Readers of the book bunnies blog are probably well aware that Caramel is a fan of everything dragon. Today he talks about a book he recently got his paws on that allowed him to build his own paper dragons! Below he talks to Sprinkles about Paper Flying Dragons by Pat Murphy and the Scientists at Klutz Labs.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, as usual, I will ask you to tell us a bit about this book.
Caramel: How about I read the introduction to you?
S: Okay go for it!
C: Here you go:
Dragons make terrible pets. For one thing, they can be a nasty fire hazard. For another, the airspace that a full-grown dragon needs for proper exercise is impossible to provide if you live within 120 miles of an airport. So this book provides the next best thing to a pet dragon: flying models of amazing dragons that you make from paper.
S: You are right Caramel, that does give us a pretty good explanation of what is in the book. So you get to make some paper dragons yourself using the pages of the book, right?
C: Yes, there are pages to make the Aoraki ice dragon, the Scarlet Patagonian Dragon, hatchlings of various mountain dragons, Cook’s Sea Dragon, and the Kalahari sun dragon, and the Huo Jien Thunder Dragon, which is a battle dragon. And finally there is a robo-dragon.
S: Wait, what is a battle dragon?
C: A dragon that is meant for battle. The book says they were domesticated more than two thousand years ago in China.
S: Um, I am not sure that is exactly true.
C: Yeah, I know they probably don’t exist. But when I am dreaming of having my own pet dragon and all I get instead is a paper flying thingie, I want to think of it as real.
S: I can understand that of course.
S: So which dragons did you end up making so far?
C: I made both of the mountain dragons, the sea dragon, the battle dragon, the sun dragon, and two of the baby hatchling dragons.
S: That is a lot of dragons! Do they fly?
C: Some of them fly much better than others. I probably did not make the others very well. But the robo-dragon flies really well. And the battle dragon also flies pretty well.
S: So which is your favorite among the dragons you made?
C: I like them all equally. You say that to me and Marshmallow all the time. It would not be nice if I picked favorites.
S: I see. So I won’t push you further in this direction then. Here is another question for you: you have been playing with these dragons for a few days now. Are they sturdy enough for your bunny paws to be played with that many days in a row?
C: Yes! I did give them a day off today, so they could rest. All the flying must tire their wings.
S: You are a thoughtful bunny!
C: What can I say except you’re welcome?
S: I recognize that phrase, and the melody you sang it with! It’s Maui from Moana.
C: Yes, you got me.
S: So would you recommend this book to other bunnies?
C: Oh, yes, of course. Especially if they want to have flying dragons! There are twelve of them you can make, and then there is some text about each type of dragon. Apparently people all around the world have stories about different types of dragons. They are not like the dragons I read in the Wings of Fire or How to Train Your Dragon series, but they are a bit more real, more like the stories of dragons you’d hear before those books.
S: And you like that too, right?
C: Yes, I like those series, but I like these dragons a lot, too. They are from all over the world, there are dragons from China, from New Zealand, from the Kalahari desert, all around. It’s so awesome! And they can fly! That is even cooler!
S: So I can see you still have a couple more dragons to build, and you are keen to play with the ones you already have built. So let us wrap up this review. What would you like to tell our readers?
C: Get yourself a copy of this book and build your own dragons! And of course, stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!