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Dennis the Dragon

Dennis the Dragon was first published in 1939. It is now out of print.


Story | Background | Thoughts | Editions and Availability

Story

Dennis is the only dragon left in England, as all the others have died of chest infections. He lives in a cave on the Great West Road, and wishes that he was a man "who drove fast cars down the Great West Road" (Dennis the Dragon, 1939:5). When his Aunt Dulcibell leaves him a lot of money he decides to live in London, like a man.

Background

Dennis the Dragon wall illustrated by Ruth Gervis, Noel's sister, who had also provided the illustrations for Ballet Shoes.

Sales of Dennis the Dragon were badly affected by the start of the Second World War.

Thoughts

Dennis the Dragon is clearly written for a much younger audience than most of Noel's other books for children. It is a very short book (only 32 pages), with practically every page having an illustration. The book also has a very clear message - that you shouldn't try to be something you are not.

It is probably not dissimilar in style to Noel's first short story (about a magician and a rabbit), and is quite different from the realism of her other books for children.

Editions and Availability

UK Editions

Dennis the Dragon was published in 1939 by J. M. Dent & Sons. It was illustrated by Ruth Gervis. It does not appear to have been reissued at any stage.

US Editions

There does not seem to have been a US edition of Dennis the Dragon.

Out of Print

Dennis the Dragon is out of print and extremely rare. In February 2004, I have not been able to find any second hand copies available through online booksellers.

 


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