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The Reluctant Dragon Audio

The Reluctant Dragon Audio

Kenneth Grahame
For ages 6 to 10
Unabridged audiobook (Cassette)
Performed/read by: Anton Lesser
Cover to Cover Cassettes, 2001   ISBN: 1855498863

Once day a shepherd comes back from his work tending his sheep in a real state. It would appear that there is a dragon living in a cave on the Downs, and everyone knows that dragons and sheep just don’t mix. Luckily for everyone, the shepherd’s son is a scholarly young fellow and he announces that he - knowing more about dragons than everyone else – will take care of the scaly problem.

The boy and the dragon soon strike up a pleasant acquaintance, and the boy soon learns that the dragon is a “lazy beast” who is not in the slightest bit interested in fighting knights or eating maidens. He is quite happy to rest quietly and mind his own business. The problem is that the dragon simply cannot seem to grasp the idea that people think of his kind as being dangerous. What on earth is the boy to do with this reluctant dragon who won’t fight to protect himself when Saint George of dragon slaying fame comes to town?

Wonderfully read with enthusiasm and humour, this classic tale will give children of all ages great pleasure. Anton Lesser tells the story with country accents and a wonderful narrative style.