Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons

Book - 2015
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Bored with her proper, circumscribed life as a princess, Cimorene runs away to join a powerful, fascinating dragon named Kazul and encounters a host of adventures along the way.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780544541221
0544541227
Branch Call Number: J FIC WRED
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 20 cm.

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AL_JOHANNA 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!

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bowalina
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.

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paintsunlight
Sep 26, 2016

My favorite book ever!

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Tabaqui
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.

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SNH_0
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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traceofbase
Feb 19, 2015

humor, satire, intrigue, a fun book to read to your kids. can easily lead to conversations on social roles and expectations.

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barbarianpixie
Nov 26, 2014

This is one of my favourite books! It's the first fantasy series that I truly fell in love with. If you're a fan of strong female characters and authors like Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey you should definitely try this book.

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

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joycemas
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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joycemas
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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