Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies)

Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies) review and summary


Dr. Ernest Drake (Author),


Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Lexile Measure: 1220L (Wh



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For true believers only, a lavishly illustrated reproduction of a legendary volume by the world’s most distinguished dragonologist. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands!

Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits. Here are just a few of DRAGONOLOGY'S fascinating features:

— Novelty item on every spread, including tactile samples of dragon wings, dragon scales, and dragon skin
— Booklet of dragon riddles (indispensable to the burgeoning dragonologist)
— Sealed envelope containing a powerful dragon-calling spell
— Embossed faux leather cover with silver foil, encrusted with three dragon gems

In his afterword, Dr. Drake reveals that one of the crucial goals of dragonologists is to preserve the magnificent creatures of their study wherever possible - a goal this tongue-in-cheek volume most affectionately achieves. An incomparable gift for secret dragonologists everywhere!
Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies) review and summary

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-7-This faux nonfiction title carries echoes of James Gurney's Dinotopia (Turner, 1992; o.p.) in that it purports to be the actual writings of English dragonologist Ernest Drake. Unlike Dinotopia, however, this book is not a narrative, but rather an almost encyclopedic treatment of the subject. It delivers on its subtitle and covers every aspect of the study of dragons, treating the magical creatures as if they were real objects of scientific study. The discussion of the different species includes all types of dragons with which children might be familiar, from Chinese dragons to the European ones of the Grimm fairy tales. One particularly fun bit is the dragon alphabet, combined with some ancient runes written in dragon that can be translated. An aspect of the book that will be totally fascinating to children is the natural history of this creature, including diagrams of its skeletal and muscular structures, and even the development of a dragon embryo in the egg. The illustrations, mainly in color, and overall design of the book are appealing, from a foldout map of "Dragons of the World" to the flaps and cutouts throughout. This book will be hugely attractive to children, especially the "Harry Potter" crowd, but it is fragile.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. Purportedly a facsimile of an original book published in 1896, this is a handsome, dryly tongue-in-cheek volume about "the proper study of the dragonologist or student of dragon lore." Replete with large foldout pages, small inset foldouts, and maps showing dragons as indigenous to most parts of the world, the book covers everything from dragon habitats, physiology, and behavior to finding, tracking, taming, and flying them. The pages are sturdy and have an antique look about them, as do the plentiful, mostly full-color illustrations, some of which were contributed by Helen Ward. Appendixes provide advice on setting up a dragonology lab, useful spells and charms, and a history of dragonologists and dragon slayers. There are also ads for equipment, such as the "famous" Draco dragon-whistle, and some practical advice: to wit, wearing special, heat-protective clothing when approaching dragons. All in all, a delightful treatment for readers fascinated by dragons. Sally Estes
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Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies) review and summary

Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies) review and summary

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This book was the first in the Ologies books I have purchased.

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- Will not resist moisture (dew or dragon breath) or tolerate high humidity (fog or dank caves) well. A laminated field guide is needed.

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- Includes various samples of actual artifacts, as gathered on location.

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All I can say when we go this book in the mail is that I was speech less! It was far more gorgeous a d detailed than the pictures or advertising shows. My daughter had been asking me for days when will I get my dragon book? When? When?

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- Reasonably priced.

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RayB@@@@wonderful book for those of us who truly believe in dragons, but in general all people can appreciate the beauty

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Sometimes it's hard finding an "ology book that is exactly what you wanted. You read the reviews and they say "beautiful pictures" "everything you want to know about..." But the never tell you that it has tabs to pull, envelopes to open, dragon skin to feel, etc. well this has all of that!! We love these "ology books and have a few of them and lete tell you... they are great!@@@@An Excellent and Comprehensive Introduction to Dragonology!

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- Beautifully illustrated.

Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies) review and summary




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