Not your Typical Dragon

Not your Typical Dragon

Book - 2013
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"When Crispin Blaze turns seven, he's expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking/Scholastic, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670014026
Call Number: jP BAR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Bowers, Tim - Illustrator
Bib Control Number: 705954


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Crispin the dragon has a problem. Much as he tries to breathe fire, something else always comes out.

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Aug 03, 2015

Funny and engaging. The little dragon who cannot breathe fire surprises and delights the reader. The humour is amusing for both my 3-year-old and myself. The art is colourful and fun. The story is a little long (32 pages), but it moves along so quickly and with simple sentences, that the kid is entertained throughout the whole book.

nypl_morningside_heights Sep 08, 2014

Crispin blaze is expected to breathe fire but he doesn't. he breathes a vary other times instead. A fun read aloud story

Apr 10, 2014

Really sweet tale of acceptance between family members and making slightly unusual friends not despite their differences but because of them.

JewelMcLatchy Feb 07, 2014

Fantastic children's book on being different and being accepted "despite" differences. Very cleverly written and adorable illustrations.

SPL_Kids May 23, 2013

Poor Crispin Blaze! Born into an eminent family of fire-breathing dragons, he discovered that he could not breathe fire.

Instead, Crispin breathed out many other things, such as whipped cream, marshmallows, soap bubbles, teddy bears, red party steamers and beach balls. Each, in turn, was greatly enjoyed by someone around him … but after all, dragons are expected to breathe fire, aren’t they?

Bitterly disappointed in himself, Crispin decided to run away. He hid in a cave.

He soon had a visitor, a young knight, Sir George, looking for a fire-breathing dragon. (After all, a knight is expected to fight fire-breathing dragons, isn’t he?)

Sir George tried unsuccessfully to help Crispin breathe fire.

Later, Crispin began to feel homesick and returned to his family. His father was so happy to see him again and breathed out so much fire that the family home started to burn.

Dragons came running from all directions to help … but how? Everyone knew how to start fires, but not how to stop them.

Suddenly Crispin felt a tingling in his tummy. He opened his mouth … and water gushed out! It was enough water to save his home.

For the first time, Crispin was glad that he couldn’t breathe fire. (The other dragons were happy too.)

This amusing, not-so-typical dragon-and-knight story demonstrates to young listeners that everyone isn’t the same, and that we all have abilities which are useful in some way.

forbesrachel Apr 23, 2013

Your difference can make you special. Crispin doesn't think so at first, as dragons are supposed to breathe fire, but he soon learns that what is typical is not always what is best. Crispin is very cute!


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Oct 23, 2018

mylittlecub thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

Aug 03, 2015

Carina_Cakewalk thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 10

SPL_Kids May 23, 2013

SPL_Kids thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7


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Aug 03, 2015

Crispin opened his mouth and breathed. But fire did not come out. Band-Aids came out.
"I see," said the doctor gravely.
"Dragons should breathe fire," insisted Crispin's father.
"We were low on Band-Aids," mumbled the nurse.


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