Not your Typical Dragon

Bar-el, Dan

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Not your Typical Dragon
"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, 2013.
ISBN: 0670014028
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bowers, Tim


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Sep 08, 2014
  • nypl_morningside_heights rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Sep 05, 2014

super fun story with a very cuddly dragon. he breathes not fire but bubbles, whipped cream, teddy bears and more! we change as we grow and deal with parental expectations.

Apr 10, 2014
  • SingleMamma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Feb 07, 2014
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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.

Apr 23, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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May 23, 2013

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


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