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People have been telling stories about dragons for more than 3000 years. Five-headed dragons, fire-breathing dragons. As big as mountains, as small as dogs. Dragons that can be moody, dragons that are brave or cowardly, smart or stupid, good or downright evil.
Here is an encyclopedia of the most amazing dragon stories ever told. Read everything about dragons — from blood and claws to the wicked dragon king of Enoshima.
Go around the world, back in time and into the fantastical.
About The Author
Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning author of books for children. She has a longstanding fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Carole is a meticulous researcher who finds it difficult to stop researching and begin writing. She once searched for weeks to find out whether there were daffodils in Han Dynasty China. Carole is married, has a daughter, and lives in inner-city Melbourne.
The encyclopaedic format is an excellent choice... The artwork is striking... The stories beg to be read aloud. Wilkinson's retellings are colloquial, simply written versions of the original folklore... an amazingly esoteric collection of facts... enhanced by gloriously coloured and gilded illustrations. * Magpies * ...an A-Z treasure trove of information on everything relating to dragons... simply a must for any fantasy enthusiast... * Buzzwords Magazine *
ISBN: 9781742031446 ISBN-10: 1742031447 Audience:
For Ages: 8+ years old For Grades: 4 - 6 Format:
Number Of Pages: 208 Published: 1st April 2010 Publisher: Walker Books Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 19.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
I didn’t start writing until I was quite old — nearly 40. Before that, I worked as a laboratory assistant. My jobs involved working with a lot of blood and brains. You might think this sounds a bit gory, but I quite enjoyed working in a laboratory. The trouble was I always had this niggling feeling that it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing.
One day I realised what I’ve always wanted to be—a writer! I don’t know why it took me so long to work that out. When I was at school in the 1960s (a very long time ago) it didn’t sound like the sort of thing a girl from Port Adelaide could ever do, so I suppose I didn’t think of it back then. Once I’d decided to try and become a writer, I went to university. I wrote lots of things at university including my first novel. I didn’t think it was very good. I showed it to a friend who worked in publishing. I don’t think she thought it was very good either, but she must have seen some potential because she asked me if I could write a teenage novel. ‘Yes,’ I said, when actually I was thinking ‘Are you serious? Of course I can’t!’
I’d never thought about writing for young people. I tried to think of a story. My daughter was at high school, and something she was doing at the time gave me an idea. My friend liked my idea. So I went ahead and wrote the whole novel. That was my first published book. It was published in 1996 and was called Stagefright.
I sometimes wish I’d started writing when I was younger, but then I think things have worked out okay. I find that I have lots of ideas and so far I’ve never had ‘writers’ block’ (touch wood). I might have got a late start, but I’ve been trying to make up for lost time. I’ve written 30-odd books, some short stories, a telemovie and some TV and planetarium scripts.