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Dragons — of all sorts — make for marvelous fun, and this collection of madcap tales is filled with them. Some of the legendary monsters are funny and mischievous, others are downright frightening, and a number of them are wild and unpredictable. There's a dragon made of ice, another that takes refuge in the General Post Office, a scaly creature that carries off the largesDragons — of all sorts — make for marvelous fun, and this collection of madcap tales is filled with them. Some of the legendary monsters are funny and mischievous, others are downright frightening, and a number of them are wild and unpredictable. There's a dragon made of ice, another that takes refuge in the General Post Office, a scaly creature that carries off the largest elephant in a zoo, and even a dragon whose gentle purring comforts a tiny tot.And who challenges these amazing creatures? Why, daring heroes, of course, as well as a wicked prince, and even an entire soccer team — which, unfortunately, meets its fate with a fire-breathing brute that flies out of the pages of an enchanted book.E. (Edith) Nesbit (1858–1924) was one of the pioneers of fantasy fiction for children. Her classic novels — such as The Railway Children and Five Children and It — have remained popular for more than a century. 24 illustrations....

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The Book of Dragons Reviews

  • Donna
    2019-02-24 12:01

    This book, published in 1901, is described as a fantasy classic for children of middle school age, as well as something that will enchant people of all ages. It has eight stories featuring youngsters and dragons who come to cross purposes and clash. And how it ends depends on courage, luck, and much help from the author. I chose this book because I wanted to read something light after a string of heavier books, and because I like imaginative stories with dragons in them. But I failed to see the charm in these stories. And it had nothing to do with this being a children's book and me being an adult. I enjoy reading children's books that are well written and have memorable characters. These stories did not fit that description. They were juvenile and nonsensical, with undeveloped characters in stories that changed direction on a whim, leaving big plot holes in their wake. The girls, for the most part, were written as pretty and sweet, but silly or helpless, and either less than intelligent or treated as if they were. The dragons were mostly rampaging creatures wanting to feed on whatever got in their way with the children bent on stopping them to win the day. And if the children were lucky, they lived happily ever after, after much killing was done, while learning a lesson or two along the way. The biggest problem was, I couldn't find anything magical about most of these stories which I feel might have been written as intentionally silly. But whatever it was that was supposed to be amusing about them was lost on me. Plus, I have my doubts about middle school children finding these stories satisfying or memorable. And there was a lot of violence treated casually in this book, as there often is in fairy tales. Did I enjoy anything about this book? I enjoyed the concepts behind some of the stories, such as in the first tale called "The Book of Beasts" where a young boy finds a magical and potentially dangerous book that was better left closed. But the resolution to the story undid everything good that led up to it, as was the case with so many of these stories. Another story that was very close to a classic fairy tale was "The Island of the Nine Whirlpools." It was my favorite in the bunch. It was about a queen who, more than anything, wanted a baby. So she made a deal with a witch to have one, despite the witch's warning that sorrow would accompany the joy, which indeed it did in a way she never could have imagined. I wish I could recommend this book, but I can't. Classic children's books are wonderful. Winnie the Pooh books are a great example. I'll remember those tales always, unlike those in this book.

  • Debbie Zapata
    2019-03-03 10:07

    Another Literary Birthday Challenge title, The Book of Dragons is a delightful collection of eight short stories by E. Nesbit. I know many people have read and loved her work for years, but this is only the second title of hers I have ever seen. I still find it hard to believe I never discovered her in my youth, but I can always make up for lost time. To paraphrase what used to be written in the unexplored areas of ancient maps, Here There Be Dragons: a red dragon who escapes from a book, a purple dragon who changes life forever in Rotundia, a plague of green dragons with yellow wings, a dragon made of ice, an old white dragon with a beard, a rust-red armored dragon with a furry secret, a shining fiery dragon, and a huge yellow dragon. A couple of these were described aslooking more like worms or centipedes, but they were all called dragons so we shall cut Ms. Nesbit a little slack and accept that they really were all dragons. Competing against the various dragons were such clever children as Edmund (he is a boy who likes to find things out, which is not the same as learning things), Lionel (who really should never have opened that lovely book he found), and more than one Princess: Mary Ann (who loved her little pet rhinos, but most especially loved her tiny elephant), and Sabrinetta (who had a heart of gold). I completely enjoyed these stories: Nesbit's wonderful imagination tickled me more than once. A Prince with a pack of hunting hippos! The real reason for England's famous wet weather! (Which I refuse to reveal even as a spoiler, you'll just have to read it for yourself) The true beginnings of all cats! (Ditto.) If you need to read something light that will make you laugh, cheer, maybe say 'Ick' a time or two, then curl up with your pet elephant (doesn't everyone have one?!) and take a little safari off the edge of the map into Nesbit's dragon lands. And don't be afraid of anything during your journey. Remember the words of our hero Nigel: "My Princess," he said tenderly, "two great powers are on our side: the power of Love and the power of Arithmetic. Those two are stronger than anything else in the world."

  • Megan E. McCarthy
    2019-03-16 07:46

    I first read this book as a little girl-- I think I received it as a birthday present for my 7th birthday, possibly my 8th. It was love, pure and simple. I read it and re-read it, and puzzled over all the strange British details (St. George? Bath buns? Guy Fawkes night???), and just ate it up like it was ice cream. And then I went and grew up and became a normal (ok, normal-ish) person, except that every once in a while, something --a bowl of soggy cereal; a fresh fall of snow as pretty and sparkling as a frosted cake; the shadows cast by a streetlight on a garden at night-- would trigger a memory of that book, and I would be utterly transported back to those first vivid images it planted in my brain ages and ages ago.Not every book I loved as a kid still holds up to rereading as an adult. Surprise surprise, right? But this one does. I first rediscovered it about 5 years ago, and it was like, I don't even know. Like I'd found that girl I was best friends with in kindergarden, but she moved to Georgia and I never got her address, and so I thought I'd never see her again, but then I DID, and she was even cooler than I remembered, and we became best friends all over again. It was like that. I can't even write about this book without wanting to read it all over again.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-19 07:09

    I reread this every decade or so, and love it every time. Yay, it's now on Project Gutenberg so I can reread it again any time, and pass on my paperback to another reader.Yes it's old-fashioned, but free from the pretensions and stuffiness that one tends to associate with that word. Yes, it's charming, almost twee - but, like the tales of Beatrix Potter, for example The Tale of Ginger and Pickles, it's got plenty of mischief and satire. Far and away my favorite Nesbit, and probably my favorite depictions of dragons."The nine rubies were used afterwards in agriculture. You had only to throw them out into a field if you wanted it plowed. Then the whole surface land turned itself over in its anxiety to get rid of something so wicked, and in the morning the field was found to plowed as thoroughly as any young man at Oxford."

  • Siddharth Chakravarthy
    2019-03-13 05:58

    Considering the fact that this book came out nealry a century ago, it wasn't a bad read. In fact I'm pretty impressed with the simplicity of the language which makes it easy for the reader to follow the stories. Kids who love fantasy ie. Dragons, Princess and stuff would find this book to be amusing.

  • C.P. Cabaniss
    2019-03-08 03:49

    *I received an audio copy of this book through Audioboom. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*I don't know what didn't work for me in this. Some of the ideas were interesting, I just wasn't that thrilled by how things were handled. This was intended for children, I believe, so some of the issues with story telling might just be that I prefer stories written for an older audience. Each story deals with a dragon. Usually the characters have to kill the dragon to escape or trick the dragon into being locked away. It has a lighthearted fairy tale feel in most of the stories. Wven when bad things happen (like getting turned to stone or having your hands burned off) there is always a way to fix it. The audio was well done, the stories just didn't work that well for me.

  • C.J. Stunkard
    2019-03-14 08:02

    I discovered this book on Kindle but unfortunately let it sit on my digital bookshelf for 18 months gathering bytedust (if there is such a thing). When I finally made the time to read it, I was very glad I did. Granted, I had thought it was a non-fiction book outlining all the various dragon myths of the world, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it was much more. The Book of Dragons is a fun series of kid-friendly and humorous short stories about children and their misadventures with large, cumbersome, and problematic dragons. The book has been around for some time (over 100 years), but it contains a timeless quality that both engages the imagination and creates a sense of wonder. The writing is wonderful, and the sentiments, refreshing.I wish I had read the Book of Dragons as a Child (or had it read to me), and I plan to share it with parents of youngsters I know, as well as my own children should I have them some day.

  • Deidre(Dee) ~ Official Bookworm ~
    2019-02-28 06:53

    Enjoyable fantasy story of dragons, and boys.

  • Anita
    2019-03-01 10:59

    You know that feeling of excitement you got when reading fantasy books for the first time as a little kid? This book will totally give you that feeling again! Edith Nesbit wrote these eight dragon stories over 100 years ago, and they are absolutely meant for children, yet they're written with such warmth & wit I found myself laughing out loud many times. There's a story about a dragon escaping from a book, a dragon at the north pole, a dragon who eats an entire village in one gulp, a dragon banished to the bottom of the ocean.... and each story features a very brave boy or girl who saves the day. Utterly & completely charming.

  • Claudia
    2019-03-03 10:41

    A charming collection of children stories featuring dragons and not only, with great teachings at the end of each. I gave it only 3 stars because I read it (obviously) too late but I can appreciate the thrill a child will have by reading /listening it.

  • Alina
    2019-02-28 06:43

    Ohhh, while reading this, I could imagine a gentle grandma from the ~20s UK telling her grandchild/grandchildren nice little dragon stories, punctuated with teachings and (English) humor.It definitely stroke a chord with me (even if the stories are - naturally! - childish).

  • La La
    2019-03-27 10:47

    These stories are written in classic fairytale style and wrapped up in Wonderland hijinx with a side of Gulliver's adventures. I listened to the audiobook.I was supplied with a review audiobook via Audiobook Boom.

  • Jefferson
    2019-02-24 10:44

    In The Book of Dragons (1900) E. Nesbit tells eight humorous and imaginative fairy tales about dragons set in modern England or fairy tale kingdoms, all with a modern perspective that both subverts and enjoys the genre. In addition to a variety of dragons (with different sizes, colors, personalities, abilities, and so on), Nesbit writes engagingly about other creatures, from magical ones (cockatrice, manticore, etc.) to non-magical ones (elephants, rabbits, etc.). Wizards and witches, princes and princesses appear, too, as well as modern children, usually in brother and sister pairs. In the first story, "The Book of Beasts," a little boy becomes king and looks in a magical tome whose illustrated creatures escape into the real world when their page is opened, with unforeseen results."Uncle James, or the Purple Stranger" takes place in the island nation of Rotundia, where small animals like rabbits are large and large animals like elephants tiny, and features a princess, a gardener's boy, a wicked uncle, and a purple dragon.In "The Deliverers of Their Country," Effie and her brother Harry decide to do something about a plague of green dragons, and we learn why England's climate is so wet and cool. In "The Ice Dragon, or Do as You Are Told," George (who compares things to lampposts and ramrods and the like) and his little sister Jane (who compares them to dream lilies and fairy spears) slide to the sublime North Pole, encountering a sportsman, a butterfly collector, a band of spiteful sealskin dwarfs, and a terrible and beautiful ice dragon, all because they disobey their parents."The Island of the Nine Whirlpools" centers comically and movingly on the two greatest powers in the world: the power of Love and the power of Arithmetic."The Dragon Tamers" presents a mysterious dungeon, a rusty plate-armored dragon, a blacksmith, his son and his son's girlfriend (the daughter of the whitesmith), a dishonest mayor, a lot of bread and milk, and the beginning of cats.In "The Fiery Dragon, or the Heart of Stone and the Heart of Gold," Princess Sabrinetta and the pig keeper Elfin (and his seventy and five sleek, black, and devoted pigs) deal with the evil Prince Tiresome and a very hot dragon.The last story, "Kind Little Edmund, or The Caves and the Cockatrice," depicts the dangers and benefits of having an inquiring mind.Many of the stories criticize the human weaknesses of seeing only what we believe is real and of understanding and explaining the world in a grown-up, rational and factual way. Nesbit's narrator is a special kind of grown-up, one who is whole-heartedly on the side of children. She addresses the child reader as "you" with clever and warm regularity as she explains, confesses, advises, reveals, and jokes. She likes children who are naughty but good-natured, who disobey but are curious, imaginative, kind-hearted, and loving. Nesbit writes many vivid, humorous, striking, or beautiful similes. One dragon's "claws were as long as lessons and as sharp as bayonets." Another dragon cries with rage "like twenty engines all letting off steam at the top of their voices inside Cannon Street Station." The Northern Lights look like "as if the fairies were planting little shining baby poplar trees and watering them with liquid light." And "when the Dragon saw them start, he turned and flew after them, with his great wings flapping like clouds at sunset, and the Hippogriff's wide wings were snowy as clouds at moonrise."And she writes many lines that are a pleasure to read--here are a few:"This sort of hide-and-seek amused people at first, but by-and-by it began to get on their nerves: and if you don't know what that means, ask Mother to tell you next time you are playing blind man's buff when she has a headache." "There is one thing I should rather like. But it's hard to get in my trade [being a witch]. . . . I should like some one to love me.""Even the lords of the castle in the good old times had never known where those steps led to, but every now and then they would kick a prisoner down the steps in their lighthearted, hopeful way, and sure enough, the prisoners never came back.""Then John rummaged among the heap of old iron and found there some heavy chains and a great collar that had been made in the days when men sang over their work and put their hearts into it, so that the things they made were strong enough to bear the weight of a thousand years, let alone a dragon." "Here another pig put its black nose in at the door, and then another and another, till the room was full of pigs, a surging mass of rounded blackness, pushing and struggling to get at Elfin, and grunting softly in the language of true affection." "It [school] is such a waste of time," said he. "They only know what everybody knows. I want to find out new things that nobody has thought of but me."The stories in The Book of Dragons are rarely scary, occasionally moving, often beautiful, and always witty. Children and adults should enjoy them.

  • R.
    2019-03-11 06:02

    This book is a collection of stories on dragon, some princesses, and a few evil uncles. However, they aren't the cliched, cold porridge plots we typically think of. Nesbitt has such a charming, informal way of writing. I fell in love with her style in the first two sentences. The main thing I didn’t like was that in two stories there’s a witch/wizard who is considered good. Also, she doesn't always take a stand against disobedient/dishonest children. She condemns their actions verbally but the plot line doesn’t reinforce that.If you like short, fresh fairytales you’ll want to read this. It would probably make a fun family read-out-loud (especially if there’s younger (as ages 3-9) kids around).Favorite quotes:“He was a strange man; a very good King he was, but he had his faults—he was fond of books.”“Even if you know perfectly well that you can't do your lessons, you may as well try, and sometimes you find that by some fortunate accident they really are done.”

  • M
    2019-03-15 11:10

    This is a cute little collection of stories about dragons. There's a nice range of dragons here, in terms of color and type, from a classic red fire-breather to a dragon made of ice to a few that really follow the old term "wurm" for dragon. Of course, all of the dragons are rather nasty, but that's to be expected from Western dragons, especially in a book written a hundred years ago. Friendly dragons are, at least in some ways, a more recent trend. In terms of genre, there's a mix of fairy tales and just so stories, along with one or two stories that are set in contemporary times. I don't think I've ever read this book before, and yet I did recognize the one about the plague of dragons bothering England. I distinctly remember loving the idea of the Universal Taproom when I was a kid. There are some other imaginative ideas here, including a book of beasts that can bring the beasts to life, and an island where the size of everything is reversed from normal because it spun the wrong way around when the world was born. There was one story I wish had a self-saving princess, because it seemed ripe for that sort of thing, and I'm tempted to try writing a riff on it as a result. All in all, this was a fun way to while away a few hours, and I'm sure any kid who's a fan of dragons would love this collection.

  • Susan
    2019-03-16 04:58

    This charming collection of children’s tales all center around dragons of one ilk or another. Each story can be read as a stand alone. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to and reviewing two of these stories previously and when I saw that he narrator had 8 stories in one collection, I couldn’t resist. I know it would be good stuff and I wasn’t disappointed. These stories are great for kids and fun for adults too.The Book of Beasts – This is one of the stories I have previously listened to and reviewed. It was just as good the second time around. The child king Lionel finds a book once owned by one of his distant grandsires. Like all good kids, he plays with it and sets a giant butterfly free. He’s warned not to do so again, but he releases yet another fantastical critter (a bird of paradise), and then another (the dragon!), which threatens his kingdom and he must make it right again. A hippogriff and manticore come into play too! 5/5Uncle James – This story was so cute and it was mostly because there are cute little dog-sized elephants! Who doesn’t want a pet elephant that can snuggle on your lap and eat popcorn while you watch Flight of the Dragons? This tale takes place in Rotundia where all the sizes are backwards and a dragon has shown up that wants a princess as a present. Now this isn’t your typical ‘save the princess from the dragon’ story, as young Tom found out. By the way, keep your eye on Uncle James. He may not be trustworthy! 5/5The Deliverers of Their Country – This was my favorite out of all the stories. It starts with young Effie getting something in her eye and that something is a teensy tiny dragon! Go ahead, squeal in love and excitement. I know I did. Who doesn’t want to adopt such a little dragon? However, these small dragons keep popping up throughout the land and they are starting to wreak havoc. Now Effie and her friend Harry have to find a way to reduce the number of dragons. It’s a clever solution to an over-population problem. 6/5The Ice Dragon – Imagine North Pole dwarves dressed in seal skin. Now toss in an ice dragon. Lastly, make room for two adventurous kids, George and Jane, who just wanted to see the Northern Lights. things go ever so wrong. This story was actually a little gruesome because it has a bit of a body count. It’s not gory but I was a little surprised at little bit of darkness that crept into this story. Still, it was clever and the kids survive, so all’s well. 5/5The Island of the Nine Whirlpools – This was an interesting one. A childless Queen goes to an old witch begging for a child and the witch takes her jewels and uses them to whip up a baby girl. The Queen is totally satisfied but the King wanted a boy. So obviously, that makes a wedge between the couple. When the daughter reaches a certain age, he banishes her to an island that is protected by big beasties, like a dragon. Her mother, the Queen, and the witch both make sacrifices to make it possible for her to one day be rescued. I liked that the story hinged upon the love for an old crone. However, the princess to be rescued seemed rather daft to me, which I didn’t really care for. 4/5The Fiery Dragon – This is the second story in this collection that gives a nod to St. George, a famous dragon slayer. Granddaughter Sabrinetta has got some skills on her which is a good thing because her unscrupulous cousin, Prince Tiresome, tosses her out of the dragon-proof tower to deal with the fiery dragon. Luckily she has a great friend, Elfin the pigkeeper, who can help her. That’s another thing I really like about these stories – so often there’s a ‘commoner’ that is essential to solving whatever dragon issue there is. 5/5The Dragon Tamers – This had a little steampunky feel to it. John is a blacksmith and he and his wife have a new baby that cries often and loudly. Yet even with that intermittent noise, John has noticed an odd sound coming from the basement. He finally has to go down there for coal and he meets this dragon that needs rivets to repair his wing. The dragon isn’t shy about telling John what he plans to do once his wing is repaired: eat all the people including John and his family. Now John has to outsmart this dragon and that loud baby gets to play a key role in the subterfuge. It was clever and fun. 5/5Kind Little Edmond – This is the second story I had the privilege to enjoy previously. This is the tale of young Edmond, who was filled to the brim with curiosity, so much so that he often irritated his elders. But not his loving and doting grandmother. Edmond decides to explore the nearby mountains and hears some very odd sounds. He meets and helps a mythical beast, a manticore, who rewards him by telling him magnificent tales. This was a great little tale and I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed this one as the tale has this underlying current about the value of learning things for oneself. 5/5The Last of the Dragons – This great little story turns the typical princess + dragon + prince story on it’s head. Tradition requires the princess to be rescued from the dragon by a prince. However, this princess would much rather rely on her own fencing skills. The dragon isn’t too thrilled about the idea of coming out, threatening a nice young lady, and then being slain for the sake of tradition. This prince is up for doing something different. Why should he have to do all the hard work? It’s a great story to finish out the book. 5/5I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobook Worm.The Narration: Karen Krause does such a lovely job with this classic. Her little kid voices are so believable yet she is also great at doing grumpy elderly characters as well. Her voices for the various beasts are also fun. You can tell that she enjoyed narrating these tales as much as I enjoyed listening to them. Great performance all around!

  • Jessica
    2019-02-25 05:42

    Very original, bite-sized stories featuring dragons of all sorts. All are directed to children but there's plenty of sly winking for their parents. Highlights: a trip to the arctic to free the ice dragon curled around the north pole, a witch joining forces with the queen she cursed to take down a lousy husband, and all of England being pummeled with tiny dragons on account of especially sunny weather.

  • Cynthia Egbert
    2019-03-11 08:44

    "The dragon had bags of gold for everyone so now they were rich. Indeed everyone was rich, and there were no more poor people in the town. And they all got rich without working, which is very wrong; but the dragon had never been to school, as you have, so he knew no better."E. Nesbit never ceases to delight and impress. These eight stories are some of the most fun I have had in a long time.

  • Trace
    2019-03-10 03:54

    Luke's review: This was a book of stories about several different dragons. My favorite chapter was called the Dragon Tamers and it was about a wild dragon whose wings were iron and when he became tame, he turned into a very large cat.

  • Theresa
    2019-03-24 07:47

    Jenny and I very much enjoyed reading this book together. I read a chapter a day and she couldn't wait until it was time for her next Dragon story. I have to admit I felt the same way! Interesting and atypical stories, charming language, great book.

  • Shiloah
    2019-02-25 06:09

    Read as a family. I loved this book! I have a fondness for her writing. She talks of the mother nursing her baby, the dragon curls up after eating the city like your cat curls up after eating a mouse. Cute, cute!

  • Alysia
    2019-03-27 05:02

    We loved this book! It had the kids and mom and dad rolling on the floor laughing in spots, and totally engrossed. Such a fun read.

  • Angelica
    2019-03-03 10:56

    2,5 *

  • Nicholas Clinch
    2019-03-22 09:46

    We listened to this at bedtime, read by Laurie Ann Walden on Librivox. Her voice made it a lovely winding-down drive after a very busy weekend.

  • Lilac Mohr
    2019-03-23 07:41

    E. Nesbit is a master story-teller. Each one of the eight dragon stories in this book is unique and creative. Our entire family loved it!

  • Elena Alvarez Dosil
    2019-03-07 10:50

    Review originally published at: received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Karen Krause. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.This is a collection of nine tales about dragons written by Edith Nesbit, and first published in 1899. Dragons are not necessarily the key in these tales. In most cases it is just an evil figure to fight against, but the main characters are others, usually children.Most of the tales show a great amount of imagination, but in some cases some things did not make a lot of sense (an island with an opposite rotation to Earth's, and that making animals to be the wrong size, for instance). I disliked the condescending tone, and wrong affirmations delivered as universal truths (all magicians are bad).I had more issues with this book. I do not mind reading old books, but I am not sure if a book like this would be adequate for children nowadays. It is incredibly old-fashioned in many senses: children are constantly slapped and caned, and girls are usually described as helpless and silly,  only good for domestic tasks. As an adult I understand that it was a different time with different customs, but a child may not realize this. Usually I am not keen on adaptations, but in a case like this I think it would be necessary, if the reader is going to be a young kid.The book gives great importance to the fact of being a princess or a prince. And in one of the tales a young boy is constantly disciplined just for having an inquiring mind. Again, I understand it is quite normal for a book from that time, but these are not the principles and ideas I would like to transmit to our children. Tales about learning, equality, fairness, and feminism are much more important to my eyes.Karen Krause's narration was very good, delivering different voices and interpreting the characters well. The fact that I did not enjoy the book does not have anything to do with her narration, and I would definitely would like to listen to her other books.

  • Marcie
    2019-03-13 06:58

    E. Nesbit has written about forty books in her lifetime. She is credited with influencing authors like J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), C.S. Lewis (Narnia Chronicles), and P.L Travers (Mary Poppins). I have read several books by Nesbit, but The Book of Dragons was a first for me. I was also thrilled that this is an audiobook review, since I thought it would be a great listen as well.The Book of Dragons is made up of eight short stories that feature dragons. These dragons aren't particularly nice. Mostly they're trying to destroy towns or eat them for a midday snack. The children in these stories must find a way to defeat the dragons or all is lost. Of course, the children are ill-equipped at first and are sometimes the reason the dragons come in the first place, but like all stories, there must be a little trouble at first.I liked some stories more than others, and even though Nesbit wrote The Book of Dragons in 1901, it still reads as if it could have been written more recently. This is one of those books that I think is better when you listen on audio. Karen Krouse does a superb job as the narrator. She's a dragon, a child, an old lady and she gives the characters such individuality that you almost don't know it's the same person.I'm so glad I had the opportunity to explore another book by E. Nesbit. She's a wonderful writer for young children.Read more at

  • Kay Kuever
    2019-03-03 09:07

    My love of reading stems from reading children’s stories when I was a little kid. This collection of fairy tales involving dragons brought me right back to the many times my parents would catch me reading with a flashlight way past my bedtime.Each story by Nesbit was filled with so much imagination. These aren’t the typical Disney adapted fairy tales that we’re used to. They are filled with dragons of all shapes and sizes, mischievous children, evil uncles and princesses with tiny elephants. Each story had me giggling as I let my own imagination run rampant with each short story. This collection is perfect for book-loving parents to read aloud to their kids. These stories have truly stood the test of time.Krause does any amazing job playing the role of narrator. She gives an extra piece of flair to Nesbit’s already unique writing style. I really enjoyed the variety of voices she used.

  • Melissa Hayden
    2019-03-25 06:10

    *I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.Karen voices the story as one would reading to a young child, which is expected being the book is for children. She makes it sound fun with voicing the characters in different tones to fit their stature. I found I really enjoyed Karen's narration. She felt as though she was into the stories as she read to the children.All stories are about 30-40 minutes long.I had forgotten how far stretched children's stories were. They make me smile and shake my head at times, but they are enjoyable.The Book of BeastsYoung Lionel becomes king. As a child himself, he wants a book read to him at bed. He finds The Book of Beasts in the library and is drawn out of curiosity to read it. A library full of books that his great-great-great-great-great grandfather filled, and was also thought to be a wizard. When Lionel opens the book, he's surprised to see the creatures come to life, even the one on the third page that could be very dangerous.This feels like a great story to open with. Lionel is young and just learning the way of the world and he makes a mistake, but learns to be responsible from it. Also, it introduces us to the first dragon.Uncle James, or the Purple StrangerWhen the one and only dog barks all night, Tom goes out to investigate. Tom finds a large purple dragon licking his wounded wing.This is cute with the animals that are of opposite sizes we know them to be. There is a reason, history, given as to why which is quickly given. This history becomes a very important thing in this story at the end.I rolled my eyes at the princess kissing Tom and how Tom had all the answers. But the story was still cute in it's world creation for children.The Deliverers of Their CountryDragons appear, of all sizes and take over the land. Though, they don't like the chill of night so the people adjust their living to sleep during day and come out at night. Until Effie and Harry want to find the dragon slayer of legend, during the afternoon.Listening in order, I think this is my favorite story. Effie is more present in the actions against the dragons. Also, the story is a way to describe the reason for London's weather condition. I very much like the Tap Room.The Ice Dragon, or Do As You Are ToldJane and George see the Northern Lights and Jane wants to go see them up close. Walking across the grass, as they are told not to do, they head out on their long journey to the north pole. When they arrive they find trouble. But have made friends along the way who help.You never know when you'll need a helping hand. Always help those around you when you are out, it could come back to help you. Jane and George help animals that are in unnecessary danger due to other humans, and those animals make a difference when Jane and George need it most.The Island of the Nine WhirlpoolsReturning from the witch's home, the Queen finds the baby she wanted. However, the King is not happy as they were given a Princess and not a Prince, as he wanted. When the Princess is old enough, she is locked away, awaiting the clever prince to find her.This was a cute story. I liked the idea of how babies are brought to kings and queens here. Not by a stork but by a witch. But what I really liked is what the mother does to stay with her daughter. This is dear. And the witch is not portrayed as an evil one, but as a good one.This story also shows how math is important to figure when the best time to rescue the princess.The Fiery Dragon, or the Heart of Stone and the Heart of GoldThe princess's cruel cousin rules the land until she's of age. She's taken everything from her and she lives in the dragon proof tower, watching the land. On May Day she sees a dragon by the woods. When the children go in to pick their flowers, they come running out screaming. The cruel prince makes his way to kill the dragon.This has a princess that has a great idea to help with ridding the kingdom of the terrible dragon. But she's also one that gives love so easily.It's a neat twist on the dragon's at night and how to remove it from the land. It kind of explains the hot whirlpools that steam too.The Dragon TamersJohn's a blacksmith in a town with a well known blacksmith already. Working in the ruins of a castle he finds a dragon in the dungeon one day. The dragon needs the help of a blacksmith.This story tells how a dragon changes to a... I can't say. You have to listen to see where this domesticated animal comes from.This story was a little slow for me. I didn't seem to enjoy it as much as the others, not that it's bad just not as the others were.Kind Little Edmund, or the Caves and the CockatriceEdmund is an inquisitive young boy. He walks in the mountains by the caves where others won't because of strange noises. He created a lantern to take with him to investigate the caves, to learn what the strange noises were.This one's okay too. Edmund is the type of child to question everything, and has a creative mind. I like that about him.The Last of the DragonsDragons have grown rare for princesses to find and be rescued from. One dragon remains and the princess proposes that she save a prince from the dragon instead of being saved.Aaaah. This is the story I was waiting for. I love the Princess in this story. And I love the way it ended. It's even better than I'd hoped.These stories are all told as the old princess and dragon tales are told. Princess is in trouble and she's helped. Though, there are a few places where the princesses show they have brains and spark the ending of the story. I like that they have a glimmer of knowledge and use it.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-10 08:45

    (3.5 stars) Eight tales featuring dragons are featured in this collection by the classic children’s writer, E. Nesbit. The tales range from a menacing dragon that comes out of the pages of a book, a journey to the North Pole and an ice dragon, and a princess who is kept on an island with a griffin and a dragon and how a young sailor figures out how to rescue her.Another tale has an invasion of dragons in England, from tiny to large that leads two children to find a unique solution which ends up with a unique explanation of the wet weather in England. The tales are charming and clever; this one for anyone who loves dragons and fairy tales.