William the Dragon

Category : book

I have this book that I’ve been carting around since I was little; William the Dragon, by Polly Donnison, who according to the back of the book, is fourteen and has three brothers and an older sister.

It’s about a spoiled dragon adopted by one Lady Wilmount, who has a fantastic flair for fashion.

Though not everyone appreciates it. William likes roast potatoes and jumble sales, and dislikes loud sweaters.

You know how you get attached to books for vague reasons, and only half-remember what happens in them? This is that kind of book. I haven’t looked at it for years and years, but I’ve brought it with me across the country and back, and through three Brooklyn apartments. Is it the sweater?

 

Comments (13)

Graham

This is still a regular favorite at bedtime for my kiddies. I think it is the sweater.

9 years ago
Ruth

This is amazing. My mother is Polly Donnison, and to her this book is a distant memory.

Nice to hear its still loved.

9 years ago
    sarahnicholls

    Well, I’ll be! I love this book, please tell your mother thank you!

    9 years ago
    mark

    This was one of my favourite books as a child as well. Same went for my sister.

    Mark, from canada

    8 years ago
    MARCIA TYERMAN

    Ruth – William the Dragon was almost loved to death by my four children. We brought it from England to Canada when we moved and I read it to many of the children I taught. It disappeared and I spent a small fortune getting a used book online – dirty, smelly but still, it was William. This was the favorite birthday present for my then 35 year old son. Now I just found out that there was a sequel. More William stories! Two things please – is your mother still writing and do you (or anybody else) have an idea of where I can get hold of the other stories? Amazon isn’t being productive. Please convey our great affection for William to your mother.

    7 years ago
    G Adnitt

    I love this book! It’s been my warm comfort through four decades and three cities. Best wishes to your mother, and to you!

    4 years ago
Tom

I think it’s time for a reissue and a book tour! My kids both have loved this book. We only have Volume 1, and I have no idea where we got it. Now we’ll look for volume 2!

7 years ago
    sarahnicholls

    Agree! It’s a classic!

    7 years ago
      Steve

      Funny I’m 42 years old and this story book popped into my mind today and i have never forgotten it i first read it in the seventies Iwant to get this book for my son!

      7 years ago
Joe Boyle

I’ve just tonight read this to my 7 year old daughter on a visit to my parent’s house, having found my old copy of the book in a pile in my old bedroom. We compared favourite pictures and both agreed the plate of roast potatoes was the best of all.

7 years ago
Alix Shepherd

Mabel in the story is my Grandmother Mabel Crook. We have this book signed from Polly to my Grandmother. It’s now my daughter’s book. It’s her favourite and she is taking it for world book day next week.

5 years ago
William

I have a granddad called Bill and another called Wilfred – they both thought I was named after them.
I didn’t have the heart to tell them that my older sister named me after the roast potatoe loving dragon in this story.

4 years ago
Louise

William the Dragon was my favourite book as a child. I’d mentioned it to my boyfriend a while ago and lo and behold the first present I opened on Christmas day was a perfect copy of the book. The best surprise ever! I read it Christmas morning and it was just how I remembered, absolutely brilliant. I love the story, I love the illustration, I love everything about it. I can’t wait to read it to my children (40 years on from when I read it). They are just at the right age, 7 and 9.

3 years ago

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