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There's No Such Thing as a Dragon Paperback – September 8, 2009

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From Publishers Weekly

There's No Such Thing as a Dragon (1975) by Jack Kent, part of the Family Storytime series, relates the charming tale of Billy Bixbee, who awakens to find a dragon "about the size of a kitten" sitting on his bed. The dragon grows by leaps and bounds, until Billy dares to pet the attention-seeking creature and it shrinks back down into an adoring little lap dragon.

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About the Author

Jack Kent has illustrated many children’s book favorites including Golden Books’ Mrs. Mooley, Simon and Schuster’s The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, and Random House’s Jack Kent’s Happy-Ever-After Book.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 0630 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375851372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375851377
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a family therapist, I enjoy recommending this bedtime story for both parents and children wanting to understand why family members, who feel unnoticed or unappreciated, can become so "large" in their behavior. Light, amusing and endearing. Thank you Jack Kent. I regret "Dragon" being out of print.
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Remember back in the day when children's books weren't so literal? (Now we are stuck with issue books: "Daddy has Prostate Cancer!" "The I Hate Broccoli Book!" "Divorce Sure Can Hurt!"). This is one of those books that has some moral instruction to pass along, but dresses it in imaginative clothes. I'm fairly certain that small children won't be thinking about denial or repression when they read it, but something about ignoring the obvious might stick and be available to them later in life. Meanwhile, thank god, it's an amusing book on its own terms.
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This is a book my daughter loved. But there's a message for adults in this little story as well. Acknowlege the dragon(s) in your life, and they will become managable. Ignore (deny) them, and they will become as big as a house.
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I like it but the message at the end is a little confusing. ***Spoiler Alert*** It's about a boy that wakes up to see a dragon and when he tell his mom she says there's no such thing as dragons. So the boy spends the rest of the book trying to ignore the dragon since his mom tells him there's no such thing and it would be funny to believe in something that wasn't really there. The dragon gets larger until it gets so large it fills the house and walks away with it. Then when the dragon gets acknowledged by the family the dragon goes back down to pet size. The moral being that ignoring something just because it's difficult to admit will only make the issue grow out of hand and more difficult to deal with? That's what I'm guessing at least. Like, if you did bad on a test but don't want to tell your parents, well, you still did bad and it will effect your overall grade and your parents will only find out in the end anyways so you might as well tell them upfront. If you wait you will likely be in more trouble and if you tell them right away they can help you and will be more understanding. That's my takeaway from the book but again, it tells this moral in a difficult way that I'm not sure kids will immediately understand without having to explain it. Took me a few reads myself to get to that conclusion.
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Great book for kids with an awesome metaphor of how big our problems get when we don't deal with them. Written in a way that it doesn't seem like a "therapy book" but rather a fun little story about a dragon.
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This was the song that came with the book. It was a sweet little song sung almost like a lullabye. My dad bought the book for me when I was a kid and it had the little 45rpm record tucked into the back cover. I must have played that thousands of times over the years.

Does anyone have that song or the recording? What I wouldnt do to share it with my kids! I loved it as a kid, and, when I read the book to my kids now, I can still hear the record in my head...I just wish I could remember the rest of the words to the song! Please let me know anyone who has it!!!
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I read this story to my son (now in grad. school) countless times, gave the book to others who loved it. Have been unable to find it for some years so when I searched for that title on a whim I was excited to find I can now start sending it as a gift again.
Thanks for having it available.
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Problems grow when they are ignored and everyone wants to be heard are the most basic messages of this great little book. I've used it many times with individual clients of all ages. When I lost my copy I was very glad I could order another. I was afraid it had disappeared.
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