How to Train Your Baby Dragon

It’s always a busy and exciting time at work as we say goodbye to one exhibition and welcome in a new one. Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books, has just bid a fond farewell to “Daydreams and Diaries; The Story of Jacqueline Wilson” which has proved a huge success over the past year and I loved the Nick Sharratt illustrations, as you’ll know from a previous post here.

Well, the new exhibition is entitled “A Vikings Guide to Deadly Dragons with Cressida Cowell.” The main focus is on Cowell’s How to Train your Dragon series, with lots of original artwork and manuscripts but there is also going to be items on dragons in general and their place in myth and legend. You can get a taster here.

The other day I was chatting to a friend and colleague about the exhibition and my fondness for dragons and how much fun it would be to have my very own pet dragon. Imagine my surprise when she came to work the next day with this little chap.

He had just hatched and needed adopting. Did I want to take him on, she asked. I was overwhelmed. Of course I would take him. I’ve named him “Sedgwick” after my favourite author Marcus Sedgwick and he will need quite a bit of training.

He is very small.

Tries to camouflage himself against my laptop. And is very inquisitive.

I thought he would be meat eater but he has a strange fascination with vegetables.

(I grew that pumpkin)

He has also made friends with the skinny dogs…..sort of.

Arggggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Poor little Sedgwick! He was understandably rather frightened and flew off to the vegetables and hid in a cabbage.

Where eventually he went to sleep.

I think that part of his training should be to avoid cabbages as it would seem, given this video, Brassica can be fatal for dragons.

 Hopefully, Sedgwick will be well enough trained to leave the house in order to see the opening of the new exhibition at the end of October. I’ll keep you posted.

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18 thoughts on “How to Train Your Baby Dragon

    • “Fanging”…brilliant. Actually, I hadn’t thought that far. There was a suggestion Segwick may be a dwarf variety of dragon so he may not grow too much. But he’s certainly cute at the moment.

    • Honey was desperate to get a jaws round it. She has a habit of collecting our clothes, especially socks and taking them to her bed. She just cuddles them. Perhaps baby dragons smell of sweaty socks.

  1. Awwww so sweet and I love the inquisitive expression as baby dragon was climbing on your funky specs.
    Gorgeous pictures of youR skinny dogs too, they are very smart indeed. Nice pumpkin too btw, did you grow the cabbage too?

    • I’m very proud of the pumpkin, there’s a smaller one too. It’s the first time I’ve managed to grow any. It was the wrong summer to try home produce though, everything else was pitiful. The cabbage came from the market.

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