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The Complete Book of Dragons Edited by Dugald Steer

I figured my 12-year-old who loved Eragon and Harry Potter would love this book. What I didn’t figure is that my 15-year-old daughter who likes lip-gloss and expensive jeans would love it – and she did.

What an amazing book Dragonology is. It feels like a magical encyclopedia with amazing illustrations and maps, and also pullouts and purported skin cell samples from an Asian dragon. The book is not a pop-up book, but it has so much to touch and play with inside. And yet it’s advanced writing, fantastic summaries of all the different species of dragons and the natural history and physiology of dragons.

Dragonology speaks of dragons as if they are real, even explaining how to find and track dragons, and how to work with them once you find them. It includes a chapter on useful spells and charms with a sample embedded in the book of dragon dust. Amazing.

I loved the book, as much as my kids did. Be careful with it though – it’s easy to damage many of the special pullout cards and features of the book. A thumbs up for the kids on your Christmas list, Dragonology by Dugald Steer. On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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