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The Book Dragon


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Kell Andrews has been a book seller, library assistant, editor, and writer. Her books include Mira Forecasts the Future (Sterling) and Deadwood (Spencer Hill Press). She lives with her husband and daughters near Philadelphia.

Eva Chatelain studied illustration in Paris and is the illustrator of The Friendship Garden series of chapter books. She lives in Beaumont-Le-Roger, France.


"Books are banned and kids are bored in this charming fairy tale about the origin of libraries. In the medieval-looking village of Lesser Scrump, the schoolmaster does his best to teach reading by scrawling letters on tree bark, slate, or leaves as the children look dejectedly on. One girl, Rosehilda, has a brilliant idea: Why not use paper and ink on pieces of paper and put them together as stories? She learns this idea is outrageous because the village has long been terrorized by the Book Dragon, who swoops down on any stray book and carries it back to her lair. Undeterred, and in true fairy-tale style, Rosehilda obtains a forbidden, dangerous item (a book); is visited by a fearsome creature (the dragon); and then confronts the dragon in her lair. The watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations are soft and lush; the comic ending, with the reformed dragon deciding to convert her book hoard into a lending library, is perfect; and Rosehilda makes a strong heroine." --BooklistOnline.com

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