October 01, 1979 12:00 PM

by Peter Dickinson

This whimsical work contains all you’ve ever wanted to know about dragons—and more. The chapter on flight explains drolly how dragons fly in the face of all aerodynamic principles. A formula is cited to explain the dragon’s chemical composition, and readers will learn why many dragons hoard gold and precious jewels. The life cycle of the dragon started, of course, with an egg, and the infant dragon is a charmer. All the top dragons in folklore and fiction turn up in this volume, and Wayne Anderson’s illustrations glow with the patina of ancient parchment. If gnomes can inspire a best-selling book, why not dragons? (Harper & Row, $17.50)

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