The Dragon Companion: An Encyclopedia

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Brand new edition in a big new format – and with bigger, scarier dragons!

Dragons come in all shapes and sizes – six legs or no legs; as big as mountains or as small as dogs; black, pink, multi-coloured. They can be brave or cowardly, kind or cruel, smart or stupid, good or downright evil.

The Dragon Companion is an A-Z encyclopedia of dragons. Within its pages you will find many dragons. Though there are some modern dragon stories, most of the stories have been told for hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. As well as stories, you will find all sorts of dragonish information, from how many claws they have, to uses for their blood. The Companion is illustrated with gorgeous images by Dean Jones.

You can read The Dragon Companion from beginning to end, or you can dip into it on any page. You can go on your own dragon trail by following linked entries.

The Dragon Companion is currently out of print but maybe available from your school or local public library.


“The encyclopaedic format is an excellent choice… The artwork is striking… The stories beg to be read aloud. Wilkinson’s retellings are colloquial, simply written versions of the original folklore… an amazingly esoteric collection of facts… enhanced by gloriously coloured and gilded illustrations.”

 — Magpies, September 2007

“…an A-Z treasure trove of information on everything relating to dragons… simply a must for any fantasy enthusiast…”

 — Buzz Words, 2008

“The meticulous detail of the entries will appeal to the fans of these magical creatures.”

 — Judges’ comments, 2008 CBCA Awards, 2008

“…here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about dragons in ancient myth and more recent fiction — and some that you didn’t!”

 — Readings Summer Reading Guide, 2007