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Ellie's Dragon

Bob Graham



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Walker Books
09 July 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK - I'm an unashamed fan of Bob Graham's sweet and non-judgemental creations. There's nothing saccharine about his picture books but they manage to capture real moments in a child's life with unerring gentleness. Ellie finds a dragon in the egg section of the supermarket when she is very little, takes him home and keeps him safe and fed. Adults never see him, but other children do. As Ellie grows, so does Scratch but Ellie also becomes more distracted by the world around her, and slowly Scratch fades… Another classic from the master - and for others of his many fans, if they look carefully enough, they will see references to other characters from previous books. Lindy Jones


No friendship is imaginary.

When Ellie is very little, she finds a newborn dragon fresh from the egg on a supermarket shelf, and calls him Scratch. He is quite the sweetest thing she has ever seen! From that day on, Ellie and Scratch do everything together. Ellie's mum and her teacher can't see her fiery friend, but all her friends can - and, over the years, Ellie's dragon grows to be big, house-trained, and very affectionate. And Ellie is growing, too...

A moving story about the wonders of imagination and the nature of growing up from one of Australia's most revered bookmakers.
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 295mm,  Width: 255mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   515g
ISBN:   9781406387629
ISBN 10:   1406387622
Pages:   40
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bob Graham is a Kate Greenaway-winning bookmaker who has written and illustrated many acclaimed children's picture books including The Poesy Ring, Home in the Rain, How to Heal a Broken Wing, How the Sun Got to Coco's House, Max,Jethro Byrde: Fairy Child and The Underhills. His 2011 title, A Bus Called Heaven, is endorsed by Amnesty International UK and was the winner of the 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award - a prize Bob has won an unprecedented seven times. He has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister's Literary Award in Australia twice, in 2014 for Silver Buttons and in 2017 for Home in the Rain. Bob lives in Melbourne.

Reviews for Ellie's Dragon

Parents and children alike will love sharing this evocative story of imagination, the passing of time, and the nature of growing up. Al l this with Graham's distinctive illustrations. Highly recommended. * The School Librarian *

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