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Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon

Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon

About the Book

Author: Rachel Valentine

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Price: £6.99, paperback

Review

Dragons, as everyone knows, are supposed to be a discreet shade of purple, with smooth, shiny scales and tiny, neat ears. Their mission in life is to seek a princess to protect, who is always graceful and quiet and will often need rescuing. So what does the future hold for Marmaduke – a shy, orange dragon with enormous ears, sticky-out scales, and wings that he never even opens, because of how dramatically different they are? The answer is ‘rejection’ – but only until the moment he meets Meg, a princess with scruffy clothes and crazy hair, who loves to dance and be loud. She doesn’t need looking after, of course – but she knows what it’s like to be different, and is happy to welcome Marmaduke, with his spectacularly star-spangled wings, as a friend. Why not ask your charges what they think are the essential characteristics of dragons, princesses, or any other fairy-tale stock characters… and why?

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