The Dragon's Dentist by John McLay

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Eric is a dragon. A big, scary, grumpy dragon that everyone is afraid of. Harry wants to be a knight in waiting but is stuck cleaning shields. His dad is a knight. His brother is a knight. Even his sister is a knight! So one day Harry decides to capture Eric to prove he too could be a knight. He bravely sets off on his mission but things don’t turn out quite like Harry expected.

A hilarious new Early Reader story about a knight, a dragon and a horse called Oats from John McLay and Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown.

Blue Early Reader books are the first stepping stone to independent reading, perfect for sharing and reading together.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review another title in the Early Reader series, Twit.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Tracey and Robyn, age 5 - 'Robyn loved Twit...We found the story funny and engaging. The illustrations were brilliant and really helped to tell the story.' Read full review >
  • Emma Johnson, age 4 - 'Emma loved reading this book together and it has really encouraged her to read harder books all on her own.' Read full review >
  • Peggy Howarth, age 6 - 'I loved this book , Twit the Owl is a very sweet Owl who is a little bit dim...I have read the book six times already, I love it.' Read full review >
  • Florence Bridgeman, age 4 - 'The adventure of a little owl with older brothers who like tricking him till one day he gets his own back! Perfect for little readers!' Read full review >
  • James McNichol, age 4 - 'A short story about a little owl called Twit who learns to stick up for himself...Overall it’s a lovely book and good for children who are just starting to read.' Read full review >
  • Elliot Bateman, age 6 - 'I liked the silly things that Twit did, like getting stuck in a hole.  They were very funny.' Read full review >
  • Rob (and mum), age 4 - 'A humorous story for young 'early readers' who find chapter books a little daunting.' Read full review >
  • Nate Anderson, age 6 - 'I think Twit is great. I like it when Twit says "thank you for telling me to stick myself up" instead of "stick up for myself"' Read full review >


The Dragon's Dentist by John McLay

Harry wishes he was a knight. All his family are. So, one morning, as he sits cleaning the shields after a very muddy battle, he decides to do a great deed. He decides to capture Eric the Dragon.

Early Readers from Orion Children's Books are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Each one is full colour throughout with big bold illustrations on every page.


This is an engaging and amusing story, with copious very fetching illustrations by Martin Brown, who is well known for his HORRIBLE HISTORIES artwork... Children in the early stages of reading will get a lot of enjoyment from THE DRAGON'S DENTIST, and a justifiable sense of pride that they have read a chapter book. -- Anne Harding THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN JOURNAL

About the Author

John McLay is extremely well connected in the children's publishing world. He was Director of Bath Literary Festival for six years, and also works as an international scout, literary agent and reviewer. Martin Brown is the illustrator of Horrible Histories (, which, in addition to the hugely successful book series, has also been made into an award-winning BBC TV programme, exhibitions, games and stage shows. Martin has also illustrated for Philip Pullman and is currently working on his own non-fiction animal book for children. He lives with his family in Dorset.

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 6


John McLay
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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

6th February 2014




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