Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons

Book - 1992
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Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Inc., 1992, c1990
ISBN: 9780590457224
Branch Call Number: WREDE P
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 18 cm


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Imagine having a dragon for a friend: powerful and perhaps capricious, but with your best interests at heart. I have a favourite dragon friend book for every age. For younger readers (maybe 8 and up) I recommend Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons series, about a Princess who decides she’d rather live with the dragons than the princes. As a teenager, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsinger was my very favourite book. Once I read it through twice on the same day. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight is one of the best dragon friend books for adults, and there are plenty of other books set in her world, Pern, to keep you busy for a while. (Submitted by Rebecca).

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

This fantasy novel is the first in a series of offbeat, engaging, and banter-filled books about spunky Cimorene who would rather live with a dragon than settle for the life of a proper princess. Fast-paced and funny, this book may delight readers of all ages.

Jun 26, 2018

I loved it so much! The book was so funny! A thing that bugged me though, is how the start was a little slow. Otherwise, it was such a good book.

ArapahoeJohanna Aug 17, 2017

This series is still an all-time favorite of mine. They were the first books I ever read that combined humor and fantasy to such great effect, and the brave, no-nonsense heroine is someone I still aspire to be like. I highly recommend it for middle schoolers!

May 24, 2017

My favorite book ever.
I really recommend it.

Beatricksy Feb 13, 2017

I wish I'd read this as a kid. I would have loved this to pieces. Like, there's nothing as awesome as a fierce princess hanging out with dragons. This is a fast paced, light read. Perfectly clean, perfectly adorable. It has an excellent sense of wit. There's not much of a mystery, and the villains are easily dispatched, but that's not the point of the story. It reads a bit like Princess and the Goblin or other older fairy tales, where we just get on with the plot and don't muck around with the fluff, be it description or internal development. I can appreciate a straight-as-an-arrow fantasy sometimes, and this is pretty much as straight as it gets.

Sep 26, 2016

My favorite book ever!

Aug 14, 2016

A funny, interesting story about a different kind of princess. Cimorene asks a dragon to take her as its princess, melts wizards, sends away knights and princes attempting to rescue her, and just generally breaks all the traditional fairy tale rules. Though listed as teen fiction, I would say kids could read it too. No romance whatsoever. Definitely recommend this series.

PimaLib_SierraG May 24, 2016

This story fulfills that wistful thought of many girls reading classic fairy-tales; "why can't the princess and the dragon live together and be best friends without dumb knights ruining everything?"
Princess Cimorene is the strong, independent hero for just such little girls.

Jul 09, 2015

I don't usually like fantasy books, but I LOVED this book. It's not your typical fantasy book with a damsel in distress. I would say if you like funny book with a strong female character you need to read this!

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alexandra08 Nov 08, 2014

alexandra08 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Jul 03, 2014

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blue_jaguar_257 Aug 10, 2013

((whenever getting rid of somting that always comes bock you have to have a verry smart brain ))

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

“Then they gave me a loaf of bread and told me to walk through the forest and give some to anyone who asked. I did exactly what they told me, and the second beggar-woman was a fairy in disguise, but instead of saying that whenever I spoke, diamonds and roses would drop from my mouth, she said that since I was so kind, I would never have any problems with my teeth.”
“Really? Did it work?”
“Well, I haven’t had a toothache since I met her.”
“I’d much rather have good teeth than have diamonds and roses drop out of my mouth whenever I said something”
― Patricia C. Wrede

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

“I didn't ask what you'd said about it," the frog snapped. "I asked what you're going to do. Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.”
― Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons


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Jul 03, 2014

Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart. . . .
And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon . . . and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for.

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

"I want to do things. . . ."

Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away.
Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon.
Princess Cimorene has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, or a stone prince either.
Princess Cimorene ran away to find some excitement.
She's found plenty. (From Goodreads)


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