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The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
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The Tale of Custard the Dragon (1936)

by Ogden Nash

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Series: Custard the Dragon (book 1)

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Belinda lived in a house with a pet cat called ink a mouse called blink her dog called mustard and her pet dragon called custard. Now they were all so brave except for custard who just cried for a cage. One day a pirate appeared and the only one to keep his cool was custard who just ate up the pirate. afterwards custard went back to crying for a cage. This poem is about being brave when you usually aren't. ( )
  ecosborne | Mar 11, 2012 |
This is a picture book about a little girl who has a dragon for a pet. The dragon was not very brave until an intruder came into the house. This book contains a lot of rhyming words, which sometimes don't make sense in the context of the story. The illustrations are very nice. ( )
  Elizabeth1977 | Jun 9, 2011 |
An adorable story about a "realio, trulio little pet dragon" who isn't as brave as everyone else - until, that is, a pirate comes in the window. The rhyming is as charming as Nash always is, and his attention to rhythm is much better than usual! The illustrations by Linell are expressive and childlike. ( )
  MerryMary | Sep 29, 2009 |
delightful nonsense poem
  mtandukar | Jul 16, 2009 |
I saw this in the store and had to pick it up. Ogden Nash had a real ear for language, I tell you. The story flows along at a nice, bouncy, evocative pace, and the illustrations complement it nicely.

A few reviewers elsewhere have commented that they find the non-dragon characters mean-spirited - they "tickle Custard unmerciful", "rudely call him Percival", and after the danger is past and gone (gotta love a book where a dragon eats a pirate!) they declare that THEY were really braver than Custard after all!

I see the point, though I see their teasing as more familial than mean-spirited. However, if this is a concern to you, you should definitely read the poem before buying the book - it's easy enough to find on Google. ( )
  conuly | Apr 6, 2009 |
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Nash, Ogdenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Munsinger, LynnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, LinellIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For John, with love. -- L.M. (1995 edition illus. by Lynn Munsinger)
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Belinda lived in a little white house,
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse,
And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon,
And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316590312, Paperback)

Do you remember brave Belinda and her "realio, trulio, little pet dragon"? This Ogden Nash classic has been a favorite of children for more than 60 years and until recently was unavailable in a picture-book version. Artist Lynn Munsinger has rejuvenated the poem with her chuckle-inducing illustrations of no-nonsense Belinda and the cowardly green and purple dragon Custard. Belinda was a brave role model for young girls back when females weren't encouraged to stand up for themselves, and Custard's hidden reserve of strength has no doubt inspired children for several generations. Hooked on Custard? The next adventure unfolds in Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight, which followed this popular picture book. (Ages 3 to 8)

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In this humorous poem, Custard the cowardly dragon saves the day when a pirate threatens Belinda and her pet animals.

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