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Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon

by Ute Krause
Translated by Ute Krause from the German

Published by U.S. edition: North-South Books, 2010
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2306-8

Ages 4 - 8

Itís a familiar scenario: hungry dragon seeks princess for dinner. But with no princesses available, the villagers draw names from a hat and choose Oscar as alternative dragon fodder. Oscarís thin frame is a disappointment to the ravenous beast, but heís open to the idea of fattening the child up. From his cage, Oscar submits shopping lists and orders a professional stove. His first meal includes ďgrilled eggplant for starters, then pasta and homemade ice cream.Ē The aroma is delicious, but the dragon refuses Oscarís offer to share. Days pass, and Oscar produces gourmet meals, but the dragon continues to turn up his nose at human food. Nearsighted, the dragon canít see Oscar putting on weight, and falls for the cooking-spoon-handle-as-finger ploy. At last his hunger is too much to bear, and the dragon samples Oscarís cuisine, to his great delight. When new eyeglasses alert him to the fact that heís been duped, the thought of the loss of Oscarís culinary prowess saves the day. This clever twist on a classic theme offers a quick-witted and creative hero, while humorous illustrations amp up the storyís impact.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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