Real Dragons Don't Wear Sweaters

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
All Dinkums wants is to be a real dragon, a fierce crimson-scaled firebreather like the ones living in the northern caves. Instead, Dinkums is pink, fuzzy, and cute--until Skye, a teen witch bored by school and ready for a challenge, finds a way to transform him. But Dinkums and Skye are both about to learn that being real is more complicated than they bargained for.
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About Renee Carter Hall

Renee Carter Hall writes fantasy and soft science fiction, with excursions into dark fantasy, poetry, and stories for children and teens. Talking animals slip into her stories whenever they get a chance, and her work has been influenced by storytellers from a range of media, including Steven Spielberg, Ray Bradbury, and Jim Henson. Her short stories have appeared in numerous print, electronic, and audio publications, and her most recent book, the anthropomorphic fantasy Huntress, received the 2014 Cóyotl Award for Best Novella.

Renee lives in West Virginia with her husband, their cat, and more books than she will ever have time to read. She can be found online at and on Twitter as @RCarterHall.

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Reviews of Real Dragons Don't Wear Sweaters by Renee Carter Hall

Mary E. Lowd reviewed on Nov. 28, 2011

A really likeable dragon story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Gene Wolf reviewed on Oct. 20, 2011

All I can say is, if you like fantasy and good humor pick up this story. It's a wonderful read. This story is extremely well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Adults will get a chuckle and, if you're a parent, you will definitely enjoy reading it to your children. It will quickly become one of their favorites. I suspect it's hard to write a story that will appeal to both adults and children but "Real Dragons Don't Wear Sweaters" does just that.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
pj wolf reviewed on July 20, 2011

So, simply put, this thing was adorable. It's kinda like a children's novel, so really, you could read this to your kid while s/he is in bed. It's really nice, really cute, and I would highly recommend it.

Interesting that the site reminds you that you haven't written a review.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Daniel Walker reviewed on July 12, 2011

Full disclosure: I'm friends with the author (and apparently inspired the titular character's name somehow).

This is one of the most whimsical things I have ever read, and I expect no less from Ms. Hall. I love not only the charming narrative tone and the humorous situation poor Dinkums finds himself in, but also the melding of magical and modern. This is no Harry Potter knockoff.

This is a story about being careful what you wish for, about fast friendships, family ties, and learning to love yourself. It's absolutely heartwarming and entirely worth reading. I couldn't ask for a better story about dragons.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
tagenar reviewed on June 5, 2011

A fun little read about a cute, cuddly dragon who wants to be fierce and terrifying--like a real dragon.

I would've liked the focus to be more on the dragon getting his wish and less on Skye, the witch-in-training. But as it's written, it's a good read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Sean Silva reviewed on June 3, 2011

A witty, charming tale about a witch's tiny pet dragon who leaves his comfortable home with the hopes of becoming a large, fire-breathing, real dragon. Along the way, he gets a little help from a young, modern day witch in training who uses an iPod instead of a wand to cast her spells. As with all of Renee's stories, her words flow with poetic grace and her excellent, rich storytelling breathes new life into the fantasy genre. An entertaining, must read for people of all ages.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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