Twig has started reading my childhood books, and she has discovered There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon.

This book is about a squee-cute dragon who starts getting larger in an attempt to be noticed… after all, if there’s no such thing as a dragon, everyone is going to go quite out of their way to ignore it. Twig especially likes the part when (spoiler alert) “DRAGON EAT THE PANCAKES!”

My copy which was published in the late 70’s has a charming stain on it which is either from water damage in the basement or (likelier) my mom spilling coffee on it in the early 80’s. Look, it even has the 95 cent price on it.  I feel old.

Imagine my excitement (and Twig’s) when we discovered it has been reprinted… with additional cute drawings, glossy pages, and no coffee stains.

Remember, folks, it’s never too early to talk to your children about dragons.

Full Disclosure: We got paid zero money for recommending this book. Unfortunate, really.


Twig’s Book Pick: “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” — 8 Comments

  1. Ooooo.

    I must look into getting a copy of this for my nieces, age 4 and 1. As you say, it’s never too early to start learning about dragons…

    (Mind you, they’re being well brought up. The elder one learned that dragons say ‘Rarrrr!’ at the same time she learned that dogs say ‘Woof!’. Very appropriate!)

  2. Omg I remember that one! Love the old children’s books. They bring back this strange familiarity, whilst I don’t reeeally remember them, I do.. at the same time. Found a copy of Little Bear Lost in the charity shop and I squee’d for about an hour. Every picture had that warm familiarity and I *loved* it.

  3. I’m still into children stories and fairy tales, as long as it’s properly fantastic (rather than educational) I’ll endorse it. :)

    And indeed, my old philosophy teacher used to say “feed your children stories and fairy tales and you’ve done more for them than you’ll ever know” – I grew up like that myself and it’s changed everything. so many kids nowadays get hardly any stimulus for their imagination anymore, being force-fed tv-shows and games at an early age already. reading and imagining stories yourself is incredible exercise for the mind.

  4. That’s such a great book. It’s so cool you were able to keep your childhood books and share them with Twig.

    Have you ever read any of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems? I discovered them a few years ago with one of my nephews. Very silly and funny. “Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog” is my favorite one.