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The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash

The Tale of Custard the Dragon (1936)

by Ogden Nash, Ogden Nash

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Series: Custard the Dragon (book 1)

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Belinda has four pets: a dog, a mouse, a cat, and a dragon. Belinda and her dog, cat, and mouse claim that they are very brave. They all make fun of Custard, the dragon, for being so scary. However, when a pirate climbs through Belinda's window everyone, except for Custard, runs and hides. After Custard ate the pirate everyone makes excuses as to why they ran. Eventually things go back to normal. Belinda, the dog, cat, and mouse all are saying how brave they are and how scary Custard is. This would be a great story to read to students about being brave. ( )
  jpons | Sep 22, 2014 |
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 |
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Nash, Ogdenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nash, Ogdenmain 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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