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Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!Dragons wake up, Dragons rise, Dragons open Dragon eyes. From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two beWake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!Dragons wake up, Dragons rise, Dragons open Dragon eyes. From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two bestselling talents, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Derek Anderson, this book will make any young reader fly out of bed....

Title : Waking Dragons
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ISBN : 9781481417297
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Waking Dragons Reviews

  • Lyn
    2019-03-10 00:02

    This picture book starts with a note: 'Don't forget to wake the dragons before school. Love Mom'.A young knight and his dog must prepare the dragons for their day. As readers will see, that job is much like getting children ready for their day. Breakfast first, then it's time to brush their teeth. 'Fangs above, fangs beneath.' Almost ready now. 'Wipe their faces and running noses and get into outdoor clothes-es.' When they're out of the house, they're free to fly.Study the clever, brightly colored illustrations so you don't miss anything. Yolen is often called the Hans Christian Anderson of America. Her Waking Dragons is an engaging book that's fun to read.

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-03-10 23:14

    A young knight-in-training must wake up the dragons and help them get ready for school. The verses and illustrations are both superb and brings magic to something ordinary. Waking up every morning should be a great adventure, such as this. My son was most fond of the dragons' breakfast because he often eats the same :)

  • Pawsitive SchoolCounselor
    2019-03-15 22:29

    I love to use this book to talk about morning routines.

  • Scott Rhee
    2019-02-26 01:29

    My daughter, who loves books the way gamers love video games, loves this book and has me re-read it at least once or twice before bedtime. Indeed, "Waking Dragons" is an adorable book, with wonderful illustrations by Derek Anderson and simple Seussian prose by Jane Yolen.In truth, Yolen's prose is good but rather minimal. As a poem, it's a pretty straightforward five or six stanzas in abcb rhyme scheme: "Dragons wake up,/Dragons rise./Dragons open dragon eyes…" The draw is Anderson's colorful, bigger-than-life dragons. There are two of them, a red one and a green one. As the story opens, a little boy dressed in a knight's suit of armor slowly creeps into a bedroom with his dog and climbs into a ginormous bed, where two dragons sleep. He gently nudges them awake; sleepy-eyed behemoths that yawn and put their pajamas in a hamper.Then, the dragons brush their teeth and run downstairs where a plate of ginormous waffles await them. They quickly devour them, put on scarves and goggles, kiss the mommy dragon good-bye and the boy and the dragons fly off to knight school.As story goes, it's pretty basic and not very substantial, but it's so damn cute, and my daughter loved it, so there's that...

  • Meg
    2019-02-16 21:26

    Derek Anderson gets 100% of the credit for how charming this book is. His illustrations are so fabulous! Yolen's prose (poetry?) is underwhelming, and I think that without the pictures, this book would tire out quickly. But I DO love the illustrations.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-18 01:05

    True story: *Reads book* "Well, this is kind of a take off of the How Do Dinosaurs books, isn't it?" *Looks at front cover* "Oh, Jane Yolen wrote this one too." D'oh! Fun illustrations; young fantasy fans will enjoy the not-scary-at-all dragons.

  • Julie
    2019-03-02 01:08

    My 2 1/2 year old son really enjoyed this simple story about dragons getting ready for school. He has to have it read to him over and over and asks for it by name.

  • Alexandria
    2019-03-10 20:14

    This is a good book for 2-5 year olds, particularly those who want to try reading the book to you instead of having the book read to them. The writing is simple, ranging from two words a page to four lines of only a few words each. Reading the book out loud will take a little bit of practice to get done smoothly because the cadence changes a little from section to section. But once you get it down, it's a cute book with adorable illustrations of a tiny knight waking up his dragons before going to school, including making them waffles. I definitely intend to get my son a copy and teach him to read it out loud when he's old enough!

  • Laura McLoughlin
    2019-03-12 20:28

    Cute book about dragons not being super eager to get up and get ready for school. I can sympathize with the poor knight.

  • Amy
    2019-03-01 01:19

    Nice full-page illustrations. Simple concept but fun. My 3-year-old asked me to read this before bed several nights in a row.

  • Renee Hale
    2019-02-27 03:20

    Cute book about dragons waking up & getting ready for Knight School

  • Brandy T
    2019-02-27 00:30

    Dragons wake up routine.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-21 02:05

    definitely more of a toddler/preschooler picture book, but great pictures and seems to have calmed my son's dragon nightmares

  • Nicole Harris
    2019-03-05 01:08

    Fun book for story time with younger kids - great illustrations and less words per page.

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  • Cat
    2019-02-26 02:04

    Sweet little story for little ones! Illustrations were adorable! Good intro to the dragon world, nothing scary at all.

  • Aiden and Jack
    2019-02-17 04:03

    GRL: HDRA: 14The comical illustrations tell a better story than the sparse words.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-03-13 20:27

    A picture book that turns the morning activities of getting out of bed and getting ready for the day into fun.My TakeLOL, I loved the note on the door from Mom: "Don't forget to to wake the dragons before school". A task immediately followed up on by our young knight and his faithful companion on the very next spread of pages as he climbs a ladder to get into that dragon bed.The colors are cheerful and have a softness to them that make me want to tumble into bed and snuggle with the dragons.Oh, man, the dog is standing by with a fire extinguisher — "in case of dragon breath"! Ya never know what'll happen when brushing dragon teeth.I must confess that I got confused at the end, as the dragons fly off to school with our young knight and his dog. Fly off to Knight School, they do. And leaves me hanging.I want to know where Mom is and why the knight has to get the dragons up. Why do the dragons have to get up at all for school? Where are they going? What's with mama dragon outside the cave/castle?The StoryAh, the ordeal of getting the "kids" up for school and the tasks involved from brushing your toofies to jammies in the hamper and then scampering down to a breakfast of waffles and syrup — our young knight needs to work on his aim, lol — before flying off to school.The CharactersA little boy in his armor with his faithful yellow dog.An orange dragon and a green dragon with their teeny wings and smoking noses. Mama dragon.The Cover and TitleThe cover is a close-up inside the dragon bedroom with the arch of the window looming large, even larger than that orange dragon head with his two fangs hanging down, poking out from under his purple sheets and blue blanket. It's a very tiny knight in his helmet, gloves, and top, as he coaxes that dragon into waking up.The title is what is involved in Waking Dragons.

  • Kat
    2019-03-20 00:06

    Cute but I couldn't figure out why the little knight and not the mama dragon woke the child dragons. And why would the little knight need a note from his mom to wake the dragons if they were his ride to school? I realize the is a children's book but authors need to remember that at this age adults read the books to the children. Please think about the adults.

  • Maxbfunk
    2019-02-16 22:28

    Opening: We all have morning routines that we do every day. Some days it's harder for us to wake up than others and we need someone to help us. I know that I can't wake up without at least ten alarms, and someone shaking me awake sometimes. I'm sure that some of you have similar problems so imagine how tough it would be if you were in charge of getting dragons out of bed.The knight in Waking Dragons has just that problem when he needs to make sure the dragons make it to school on time, but what goes into getting them up in the morning? What do they eat? Do they like waffles? How do you even wake a dragon up in the first place? The best way to find out is to take a look right now.Opening Moves: Prompt predictions based on title, raise interest in topic or theme, lay groundwork to help children, raise questions to spark curiosity, prompt hypothesizing, foreshadow the problem, invite personal connectionsReasoning: This book is very cute, and continues my interest in making the real world a little more fantastical. Instead of fantasy explanations for real world situations, this story has a real world situation being portrayed by fantasy creatures. As a big reader and proponent of keeping one's inner child young and the imagination vast. Books that help to tie the real to the imaginary will always have a soft spot in my heart, and I will always try to find ways to make them relevant to young readers (this is assuming the book is of quality, I wouldn't put bad fantasy, or literature on a shelf when there is good stuff out there).Review: (September 1st, 2012) School Library Journal.

  • Juana
    2019-03-01 03:12

    The illustration for this book were done in rendered in acrylic paint. This book is about a little kid that has a routine in waking up dragons so that they can take him to school and they get to go fly. It is really interesting and the illustrations are really funny in some parts. This would be a good book to talk to students if they have to dependent on someone to take them to school. The pages are glossy and are not soft they have like a sand texture.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-25 04:26

    This book offers a short, rhyming poem that describes a young boy's morning chore to wake up his dragons and get them ready for the day. The poem is entertaining to read aloud and children will be able to relate to a morning routine, even if it's a dragon's routine. The book makes for a great read-aloud to a group, with acrylic painting illustrations that are so wonderfully colorful and expressive as well as a limited amount of narrative on each page. Overall, it was a fun, fast read as I was falling asleep. We enjoyed reading this book together, even though it's a bit young for our girls. It really reminded me of Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs...? series, to the point that I thought perhaps the title should've been, "How Do Dragons Get Ready in the Morning?"

  • Angie
    2019-03-06 20:28

    Synopsis: "Wake up with a pair of sleepy dragons and the knight who must get them ready for school!Dragons wake up, Dragons rise, Dragons open Dragon eyes.From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two bestselling talents, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Derek Anderson, this book will make any young reader fly out of bed."My Review: This is a fun and comical book, perfect for getting ready to start the new school year and get those little ones out of bed. The illustrations are bright and bold for younger kids but the story is great up into 1st grade and maybe one to be revisited even older. It is also a simple book for when kids start reading.

  • Julia Elise
    2019-03-05 21:14

    Waking Dragons is a cute story about a little knight who has to wake up the dragons and get them ready for the day. What surprised me was how the dragons were more like my kid and I am the knight. The little knight goes through so much to get the dragons ready for their day. Instead of their mom waking them up, getting them dressed, brushing their teeth and getting them fed, it was the little knight. It was super cute.I think this is a great book for students who are just learning to read. The text is very simple and follows the pictures exactly. That way if a student gets stuck on a word, they can look at the picture and figure out what is going on.I think you could turn this book into a unit about dragons. Students can read other books on dragons and eventually create their own. They can also write a story about what makes their dragon unique.

  • Kate Puleo Unger
    2019-02-19 04:14

    Waking Dragons is a book that Christopher read, but he struggled with it a little because the meter was a little off. Some articles (a, the) were skipped, and that made the text confusing for him. There weren't many words, so in that respect I thought it would be "easy", but it's probably better as a read aloud.It's a fun story about a little boy who has to wake up the sleeping baby dragons and help them get ready in the morning. We especially liked the page with the waffle launcher to aid in feeding the dragons their breakfast.

  • Jana
    2019-03-10 02:08

    If mornings seem a little hectic in your house, you might get a kick out of this cute book showing all of the work the little knight goes to in order to get the dragons up and ready to fly to school.Dragons wake up, dragons rise, Dragons open dragon eyes. Double page spread pictures with spare text go a long way to spark the imagination of what a job waking dragons must be. My favorite illustration is the knight brushing a dragon's teeth with his doggy standing next to him ready with a fire extinguisher (IN CASE OF DRAGON BREATH). Another fun picture is of the knight catapulting waffles into the dragons' mouths for breakfast.

  • Cheiree Domet
    2019-03-01 21:10

    Waking dragons is another story that I would start with the title to ask what the students think the book will be about. I'd have them look at the cover and try to decide what might happen in our story. Again I'd have them listen to the words of the author and ask if they noticed anything about them.I'd ask who they think the little boy in the story is. Maybe they haven't heard of a knight before and don't know who one is. They could compare this story with the princess story. We could discuss genre, poetry and compare this book to other books by Jane Yolen.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-11 01:26

    The acrylic paint illustrations shine in this picture book about a young boy's responsibility for waking two dragons before setting off to school. The double-page spread that shows the dragons high in the sky, soaring over Knight School, is painted from a perspective looking down on them, which makes it particularly appealing. I enjoyed the dragons' sleepiness and their size, but the language used in the rhyming text itself didn't particularly impress me. The visual images are what's noticeable in this book.

  • Amanda Harrison
    2019-02-17 23:19

    Waking Dragons is a cute book about a little boy who has the job of waking his dragon before going to school. The dragon has a lot of things it has to do in order to get ready for school. This is a fast paced read-aloud that would be good with younger children.This could also be a good way to teach sequencing or it could be used with older children (3rd-4th) to talk about writing as kids could create their own writing based on an animal or creature that they have to get ready in the morning!