The Resource The dragon's eye, Dugald Steer ; illustrated by Douglas Carrel

The dragon's eye, Dugald Steer ; illustrated by Douglas Carrel

Label
The dragon's eye
Title
The dragon's eye
Statement of responsibility
Dugald Steer ; illustrated by Douglas Carrel
Title variation
  • Dragonology chronicles, vol. 1
  • Dragonology chronicles, volume 1
  • Dragonology chronicles: the dragon's eye
  • dragons eye
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Spending the summer on the Maine coast with Dr. Drake, 2 siblings are introduced to dragonology and must use this knowledge to foil the evil Ignatius Crook
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Review
  • After success with such imaginative books as the Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology (2003) and the Dragonology Handbook (2005), Steer is launching the Dragonology Chronicles, a series of adventures based on the purportedly nonfiction writings of the eccentric dragonologist, Dr. Ernest Drake. This first entry is narrated by 12-year-old Daniel Cook, who, along with his sister, Beatrice, is sent to a school run by Dr. Drake, where the youngsters pursue the secret study of dragons. Mysterious happenings lead the children to accompany the doctor on a search for the Dragon's Eye, the key to the fate of all the dragons, which is being sought by the evil Ignatious Crook. Steer infuses the exciting story with the flavor of a nineteenth-century novel and incorporates some of the equipment, spells, and dragon lore found in his earlier books. Dragon lovers will be well pleased. -- Sally Estes (Reviewed 01-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 9, p104)
  • Gr 5— 8—Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (2003) and The Dragonology Handbook: A Practical Course in Dragons (2005, both Candlewick) are purported to be guides written by Dr. Ernest Drake, one of Victorian-era Britain's foremost dragonologists. Steer, their real author, has now written the first of a series of novels about Dr. Drake as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Daniel Cook, one of his apprentices. In 1882, Daniel and his older sister are unaware that their mother and father are dragonologists working in India for the colonial government. The children are at first disappointed when they are shipped directly from their boarding school to Dr. Drake's-they had been promised a summer holiday with their parents-but the eccentric man introduces them to their first dragons and they're soon hooked on the "science." A sinister rival, Ignatius Crook, hopes to claim a gem, the Dragon's Eye, that would give him powers over the dragons of the British Isles, and Drake and his crew are determined to stop him. Soon Drake, Daniel, and Beatrice are journeying all over the nation by train and boat and on dragonback to track down the precious stone. This book will be lots of fun for fans of the beautifully illustrated "Dragonology" titles, but as a work of fantasy, it is merely average. The art, critical in a work like this one, is unspectacular; several of the adult characters, in particular Crook, are stereotypes; and the young protagonists lack depth.—Walter Minkel, New York Public Library --Walter Minkel (Reviewed January 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 1, p138)
  • The year is 1882, in this first volume of the Dragonology Chronicles, and Daniel and Beatrice's parents leave the siblings in the care of their friend Dr. Drake while they attend to their mysterious "work." Dr. Ernest Drake, an eccentric "dragonologist" (whose name will be familiar to Dragonology fans), proceeds to teach them the skills of dragonology--the care and protection of the beasts that society believes are mythical but are actually just well camouflaged. The children learn of the Dragon Master, a human who had authority over the field; before his death, the last Dragon Master, Ebenezer Crook, decided that his post should remain vacant, and the Dragon Eye gem, the symbol of the Master's authority and which bears Crook's reflection, is hidden. Enter Ignatius Crook, son of Ebenezer, who is intent on finding the gem, and steals Dr. Drake's dragon diary for clues to its whereabouts. A thought-provoking allegory on the conservation of animals lurks just below the surface of the novel (Crook felt that dragons should be allowed to go extinct if that is their destiny, while Drake feels it is man's responsibility to protect all creatures). Steer's story strongly resembles its best-selling journal-like predecessors, only in narrative form. The author liberally sprinkles countless species and their attributes, along with bits of history and dragon lore, around the tale of Drake vs. Crook. It might seem slight on its own, but as a companion to Dragonology the book is quite satisfying and charming. Ages 9-up. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed November 20, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 46, p59)
  • In this paint-by-numbers spin-off from the popular Dragonology (2003) and its many progeny, Steer pitches two young apprentice dragonologists into a struggle between scientific dragon researcher Dr. Ernest Drake and his unscrupulous rival, Ignatius Crook, for control of a powerful talisman. Thrilled to discover not only that dragons exist, but that their absent parents have actually been off in India for the past four years on a secret dragon rescue project, impulsive Daniel and his spunky sister Beatrice are repeatedly ambushed, captured, threatened and tricked by Crook and his evil Russian ally Alexandra Gorynytchka, while trailing Dr. Drake in search of a gem that's one of 12 hidden "treasures" with assorted magical properties. Unabashedly pandering to rabid dracophiles, the author has dragons, though supposedly rare, popping up continually in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and also gives his learned Doctor no compunctions about taking timeouts for lectures on dragon lore. Though illustrated with full-page, elaborately detailed views of characters and creatures, this outing is not only trite, it lacks the visual appeal of its "nonfictional" predecessors. (Fantasy. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
160844
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Steer, Dugald
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
910L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Carrell, Douglas
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The dragonology chronicles
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dragons
  • Good and evil
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Magic
  • Brothers and sisters
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The dragon's eye, Dugald Steer ; illustrated by Douglas Carrel
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 221 pages
Isbn
9780763628109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780763628109
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The dragon's eye, Dugald Steer ; illustrated by Douglas Carrel
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • volume
  • sheet
Carrier category code
  • nc
  • nb
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 221 pages
Isbn
9780763628109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780763628109
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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