Timothy and the Dragon's Gate

Timothy and the Dragon's Gate

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From the author of Alex and the Ironic Gentleman comes the second tale in this magical series--the adventures of a smart-aleck young boy who must protect a thousand-year-old dragon and return him to China.
Publisher: New York : Weinstein Books, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781602860230
1602860238
Branch Call Number: j F KRESS A
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 22 cm.

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haywardfamily Jan 14, 2012

Good. Not as good as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman though. Some of the characters from Alex and the Ironic Gentleman are in this book.

This book is not as spectacular as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. Though it still delivers what you would expect from Kress; fun witty characters and adventure at every turn, it lacks that certain kick that I recieved from The Ironic Gentleman. It was a tad dissapointing.
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This book is not as spectacular as Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. Though it still delivers what you would expect from Kress; fun witty characters and adventure at evry turn, it lacks that certain kick that I recieved from The Ironic Gentleman. It was a tad dissapointing.

dascott Feb 18, 2011

I don't have any children. I've never really felt any desire to be a parent.

Every once in a while, though, I read a children's book and wish I had children I could read it to. "Timothy and the Dragon's Gate" is one of those books.

Young Timothy is a boy who is too smart for his own good. (Timothy, of course, disagrees with this assessment because, well, he's too smart for his own good.) He has managed to get himself expelled from every school in the city, leaving his father uncertain with to do with the lad. So, he takes his son to work one day. And there Timothy meets an elderly Chinese man named Mr. Shen, who is not what he seems to be... and Timothy is caught up in a number of whirlwind adventures.

This is an excellent follow-up to Kress' earlier children's novel, "Alex and the Ironic Gentleman". (It's not strictly necessary to have read "Alex" before reading "Timothy", but doing so greatly increases the enjoyment of the second story.) "Timothy" is funny, exciting and has a moral as our young hero learns a few life lessons (although the reader is not bashed over the head with this moral; it develops slowly, subtly and realistically).

If you've got those children that I never had, do them a favour and read this book to them. And "Alex and the Ironic Gentleman" while you're at it.

Heck, even if you don't have kids of your own, read them anyway. You won't be disappointed

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