Monday, December 15, 2008

Recommended title: Sleeping Dragons All Around

Sleeping dragons all around / Sheree Fitch.
Doubleday Canada, 1989.
Subjects: Dragons -- Fiction ; Bedtime -- Fiction ; Stories in rhyme
ISBN:0385251653; 0385253982 (pbk.)

Canadian book publishing is a fickle thing. Canadian childrens' book publishing perhaps more so.

As you can imagine I am a pretty avid library user but some books I just HAVE TO OWN. And Sleeping Dragons All Around, by Sheree Fitch, is one such book. We discovered it at the library and have blessed the fine free status of Vancouver children for two years. I have sought to buy it new and sat on the out of stock lists. I have scrounged and begged for used copies. I was prepared to pay the exorbitant 'rare' book price this MUST have was garnering.

This past school libraries day I read this poetic chronicle of dragons from Priscilla in pink pantaloons through Ching-Chung, Lindy Lean and all the rest to two classes of Vancouver kids -- always a winner. As recent as this morning I was angling to have the school library I was visiting rank their copy 'discard' so I could, quite shamelessly, ferret away with the product for myself.

Then tonight I learn -- oh, bonnie day! A reprint will be run for the 20th Anniversary of Sleeping Dragons, January 2009. Here's hoping it will be a bit hit, again! And, if you prefer to just check it out on the library shelf off you go.

ps. Do investigate my source here, Just one more book, a bright new podcast source for m'self.



Blogger Mad said...

I was going to email you today to see if you'd heard it was being republished.

Just One More Book is great, isn't it?

6:36 a.m.  
Blogger Andrea said...

I am going to have to check that one out.
Thank you.

7:19 p.m.  
Blogger kittenpie said...

I love Sheree Fitch - her Toes in My Nose never fails to get a giggle out of an audience.

8:18 p.m.  

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