If you go down to the woods today, you never know what you might find. A curious little dragon meets a new friend, but he's not sure what to make of him at all. Apparently, it's called a Benjamin, but the Benjamin doesn't have any wings, scales or even a tail! Luckily, little boys AND little dragons like football, and the Benjamin soon teaches them a trick or two. If only the grown-up Benjamins were as friendly! Still, the unlikely pair remain the best of friends and the little dragon promises to meet the Benjamin's teacher one day ...or was that eat his teacher?!
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(225mm x 213mm x 2mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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In a bit of role reversal, a young dragon happens upon a small "Benjamin" in the woods and brings him home to show the parents. Though the new "pet" is strangely averse to the offered dinner of stinky fish and worms, and at school the next day turns out to have neither scales nor tail, he does teach the whole dragon class a wonderful new game called "soccer." Seeing that he's lonely, though, the narrator at last flies him back to the land of the Benjamins - and returns bemused at how excited all the other Benjamins became at the appearance of a dragon. In cartoon illustrations, Millward places the human lad amidst big, lumpish, un-scary-looking dragons with tiny wings, then closes with a scene showing how exciting soccer practice can be when the players breathe fire. A big die-cut hole through the front cover kicks this import's appeal up even further. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Timothy Knapman
Timothy Knapman is both writer and playwright and was cast adrift on a boat made of books when he was small, but finally made his way to Surrey where he now lives. Gwen Millward studied illustration in Edinburgh and now spends all her time painting and writing stories for children about her favourite subject - beasts.