Patricia C. Wrede Peter de Sève
- Title: Dealing with Dragons
- Author: Patricia C. Wrede Peter de Sève
- ISBN: 9780152045661
- Page: 348
- Format: Paperback
Cine is everything a princess is not supposed to be headstrong, tomboyish, smart and bored So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon and finds the family and excitement she s been looking for.Cover illustrator Peter de S ve
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"He doesn't seem very impressed," Cimorene commented in some amusement."Why should he be?" Kazul said."Well, you're a dragon," Cimorene answered, a little taken aback."What difference does that make to a cat?"Before Harry Potter, there was Princess Cimorene, a dragon named Kazul, and the Enchanted Forest. I am no longer a 11-year old girl. I am a grown-ass woman, and I still love this book as much as I did the first time I read it.Share this book with your sisters, your daughters, your nieces. T [...]
4.5/5 starsThis is my 4th time reading this. Still good. I did dock half a star down because second book is better than the first - still, the whole series are amazing, even if I am well out of reading age for these books I enjoy them immensely. After I got finished with the book, my first thought was: -why haven't they made a movie out of this yet?And then I thought -what if the casting is wrong, what if they don't follow the book, what if cgi is cheap? Oh, the horrors! So now I am actually hap [...]
If you think you know what a princess story is, think again.There's a magic to this series I haven't experienced since reading Harry Potter. It's one of the most playful books I've ever read, constantly making jokes out of well-known tropes and famous fairy tales. Plus it's a mystery in which the prime suspects are a dragon with bad wizard allergies and a prince made of stone. The entire universe is as quirky as the suspects and although there's some plot holes and a lot of things that seem to h [...]
This is the first book of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. My daughter read them when she was at the point where reading changes from being work to being fun. So it was one of the first "serious" books (> 100 pages and no pictures) that she read on her own for pleasure. First my wife read the series aloud to her. Then she read them all to herself. Then she read this book out loud to me.The story is told from the point of view of Princess Cimorene. She's a curious, intelligent girl who hates t [...]
I would place this book somewhere between The Ordinary Princess and the Harry Potter series in terms of complexity of plot, age appropriateness and the amount of fun I had reading it. I really enjoyed reading this book and likely would have given it 5 stars if I had read it at a younger age (say at the age of 8 years or so). As it is, after Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, it's hard to give this book 5 stars. Having said that, this is a very interesting story of a Princess who detests traditi [...]
[5.0 Stars] Re-Read 2016I adore this book. I always will! It was one of my favorites series growing up and still is to this day! I implore you all to check it out!
This is my happy book. I read it when I was in middle school and I love it because its not your average fairy tale. Yes you have princess's and prince's and yes you have dragons and wizards and magic but it's not exactly like the common tale of where the prince slays the dragon with the wizard to help him act clever to save the damsel in distress and or princess. No no it's more of the princess becomes friends with a dragon and when a prince comes and saves her she tells them to go away.Sick and [...]
I picked up this book after seeing it featured in A Mighty Girl's excellent list of kick-ass Princess books, and thought it might make a good Christmas gift for a fantasy-loving little sister. Of course I had to read it first, the way you have to taste the cookie dough, to make sure it's just right. And of course, Little Sister caught me at it. "What's that?""A book I'm reading." She executes a perfect pre-teen exasperated sigh-and-eye-roll. "I KNOW it's a book. What's it about?"I decide to test [...]
I found this book at the library and I was so excited because I read it a couple of times when I was younger, in 4th or 5th grade I think. So it's a kid's book but it is so much fun. Great fantasy and tons of humor. You can't help but laugh, at least I couldn't! Funny story related to this book. Back when I first read this, when I was younger, like I said, I had a friend my age who also read it. Well, she and I happened to have some little plastic toy dragons and wizards and we'd use them to act [...]
How will you describe a book which entertains you in every chapter? Well, this will be my first review about that kind of book FEELINGS FOR THIS BOOKBefore Reading This Book:I was unaware of dragons, wizards, witches, giants and jinns (I think I am still unaware of giants and jinns but not anymore after reading the whole series) So, it's obvious I didn't know how they look like Or what are their abilities?After Reading This Book: I thought "I chose to read books and I didn't even know any magica [...]
This is a truly charming middle-grade/children's fantasy book which really captivated me, and which (even though I am 21 when first reading it) I loved. The story follows a very wilful, strong female Princess who doesn't like the silly troupes of being a Princess to which everyone else around her conforms. Princess Cimorene decides that she wants to learn to Fence, and when she's told this is un-lady-like and most definitely un-princess-like she decides to try something else equally as un-prince [...]
YA comic fantasy. Cimorene is not a proper princess. She learns fencing, cooking and magic, and when she discovers her proposed marriage, she runs away to offer herself to a dragon. She's been told that they like to keep princesses, and she thinks that this is one princessly thing that she could possibly do.This was charming, but light on substance. It may have been more original when it was written, but it feels derivative now. Also, I was annoyed that the only way that Cimorene could do anythi [...]
This book was simply delightful, with enchanting characters of different kinds and lots of good witty humor, hinting to many classic fairy tales, but with twisted meanings. Here's a little example: “The rest of my classmates are already making names for themselves. George started killing dragons right away, and Art went straight home and pulled some sort of magic sword out of a rock. Even the ones nobody expected to amount to much have done something. All Jack wanted to do was go back to his m [...]
I'm re-reading this fantastic series that I fell in love when I was a kid. It's a great story about a princess who thinks being a princess is incredibly boring. Etiquette and dancing lessons all day? She would much rather learn fencing or magic, thank you very much! But that just isn't done. So she runs away and volunteers to become a dragon's princess (A vocation which is usually only acquired when one is captured by a dragon). This book has a great female protagonist, lots of humor, and puts a [...]
Hacen falta más princesas como Cimorene. Además de que sea un libro divertidísimo, original, lleno de humor inocente y bastante irreverente con los cuentos de hadas, Cimorene es realmente mi tipo de princesa.Basta de damicelas débiles que esperan ser rescatadas. Ella, harta de la aburridísima vida de palacio y clases de bordado, siguiendo el "consejo" de un sapo que habla, decide escaparse e irse a vivir con un grupo de dragones. Cimorene no es sumisa, ni recatada ni rubia. Es la única de [...]
2004 or 2005October 6, 2007Currently reading aloud to the Possum - She's decided to carry on on her own in favor of me reading The Mysterious Howling. Well, I can't blame her. That's also a good one.July 20, 2014I originally read this series out loud to the girls when they were wee. Going back, I didn't recall much except that we had all enjoyed them. Some of the things I had forgotten: that Cimorene had studied fencing and Latin and that she was unusually tall, all now true of the eldest daught [...]
Jak zvláštní, že čím jsem starší, tím víc oceňuji pohádkové příběhy. Mají svoje kouzlo.To nepopřete.Cimorene je nejlepší princezna všech dob.Proč?Dělá, co princezny nedělají.Ovládá základy latiny, kouzel, rytířského umění a dokáže připravit delikátní horké maliny. Ale zato absolutně nesnáší naduté prince, lekce vyšívání a etiketu. Je to nuda. Chápu.Princezna dobrovolně v dračích službách?SKANDÁL!Jsem si jistá, že kdyby v Linderwallu měl [...]
This is a childhood favourite that was desperately in need of a reread. Although I remembered loving it as a child, I couldn't remember much besides the bare bones of the plot and that Cimorene was the coolest princess of all time. Having reread the book, I can confirm that Cimorene remains the coolest princess of all time. Wrede writes a subversive, funny fantasy romp that turns fairy tale tropes on their head in brilliant ways sure to delight any little girl sick of reading about the princess [...]
This is my second time or third time around with this book, I hadn't read it in years. The first time I read it I was a teenager and enjoyed and as an adult I love it just as much. It is a really fast read, I would highly recommend Dealing with Dragons to anyone who loves fantasy. It has lots of adventure, lots of dragons and a sassy princess who takes her fate into her own hands.
Macky recommended this one to me, and it was a winner! I loved how Wrede turned the typical fairy tale tropes on their heads, especially in the form of main character Cimorene (who I absolutely loved).
One word: Perfecto!This was just splendid! I was enchanted from the very first paragraph, I ain’t even kidding. I found myself loving it more and more with every page. It was as lovely as Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle series which I’m very fond of. I’ll devour anything that has the word “Dragon” in it which is why I read it. This time I read the blurb but it doesn’t so much as give a hint as to how wonderful this book really is.It’s set in a world filled with all sort [...]
I needed a palate cleanser and just a general "feel good book" after reading Sunshine. In the past I've turned to romance books, but as of late I've been turning more and more to YA books preferably those set for younger audiences (middle grade). There tends to be a lot of hidden gems in this category and to me, this book was one of them.Cimorene is a princess who doesn't meet the standard princess personality quota. She's intelligent, headstrong, and much to her parents dismay she wants more to [...]
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Princess Cimorene is tired of embroidery, etiquette, and protocol classes. She wants to take Latin, fencing, magic, and cooking lessons instead. But, that's just "not done." So to avoid a betrothal to a handsome and charming (but not particularly bright) prince, she runs away to become housekeeper for a dragon. As a dragon's princess, Cimorene gets the freedom to cook and clean and to organize libraries and treasure rooms. She also has to fend off persiste [...]
Almost every story you read has some root in a story that was already told. The familiar notes of mythology and fairy tales appear again and again in literature, but in those books that start with a familiar structure and then leap into unexpected there’s something special to be found.That’s what I thought as I sped my way through Dealing With Dragons a local favorite here in Minnesota, and one that my wife Kristina loved when she was young. But this is not simply a childhood favorite, it’ [...]
I'm really getting hooked onto the girl+dragon concept. Coincidentally, it tends to work out a lot better than the boy+dragon concept. Not trying to be sexist or anything, but it's kind of true; both this andDragon Slippers absolutely crushes derivative, pompous works likeEragon by a landslide.Full review to come, if I can manage to stop smirking.
I wish I'd found out about this book years ago! Dealing With Dragons was a very fun read, and if it isn't a classic yet, it ought to be. I quite enjoyed following Cimorene in her interactions with dragons, wizards, and unwelcome rescuers- particularly as Cimorene, unlike many similar characters in more modern books, isn't rebellious, only practical and possessing a good deal more common sense than a great many of the people around her. And the story contains more than enough bits that'll make an [...]
I should have read this years ago.Cimorene is a rebellious princess, which I sometimes have misgivings, but given that she was an early-comer to the genre and that she doesn't reject her feminity and is rebelling more against boredom than against anything else, I really can't fault her. The world is amazing, and as a fairy tale enthusiast, I loved all of the references. I have accepted it wholeheartedly as a Bookania story. (Which, for the record, just means that it's a lovely fairy-tale world.) [...]
I read this book when I was young. It remains one of my favourites because this was a girl I really could relate to and still relate to. I have seen that the book is part of a series and it is implied that she eventually settles down an becomes a wife-mother. I will probably never read those. I like to think of Cimorene as a childless, awesome person with a dragon who refuses to conform to society's expectation of what a woman should do and be.Reread, April 6 2016.
This series of books, more than any other besides The Chronicles of Narnia, sparked my interest in writing fantasy as a child. It has surprisingly complex and vivid world-building for a children's book. The writing is witty and so hilarious that it still brings a smile to my face even though I've read it at least once or twice a year since the first time I read it back in 3rd or 4th grade.
So, this was one of the first dragon books I ever read, back when I was about 14. I absolutely loved it! It lead to me using the nickname "Dragonsbane". I fear revisiting it now might leave me less amused, but at that age, even though I was already reading more complicated books, it was just about right in tone, bordering those days between girliness and rebelious adult.
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