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Hilarious for both grown ups and kids- we read it over and over.

-- Liz

What a charming, charming book. ... It would be an excellent read aloud book for someone with children

-- Paul

Poo-Poo and the Dragons

C. S. Forester

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One day Poo-Poo, otherwise known as Harold Heavysie Brown, meets a dragon up a fucsia bush, and since he is a nice, friendly dragon, "quite a fair size as dragons go, — something between a duck and a motor bus," Poo-Poo and the dragon become fast friends and begin romping and galumphing through oodles of hilarious adventures. Horatio (that's the dragon's name: Horatio Heavyside Dragon), has manners that are as good as gold and even laughs at Mr. Brown's jokes (Mr. Brown is Poo-Poo's very clever father). However, in spite of his good manners Horatio manages to get into a load of trouble and Poo-Poo and Mr. and Mrs. Brown have their hands full trying to explain (using a very unconventional but effective sort of logic) why Horatio has been stealing watermelons, eating radios, blocking traffic, causing earthquakes, making noises as if "a million lawn-mowers were being pushed over a mile of pebble beach", and, well, so many other things that I think you just better read the story for yourself.

Be forewarned that you are going to be introduced to a number of characters with names such as Fluffkin Skinilimbs, Mrs. Theodosia Devereux and her baby son, Marmaduke Prendergast Devereux, Hexekiah Kirkpatrick, and George Fabricius Marinelli, to name a few. (And, if I were you, I should try to remember what all their names ARE!)

C.S. Forester came up with the premise for the book during one of his at home periods in the Berkeley hills during WW2. The younger of his two sons, 8 year old George, suffered from food allergies (unknown to the medical profession at the time) and didn't want to eat. Forester made up the stories to tell during meal times (usually lunch), but would only tell them if George kept eating his meal. If George stopped eating, Forester stopped talking mid-sentence. By the time George began to show improvement, there were a number of Poo-Poo stories and three dragons. Forester collected the stories in manuscript form and Little Brown (and Michael Joseph) published it.

Poo-Poo and the Dragons was a favorite childhood book for countless readers after its publication in 1942, but has been out-of-print for years. For all those fans waiting to introduce this treasured classic to a new generation, Enetpress is proud to present Poo-Poo and the Dragons and the original illustrations in digital form and include short pieces by its primary audience: George and John Forester.

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