How to raise and keep a dragon
Edited by Joseph Nigg
Illustrated by Dan Malone
Ages 9 to 12
Barron’s, 2006, 0-7641-5920-8
Many of us, at some time or other, have considered what it might be like to have a dragon for a pet. If you are such a person and are seriously considering getting a dragon, you would be wise to read this book very carefully before doing so. The author begins by discussing the pros and cons of having a dragon for a pet. You must make sure that you know what you are getting into before it is too late. Dragons make wonderful companions and they can be great fun to have around, but they also have special needs and the larger breeds are very expensive to keep. Naturally these animals can also be dangerous and you have to be willing to deal with the consequences if your pet goes on a rampage.
If you have decided that you do indeed want a pet dragon, then the next step is to choose a breed which is suits our personality, your way of life, and your bank account. For example, if have an interest in knowing what the future holds, if you want a larger breed, and if you have a spring on your property then you might choose to get a Drakon If you are looking for something a little smaller then a Mashussu might suit you. This kind of dragon is “good with children” and is a handsome creature to look at. If you have an average sized house of apartment, you might want to consider getting a miniature and not a full-sized dragon.
In part three of this excellent guide readers will learn how to “Raise the perfect dragon.” You will learn how to identify a healthy egg or animal, how to name your dragon, how to house and feed your pet, what equipment and supplies you might need, how to transport your pet to its new home, and much more. Parts four and five concentrate on training and showing your pet.
Finally the author includes an excellent resources and bibliography section. If you need to know where to get your new pet and want some further reading matter, these pages will be very useful to you.
There can be no doubt that dragon fans of all ages will find this book enormously entertaining and many readers will find themselves wishing fervently that they could indeed buy themselves a dragon egg to hatch out. Not only is the text written with great skill and with some delicious tongue-in-cheek humor, but the artwork is splendid and there are many maps, diagrams, and forms to fill out which makes reading this book a truly interactive experience.
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