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Firetongue's life is miserable because he can't breathe fire and therefore can't join in dragon games. His name also makes him the butt of much ridicule. He seeks advice from Uncle Inferno, whose sense of humour unfortunately often lands young dragons in trouble with their parents. Uncle Inferno tells him his mother forgot to give him fire rock to eat the moment he was born and there's now only one way to fix things--visit Mt Furnace and steal the special fire rock guarded by the Fire God. Firetongue finds both the Fire God and the special fire rock. But neither is what he expects ...

Reviews:

Rita Hestand, who gives it a five-star rating, writes:

Firetongue was a young dragon who could not breathe fire like all the other dragons in his community. He felt very sad, because the others made fun of him. He can’t even play his favorite games, because he has no fire. In fact he feels so bad about it he goes to see Uncle Inferno.

Uncle Inferno is well known in the community for listening to others and telling great tales. When Firetongue told him of his plight, Uncle Inferno understood and told him how to go about getting the fire breath. It was dangerous, but it was the only solution.

Firetongue believed Uncle Inferno and set about his adventure immediately.

Laraine Anne Barker brings us a well written story of dragons, adventure and courage. She weaves a magic that will delight your children and make them eager to turn the page. I highly recommend this one.

© Rita Hestand

author of Pretend Mom and Nick’s Baby

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Christine Spindler writes at E-books for kids (in the “Fun” section):

Despite his fiery name, Firetongue is a dragon without any fire in him. He feels like a social pariah and desperately seeks help. Young and inexperienced as he is, he believes the outrageous tale Uncle Inferno tells him: that he should have been given fire rock to eat as a baby. Now it’s too late, but there’s a way to correct the mistake, and that’s going to Mount Furnace where the Fire God guards a special fire rock. Inferno is sure the boy will not do any such nonsense, but Firetongue is determined to become a “normal” dragon. And off he walks into a frightening adventure full of surprises.

The story has some neat twists, like when the Fire God turns out to be a Goddess who hates being talked to in reverent tones. Firetongue, the problem-ridden dragon boy, is a character kids can easily relate to. The Little Dragon Without Fire is funny and entertaining all the way, with a happy ending totally unlike the one I expected. A perfect bedtime read-to book that guarantees exciting dreams.

© Chrstine Spindler

author of Faces of Fear, one of her Inspector Terry series.

Nine-year-old Nathan Adams writes:

Firetongue is a little dragon without fire. He gets teased a lot and gets left out of the fire games 'cause most dragons have to have fire breath to play most of them. Firetongue is really lonely until he meets Firegoddess.

I love stories about dragons and I liked this one a lot. I thought it was cool that Firetongue and Firegoddess are a lot alike. I had fun reading s this book. It was a really neat story with a great ending.

Review by: Nathanel Adams age 9, Son of Sue Anne Adams

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