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I love children's books and the boys enjoy listening to audiobooks in the car so I was pleased to spot this copy of Puff The Magic Dragon, complete with accompanying CD, for just 1.75 on Amazon a few months ago. This was kept as part of a bundle to give to my three year old son at Christmas.
Out of all of his new stories, this was probably the one that he was least attracted to and the last one that he chose to read. The front cover is very dark and drab, representative of the interior pages, and the dragon isn't all that prominent or appealing as it is effectively camouflaged by the dull green colouring of the front page.
This is not actually a story at all, simply the reprinting of the lyrics to a popular song Puff the Magic Dragon. I do recognise the song and am familiar with the lyrics but I do not have any particularly strong memories of the song or any emotional attachment so this story doesn't really offer any nostalgic appeal to me as an adult and it does not seem to engage my boys as the words to a rather dull story.
Reading the story to my son is quite difficult as the song lyrics don't particularly lend themselves to being read aloud. The song lyrics are quite short but also very repetitive but not in a particularly rhythmic or catchy way, simply having the final line of the verse written twice. I also find that the wording does not flow especially well when being read aloud and I trip up over the boy's name of Jackie Paper. This seems an odd choice of name, although I am aware of some rumours that the name and other words used throughout the story have drug-related connotations. The final cover to this paperback copy suggests a far more innocent backstory to the song but perhaps the drug rumours makes a pretty bland song and story a little more exciting.
Even the addition of the CD, featuring the original song, does not make this version worthy of a purchase or a recommendation.