Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons

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Bored with her proper, circumscribed life as a princess, Cimorene runs away to join a powerful, fascinating dragon named Kazul and encounters a host of adventures along the way.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780544541221
Branch Call Number: YA Wrede
Characteristics: 224 pages ;,20 cm


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Kstobo May 05, 2019

Excellent, easy read! An absolute breath of fresh air in the fantasy trope.

bibliosara Feb 27, 2019

This fast-paced romp spins traditional fantasy mores on their head. Wrede's imaginative and engaging style of writing is sure to capture the delight of readers. Cimorene is a reluctant princess, a young woman who earns for adventure and friends who use common sense. So, instead of succumbing to the expecations of royalty, Cimorene runs away to find adventure... by offering her services as a princess to the dragon Kazul. Kazul, although suprised by Cimorene's request to work for her, quickly finds that having a reliable princess to do her cooking, cleaning, and other chores is extremely helpful. As an unexpected friendship develops, Cimorene must also handful would-be suitors (including a knight who needs help breaking a curse), scheming wizards, and more in this adventurous and amusing fantasy.

JCLHebahA Feb 19, 2019

It's always nice to revisit a favorite story and find that it is just as good as you remember it. Princess Cimorene is one of my favorite heroines for her no-nonsense pragmatic streak, at odds against the world she inhabits, where princesses are supposed to be vapid arm candy or trophies rescued from dragons. In this deliciously droll fairy tale, she instead runs off to go live with a dragon, where her pragmatism and intelligence are actually valued. Such a fun read, and a delight to read aloud.

IndyPL_JayneW Jan 24, 2019

In Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede weaves a wonderful tail of action and adventure along with finding and being true to yourself. Readers young and old will enjoy this playful trip through a world full of fairy godmothers, dragons, wizards and witches that reflects on some of silliness of fairytales altogether. Read along as Cimorene discovers that you can decide your own future in a world that is constantly telling her, “It’s simply not done. With classes on how loudly it’s permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant to references of characters from other famous fairytales (King Author, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc), Wrede weaves a fantastically fun not your everyday fairytale that will leave you wanting more. Thankfully there is. Dealing with Dragons stands well enough on its own but it’s also the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

All of which are available at the Indianapolis Public Library!


Imagine having a dragon for a friend: powerful and perhaps capricious, but with your best interests at heart. I have a favourite dragon friend book for every age. For younger readers (maybe 8 and up) I recommend Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons series, about a Princess who decides she’d rather live with the dragons than the princes. As a teenager, Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsinger was my very favourite book. Once I read it through twice on the same day. Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonflight is one of the best dragon friend books for adults, and there are plenty of other books set in her world, Pern, to keep you busy for a while. (Submitted by Rebecca).

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

This fantasy novel is the first in a series of offbeat, engaging, and banter-filled books about spunky Cimorene who would rather live with a dragon than settle for the life of a proper princess. Fast-paced and funny, this book may delight readers of all ages.

Jun 26, 2018

I loved it so much! The book was so funny! A thing that bugged me though, is how the start was a little slow. Otherwise, it was such a good book.

ArapahoeJohanna Aug 17, 2017

This series is still an all-time favorite of mine. They were the first books I ever read that combined humor and fantasy to such great effect, and the brave, no-nonsense heroine is someone I still aspire to be like. I highly recommend it for middle schoolers!

May 24, 2017

My favorite book ever.
I really recommend it.

Beatricksy Feb 13, 2017

I wish I'd read this as a kid. I would have loved this to pieces. Like, there's nothing as awesome as a fierce princess hanging out with dragons. This is a fast paced, light read. Perfectly clean, perfectly adorable. It has an excellent sense of wit. There's not much of a mystery, and the villains are easily dispatched, but that's not the point of the story. It reads a bit like Princess and the Goblin or other older fairy tales, where we just get on with the plot and don't muck around with the fluff, be it description or internal development. I can appreciate a straight-as-an-arrow fantasy sometimes, and this is pretty much as straight as it gets.

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blue_jaguar_257 Aug 10, 2013

((whenever getting rid of somting that always comes bock you have to have a verry smart brain ))

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

“Then they gave me a loaf of bread and told me to walk through the forest and give some to anyone who asked. I did exactly what they told me, and the second beggar-woman was a fairy in disguise, but instead of saying that whenever I spoke, diamonds and roses would drop from my mouth, she said that since I was so kind, I would never have any problems with my teeth.”
“Really? Did it work?”
“Well, I haven’t had a toothache since I met her.”
“I’d much rather have good teeth than have diamonds and roses drop out of my mouth whenever I said something”
― Patricia C. Wrede

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

“I didn't ask what you'd said about it," the frog snapped. "I asked what you're going to do. Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.”
― Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons


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Jul 03, 2014

Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart. . . .
And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon . . . and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for.

crystal_dark Aug 26, 2012

"I want to do things. . . ."

Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away.
Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon.
Princess Cimorene has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird, or a stone prince either.
Princess Cimorene ran away to find some excitement.
She's found plenty. (From Goodreads)


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