The Dragon of Og
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This beautiful retelling of a Scottish legend has vigor, imagination, poetry and pace in abundance. Read aloud, slowly, the descriptions of the Dragon. (or of Matilda walking between the cherry trees and the river) to any primary school class and you'll be showing them the ways in which a gifted narrator finds a form to match the feelings to be communicated. The dialogue is particularly fine: spare, colloquial, poetic: in the dialect, she puts not a foot wrong. Pauline Baynes' intriguing cover and splendid pictures complement the telling. Not to be missed.