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Nov 09 2011

Poggle and the treasure by Michael Evans

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Egmont, 2011. ISBN 978-1405248129.
Poggle is an enchanting baby dragon with a cheerful, gentle, teddy bear face who lives in a jaunty striped beach hut at the beach where his adventures take place. In this story, he and his best friend Henry have spent a grand day playing pirates . . . they've made a pirate ship, eaten a pirate lunch and fought a scary sea monster. Now, in the best tradition of all pirates, they are digging for treasure. But what they find is not the chest of riches, they expect. It is an egg, which they lovingly tend to until it hatches. The creature that emerges will be familiar to the children, but not to Poggle and Henry, and there's a certain delight in knowing something others don't. The ending has a delightful twist and both Poggle and Henry agree they found REAL treasure.
Michael Evans has crafted a great story that Miss 5 really enjoyed (especially guessing what might be in the egg) and his illustrations add a touch of humour that we both enjoyed. We talked about the things that come from eggs (she's familiar with these because we have chooks) and what real treasure is. It's not always jewels and gold. I'm sure this one will be a read-again next time she comes.
Barbara Braxton

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