You've Got Dragons

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Peachtree, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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A gently humorous, reassuring story that will help take the worry out of childhood fears.
"Dragons come when you least expect them. You turn around... and there they are." Worries, fears, anxieties... they are all dragons and they sneak up on most of us at one time or another. Lots of people get them. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of. So what can a young boy with a bad case of the dragons do?
He can pretend they are not there... but they are. He can pretend that they are really quite harmless... but they usually are not. Hugs from his mom help. Looking his dragon straight in the eye at least once every day helps even more. But most reassuring of all is the reminder that dragons don't stay forever.
Kathryn Cave's lighthearted style and illustrator Nick Maland's appealing pen-and-ink drawings exaggerate the humor of the text without minimizing the seriousness of the underlying themes. It is the perfect read-aloud story for young children whose fears can sometimes get the better of them.

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About the author (2003)

KATHRYN CAVE is the author of many books for children, including Henry Hobbs, William and the Wolves, and Many Happy Returns, which was named one of the best books of the year in 1986 by the Federation of Children's Book Groups. Her book Something Else was the recipient of the UNESCO Award in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kate Greenaway Award.

NICK MALAND is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He has collaborated with author Kathryn Cave on two previous books, The Brave Little Grork and The Boy Who Became an Eagle. He was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award in 1996 for Welcome Night and the Children's Book Award in 1998 for Brave Whale.

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