- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First edition (April 30, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0027651800
- ISBN-13: 978-0027651805
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,995,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whinnie The Lovesick Dragon Hardcover – April 30, 1986
From Publishers Weekly
Whinnie the Dragon has fallen in love with Alfred the Knight. But poor Whinnie's love is unrequited. In fact, Alfred goes so far as to whack Whinnie with his sword every chance he gets. With the help of a friendly wizard, whose magic potion comes in the form of a cherry frappe, and a little disciplinary action from Whinnie's Uncle Dragon, there is a happy, surprise ending. The paintings fit the text perfectly. Funny details abound within rich medieval settings; people and animals race out of the colorful, decorative borders, while comical creaturesincluding one who wears a diaper and has a pacifier in his mouthlaze about taking it all in.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3 An amorous dragon pursues a knight in this humorous story set in the Middle Ages. Whinnie's attempts to attract Alfred end in a misunderstanding, and Alfred gives her a whack which sends her fleeing, broken-hearted. When her attempts to distract herself fail, she consults a wizard who changes her into a beautiful and rich princess. Alfred is now interested in her but Whinnie realizes that, with all his boasts about defeating a dragon with one whack, he has become a terrible bore. The wizard reappears and reveals that Alfred was once a dragon himself and changes them both back to dragons. Hearn's illustrations of pen-and-ink and acrylic wash are edged in decorated borders in the style of illuminated manuscripts. Alfred is a wimpish-looking knight with a receding chin, while Whinnie is a feminine-looking green dragon with lavendar tail and eyelashes. The backgrounds contain a marvelously detailed and wittily drawn medieval world filled with real and imaginary animals, comic peasants and well-dressed nobility. The illustrations are more interesting and inventive than the story, but dragon lovers and fans of Mercer Mayer will not mind if it is not his best work.Jean Hammond Zimmerman, Willett School Library, South River, N.J.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.