Not Your Typical Dragon

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Illustrated by Tim Bowers

Everyone knows your typical dragon breathes fire.

But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn’t come out – only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with:

Band-Aids. Marshmallows. Teddy Bears?

Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day.

With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can’t help feeling a little bit different.

Winner of:                                           

  • Chocolate Lily Award 2014-2015
  • Nevada Young Readers’ Award 2017

Shortlisted for:

  • BC Book Prize 2014 (Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award)
  • Libris Award’s Picture Book of the Year 2014
  • Rainforest of Reading Award 2018

Selected to be part of:

  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for 2015 and 2016
  • Scholastic’s Reading Club (soft cover)

“Best of” Lists:

  • Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year for Children and Adults 2014
  • Greater Victoria Public Library Best Picture Books of 2013
  • TD Reading Club 2013


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