The Flight of Dragons by Peter Dickinson, illustrated by Wayne Anderson

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Published in 1979, this book is amazing.
Click on pictures to enlarge (totally worth it)~

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Terrible confession (where the terrible person is me): I stole this book from my Junior High School library. I loved it, absolutely loved it & one day I noticed that someone had started to deface the book and draw over the art. My library was in the process of putting in security to prevent the theft of books by students so I knew I had a difficult decision to make. I could take it to the librarian & hope they could repair the damage or I could steal the book and thus “rescue” it from further damage by my fellow students. Now, I rarely take things, it’s just not my bag. I don’t even like downloading music or movies, which is why I love Spotify and Amazon Prime. But, I’m, also not the kind of person who can deal with things I love being destroyed. And I was 13, so cut me some slack. Anyway, I put it under my jacket and walked out.
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I’m so glad I did. It didn’t deserve such an ugly fate and I have loved it with the borderline inappropriate love that only fellow bibliophiles understand.

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Yeah, that dragons tail contains “W A” for Wayne Anderson.
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Two dragons fighting

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Gorgeous fish wings.

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Why were the 70s so badass?

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I’m pretty sure she’s the equivalent of a petit four to him.

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The book itself is delightful speculative science/natural history. If you love dragons, do yourself a favor and track it down.
And yes, with the Hobbit dvd & the new season of Game of Thrones, I’ve had dragons on my mind.

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