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How to Raise and Keep a Dragon: An Owner's Manual, by Joseph Nigg

beginning, of course, with the question: Why?

Why keep a dragon? There are many reasons. What else can protect your treasure . . . impress your friends . . . make diamonds out of coal . . . work as a model for coats of arms . . . heat your home? Kids who enjoy whimsy will be delighted by this beautifully illustrated owner's manual for dragon fanciers. It tells about the wide range of different dragons available, the characteristics of each, and the equipment and supplies that every dragon owner should have on hand. (For instance, a fire extinguisher.) The book is a fanciful blend of dragon lore and colorful art, the latter including diagrams of parts of winged and non-winged dragons, portraits of sea serpents, depictions of Asian dragons, and many others. More than 250 color illustrations in all. Here's a book that's fun from first page to last.

About the author, taken from his website:

Joseph (Joe) Nigg has been writing about mythical beasts ever since he became intrigued by a fantastic animal figure on an antique lamp in his study. The winged lion with a fish tail led him to the local art museum, where he was allowed to hold an ancient Persian cup embossed with griffins. That experience resulted in his first book, The Book of Gryphons (Apple-wood Books, 1982), a lavishly illustrated history of the eagle-lion beast. Since then, his scope has broadened to the host of mythical beasts worldwide.

[Joseph Nigg] has done for the world of fantastical animals what Joseph Campbell did more generally for the world of myth. —Jeff VanderMeer, The New York Review of Science Fiction

A fine story about Joe Nigg, by Jeff VanderMeer, in "Realms of Fantasy" magazine, February 2009
November 27, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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