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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon
by Ute Krause
Age Range: Under_5
It was time to feed the dragon a fat juicy princess as he is very, very hungry. But unfortunately no princess is available. The town’s people are all quaking in fear but they know that there is nothing for it but to give him a child. When Oscar is chosen the dragon is very disappointed that he is not a princess. He is so skinny, just a mere morsel that will hardly satisfy his hunger.
Oscar comes up with an ingenious plan to stay alive. First, he suggests that the dragon fatten him up and then he sends him out to get a professional cooking stove and a long shopping list of ingredients. Soon he is cooking delicious mouth-watering dishes such as grilled aubergine, pasta and homemade ice cream in order to try and tempt the dragon into eating. He offers his captor a different gastronomic menu every day but still the dragon stubbornly refuses to eat as he continues to wait for Oscar to get fatter.
This is a dragon story with a difference by German author and illustrator Ute Krause. Children will enjoy the comical scenarios and the illustrations of Oscar and the grumpy dragon. The pictures are wonderfully detailed watercolour spreads with plenty of amusing elements.