young reader. There are very few illustrations in the book, but the front cover is really pretty and I have ordered her the Dragonology book anyway, so she will have that to look at. This the first book in a series of drag books to go with the "OLOGY" series.
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A Kid's Review on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This new Dragonology book is the best! I've loved the older picture books, but this gives you more information and it auctually has a story! I CAN'T WAIT UNTILL THE NEXT ONE COMES OUT! I seriously recomend this book to anyone who loves dregons as much as me!
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This book is a flight of fantasy, romping through post Victorian England. While spending the summer at an old professor's home in the country. A brother and sister have lots of adventures discovering the secret life of dragons.The Dragon's Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One (Ologies)
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I ordered this for my youngest son (12) for Christmas ! He loves the rest of the Ology books and had been waiting to read this series as well ! I had to sneak a peek in this book and to be honest this would even be something I would enjoy reading as well ! Great Price for a GREAT BOOK ! I will be ordering more very soon !
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Plot

The plot of this book is pretty simple and would be very easy for children to read, but adults will enjoy it as well. Daniel and Beatrice are siblings who, when their parents cannot come home after 4 years as expected, they are taken under the care of Dr. Drake (a family friend). Daniel and Beatrice have no idea what they are doing there and are not sure about it first, but a short time later they realize they are going to be going to school (taught by Dr. Drake) to learn about dragons! How exciting! I wish I could go!

The first 120 pages or so spends time with Daniel and Beatrice before and during classes. We learn about dragonology as they learn about it, first by going out into the field and doing some observations. All of these observations must be kept in their journal. There are plenty of other things that the children get to learn, but I don't want to give it all away. Even though this consumes half the book it is still very interesting because we get to meet a couple of interesting dragons while learning all about dragonology. It moves at a great pace and I never found any part to be uninteresting because it was so fascinating. Any child you adores dragons will love this!

The second half of the book begins their adventure! Daniel, Beatrice, and Dr. Drake have to stop Ignatius from recovering the Dragon's Eye. There is plenty of action, interesting scenes, lots of dragons, and they encounter many problems along the way. For a children's book it moves at a great pace, but I would have preferred it to be a bit more detailed and move more slowly but children may not prefer this.

I thought the ending was great!
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