Three Tasks for a Dragon

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$19.99  $18.59
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
7.5 X 9.2 X 0.6 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the children's fantasy series Artemis Fowl. His other notable works include Half Moon Investigations, Airman, and The Supernaturalist as well as his previous collaboration with P.J. Lynch, The Dog Who Lost his Bark. The recipient of many awards, he lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

P.J. Lynch has won many awards, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, and the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. He is the author-illustrator of The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower and The Haunted Lake. P.J. Lynch lives in Dublin.
[A] story of gifts discovered in struggle and friendship forged in adversity. . . Colfer draws out details of kingdom-building in lyrical language while interweaving his characters' relatable idiosyncrasies, motives, and griefs. Lynch's sandy orange and misty blue hued watercolor illustrations, replete with detailed dragon profiles and majestic wolfhounds, seamlessly frame the story. . . An elegant and inspired fairy tale that feels both familiar and freshly penned.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A fabulous fairy tale with a standout style that feels pleasingly traditional and yet terrifically fresh, and the well-drawn characters often subvert classic genre expectations. The elegant text is sonorous and suspenseful, always with the feeling of a twinkle in its eye, and every page is splendidly illustrated. . . A wonderfully classic fairy tale that still surprises and delights.
--Booklist (starred review)

A quest that suggests certain death unfolds quite differently in this reason-centered fantasy novella by previous collaborators Colfer and Lynch. . . . Colfer combines thrilling moments and hints of romance, while Lynch provides misty fantasy landscapes and portraits of the story's heroes and villains in expressive art.
--Publishers Weekly

Vibrant, glowing artwork is a highlight, with spot drawings throughout and intricate linework that invites the reader to pause and explore the details of each scene. The trim page count and stunning illustrations make this an appealing offer to reluctant readers, while fantasy and fairy tale buffs will gravitate to this book on their own, based on little more than the promising title that hints at (and ably delivers) a memorable quest.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

A lavishly illustrated epic journey, 'Three Tasks for a Dragon' is bound to leave readers and listeners breathless, start to finish.
--The Reading Eagle