Dragon, Dragon: and Other Tales by John Gardner is another Big Deal book selling for $1.99 through tomorrow. This one is safe for most ages. In fact, it was selected as the 1975 New York Times Outstanding Book for Children. And, hey, it's John Gardner who knows his way around a fantasy story.
John Gardner’s first children’s book takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head. In the title story, a meddlesome dragon meets his match. “The Tailor and the Giant” tells the story of a cowardly man who finally faces his fears. A villainous beast of burden attempts to rid himself of his master in “The Miller’s Mule.” And in “The Last Piece of Light,” a brave young chimney-sweep saves the world from darkness.Now that one just sounded wonderful to me. If I enjoy it, I will have to get a paper copy for my niece who adores all things dragon.
Filled with irreverent twists on the classic elements of princes and princesses, witches and wizards, and the magical realms that they inhabit, Dragon, Dragon is a collection of fun and fantastic tales to be cherished by readers of all ages.