Born into a family of fire-breathing dragons, Crispin has been looking forward to his seventh birthday. He expects to light the candles on his cake with his first flames, but whipped cream comes out instead. During a doctorÃ¢ÂÂs visit, Band-Aids shoot from CrispinÃ¢ÂÂs mouth. When he encounters Sir George, a nervous young knight sent out to slay a fire-breathing dragon, Crispin can manage only bubbles. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Their fathers meet in a fiery confrontation, but Crispin saves the day and others recognise his special gift. Clearly expressing the charactersÃ¢ÂÂ emotions through exaggeration, BowersÃ¢ÂÂ colourful acrylic paintings capture the comic absurdity as well as the drama of the story. A Canadian writer and storyteller, Bar-el creates an entertaining and comforting tale aimed at children who long to be appreciated for what they can do, even if itÃ¢ÂÂs not exactly what their parents were expecting. Preschool-Grade 2. --Phelan, Carolyn
Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children's author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes both chapter books and picture books, all of which are highly flammable. If you are reading this book with a dragon, he asks you to please use caution. When not writing or putting out fires, Dan travels about, visiting many schools and libraries. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife, artist and goldsmith, Dominique Brï¿½chault (who happens to own a blowtorch!). Tim Bowers has illustrated over thirty books, including the New York Times best seller, Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi. His books have received numerous state and national awards and have been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections. His artwork has been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition in New York and Los Angeles and the prestigious Original Art Exhibition, celebrating the fine art of children's book illustration. Although Mr. Bowers was born into a proud family of hairdressers (his mother was a hairdresser, his grandmother was a hairdresser and his great-grandfather was a barber) he opted to become an illustrator. Now, without hair, Bowers continues to enjoy telling stories with pictures, which is not your typical Bowers.
Praise for Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el: "Bowers colorful bug-eyed dragons and Middle-Age-meets-the-suburbs setting amplify the humor in Bar-el's prose..." --Publishers Weekly "Share this with your favorite atypical kids." --Kirkus "The text emphasizes the positives of being unique." --School Library Journal