Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el

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Everybody knows your typical dragon breathes fire.

But when Crispin tries to breathe fire on his seventh birthday, fire doesn't come out—only whipped cream! Each time Crispin tries to breathe fire, he ends up with



teddy bears?

Crispin wonders if he’ll ever find his inner fire. But when a family emergency breaks out, it takes a little dragon with not-so-typical abilities to save the day.

With wry humor and whimsical illustrations, Not Your Typical Dragon is the perfect story for any child who can't help feeling a little bit different.

About Dan Bar-el

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Dan Bar-el ( is an award-winning children's author, storyteller, and educator who lives in Vancouver, Canada. Tim Bowers ( has illustrated more than twenty-five children's books and garnered various awards, including the Chicago Public Library's “Best of the Best” list. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.
Published February 7, 2013 by Viking Children's. 41 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Accepting people for who they are is the gentle message of Bar-el's latest, which readers may find reminiscent, if not duplicative, of the film How to Train Your Dragon.

Dec 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Not Your Typical Dragon

Publishers Weekly

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A young dragon who doesn’t fit the mold still finds a way to save the day in this comically offbeat story about embracing individuality.

Dec 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Not Your Typical Dragon

The Globe and Mail

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Not Your Typical Dragon teaches children about the importance of helping others

Mar 08 2013 | Read Full Review of Not Your Typical Dragon

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