When young Lionel is whisked from his nursery one morning and crowned king, he becomes fascinated by the forbidden Book of Beasts in the palace library. But when a real red dragon escapes from the pages and wreaks havoc on the kingdom, Lionel has to act fast to make things right. But how? Edith Nesbit’s entertaining stories found a fan in J.K. Rowling, and with good reason. Like Harry Potter, these selections from The Book of Dragons are full of just the right mix of magic, adventure, and everyday life.
About the Author
Edith Nesbit published more than 40 books and stories, including perennial favorites like The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Called the first modern writer for children, Nesbit turned away from flights of fancy, preferring instead to show the tough truths to be won from encounters with things-as-they-are. Nesbit has been claimed as an influence on a number of favorite works of children's literature, including The Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter series, and Mary Poppins. Tavia Gilbert acts in plays, sings Renaissance music, and is an Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator. She studied acting at Cornish College of the Arts and radio at the Salt Institute. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Table of Contents
1. The Book of Beasts
2. The Dragon Tamers