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Jousting with Jesters

An ABC for the Younger Dragon

by Martin Springett

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When Dennis the dragon emerges from his egg, he cannot yet breathe fire. This is not unusual in the dragon world, but the quest Dennis undertakes to find his flame most certainly is. An alphabetical series of instructions guides the young dragon as he journeys from castle to countryside, from fairground to forest until he arrives at the blazing crater of a volcano. He meets villains, imps, gnomes and knights along the way — as well as a mischievous jester who stays close to his side from A to Z.

About the Author
Martin Springett has earned the Aurora Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction Illustration, and the CLA's Notable designation. Also an accomplished musician, Martin lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.
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Martin Springett
has earned the Aurora Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction Illustration, and the CLA's Notable designation. Also an accomplished musician, Martin lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 9
Grade:
p to 3
Reading age:
4 to 8
Editorial Review

"An elegantly entertaining 'Elfabet'!"
Guy Gavriel Kay

"Fun, ingenious and witty."
Pauline Baynes, illustrator of the Chronicles of Narnia and the work of J.R.R. Tolkien

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Jousting with Jesters: An ABC for the Younger Dragon

Martin Springett, illustrator of many picture books and fantasy novel covers, returned to his childhood home in Britain for inspiration in creating Jousting with Jesters: An ABC for the Younger Dragon. Dennis, a small dragon on a quest to find his flame, embarks on a journey through the alphabet to the vermilion volcano where he lights up and, after a few more letters, returns home “with zest.” His adventures and perils are fraught with alliteration. “Avoid aunties armed with arrows. Beware of barons bringing broadswords to breakfast... Faced with a furious fairy, flee, flee, flee!” Each picture is full of detail and includes other words starting with the same letter, as well as details from other pages. (Springett dedicates the book to his friend and fellow artist Pauline Baynes, illustrator of the Narnia books as well as many of JRR Tolkien’s works.)

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2007. Vol.30 No.1.

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