The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash

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Belinda's pet dragon, Custard, has fire-breathing skills galore but a coward's heart, until an irate pirate breaks into Belinda's house and Custard figures out a way to save Belinda and her pet cat.
 

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Though best remembered for his light verse, Ogden Nash also achieved success as a lyricist -- with "One Touch of Venus, book by S.J. Perelman and music by Kurt Weill -- and as the writer of verses set to classical music such as Saint-Saens "Carnival of the Animals" and Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf." He died in 1971. Lynn Munsinger was born December 24, 1951 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She attended Tufts University and graduated in 1974. The following year she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in illustration. She received her degree in 1977 and continued her studies in London. She has illustrated more than a dozen popular books for Houghton Mifflin Company. Since 1978, she has illustrated over 70 children's books for over 25 different authors, but is best well known for her partnership with Helen Lester. Munsinger and Lester have been together since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983 with Houghton Mifflin Company and Walter Lorraine, their editor. They have collaborated on the Tacky the Penguin series and many other popular titles including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator.
 
Published April 1, 1995 by Little Brown & Co (Juv). 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The late Ogden Nash's (Custard and Company) wordplayful 1936 rhyme gets a fresh start with timeless illustrations by Munsinger (Ho for a Hat!; One Hungry Monster). Title character Custard, the ``reali

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Custard cowers in fear--until a nasty pirate shows up and inspires his dragonly instincts.

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while these housemates boast of their brave deeds, cowardly Custard cries for ``a nice safe cage.'' Yet when a pirate invades their home, the smaller pets desert Belinda (``Ink trickled down to the bottom of the household,/ And little mouse Blink strategically mouseholed''), and Custard courageou...

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