Monday 10 September 2018

Here be Dragons

Here be  Dragons:  Here Be Post 1

The dragon is a gigantic reptile from the very dawn of time. 

Okay, so that's a firedrake, a peacock and a swan in the picture. But that's rather the point. A firedrake is a kind of dragon as Cat Mahal discovered in The Peacock's Pearl. This post is about dragons in my books. As anyone following this blog knows, I've written a lot of books, and quite a few contain added dragon. Here are some of them...

The Dragon's Coming After You (1994). This is a rhyming educational picture book with the refrain The dragon's coming after you. He's coming in a...

Dragon Mode (2007) is a trade picture book about a boy who is learning to control his impulses. Well, sort of. It's really about a boy who has a dragon mode.

Fantastic Creatures (2009) is a picture book done like a bestiary. It's beautiful. It has a dragon.

Candle Iron (2001) is a fantasy novel with a creature that calls itself a gemdrake. Make no mistake. It's a dragon. It is also known as the Keeper.

Kallie and the Fishermen and Kallie Fetches the Dragon (both 1998) are about Wizard's apprentice Kallie and her encounters with the wizard's recalcitrant dragon.

Wiley Tyler: The Silver Skateboard (2016) has a lady dragon named Nessa Copperdell in it.

Knightfall, Knight Protector and Knight Triumphant (2002, 2003, 2004) have several dragons: notably Peggy the pearly dragon who is the prettiest and most alarming of the tribe. Also you can meet King Fleamer, Prince Rifer, Michael Firebug and  Ruby who really wants to feed Simon Knight to her chicks.

The Lonely Dragon (1997) is a reading scheme story about an unnamed dragon.

The Peacock's Pearl (2016) has the firedrake that features on the Beckingham Bride Chest

The Silver Egg (1999) has a mother dragon

The Way of  the Dragon (2012) has a dragon named Denzil and another named Didymous Drake

Timothy Whuffenpuffen Whippersnapper (1995) has a dragon called... Timothy Whuffenpuffen Whippersnapper.

So that's the seventeen dragons. And that's the first of the Here Be posts which will intersperse the character, book, place, naming and object posts and what have you.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. You can find you way into her maze of websites and blogs via the portal here.(Sally is me, by the way.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. 2017 is well behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of June 2018 I STILL hadn't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books in the pipeline, and I'm certainly showcasing those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, places, objects and themes. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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