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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Words: 10,740
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458110930
About Renee Carter Hall

Renee Carter Hall writes fantasy and soft science fiction, with excursions into dark fantasy, literary, and stories for children and young adults. Talking animals tend to slip into her stories whenever they get a chance, and her work has been influenced by storytellers from a range of media, including Beatrix Potter, Steven Spielberg, Ray Bradbury, Jim Henson, Chuck Jones, Brian Jacques, Gene Roddenberry, and Stephen King. Her short stories have appeared in various print, electronic, and audio publications, as well as several anthologies.

Renee lives in West Virginia with her husband Jeff and their cat Bijoux, where she works by day as a medical transcriptionist, a career that allows her to put her perfectionism to good use. When she isn't writing, reading, or trying to figure out what the doctor is saying, she also enjoys creating visual art, and her other loves include cats (big and small), journals and blank books (since most of her first drafts are handwritten), tea, and new age/world music.

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Review by: Mary E. Lowd on Nov. 28, 2011 :
A really likeable dragon story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Gene Wolf 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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: pj wolf 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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Daniel Walker 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 long after purchase)

Review by: tagenar on June 05, 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 within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sean Silva on June 03, 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 within a week of purchase)

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