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Dragon Quest
by Allan Baillie
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'Hey, you! Yes, yes, you with the book! Up, up, we have deeds to do! Bold deeds, deeds so daring those songs will be sung for a thousand years. Come on! You'll be a hero, a great warrior, an epic knight.'

And so it begins. The reader is invited to join a valiant knight on a quest to find and slay the last dragon. You'll climb high into the cold, snow covered mountains. You'll encounter snakes, witches, trolls, werewolves and other frightening creatures.

Oddly enough, though, you won't encounter the subject of this search. Where's the dragon? Is he frightened and hiding? Not really. Unfortunately, it won't be until you get to the end of this clever picture book that you'll realize that the elusive dragon has been right before your eyes. How can that possibly be? You'll see when you reach the end of this quest.

Once the reader realizes what is happening here, the child will love going back and re-checking all the details that show the dragon is actually right there before his eyes. The old adage that sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees is true!

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