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MATTHEW'S DRAGON by Susan Cooper


by Susan Cooper & illustrated by Jos. A. Smith

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-689-50512-4
Publisher: McElderry

A nifty variant on the theme of a bedtime adventure with a fabulous friend. The dragon comes out of Matthew's book as a miniature. First, Matthew also becomes tiny, and the two explore his own garden and have a terrifying encounter with a cat; then, suddenly growing enormous, the dragon effects a quick rescue and whirls Matthew off to meet a convocation of "every dragon ever imagined" before bringing him home to bed. Smith's paintings make it all seem real--the companionable feast on Dad's tomatoes, the voracious cat, and especially the endearing dragon. Thoroughly satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)