Duncan the Story Dragon Book
Duncan the Story Dragon Book
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Duncan the Story Dragon

Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll

Published by Alfred A. Knopf


Publisher's Summary

Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately . . . so does his book.

Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends?

This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And milk shakes!

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What was the biggest challenge in creating your first published book, Duncan the Story Dragon?

Honestly, my biggest challenge was overcoming my own fears. For many years I worked toward my dream of becoming a published author/illustrator. With Duncan, that dream was finally coming true. I put tremendous pressure on myself for it to be perfect. I struggled with self-doubt and fear of failure. Once I moved past the goal of perfection and, as I tell my kids, “just did my best”, the process was much more enjoyable. And I’m happy with the result!


  • Age Range: 3-7
  • Pages: 40
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2015
  • ISBN: 0385755074
  • ISBN 13: 978-0385755078
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The Goodfather

Husband. Father. Children's Book Critic Extraordinaire:)

Duncan the Story Dragon is such a clever story with fun illustrations. I love to see the illustrations that bring Duncan's imagination to life and help us join in his reading adventures. The concept of the book is so well thought out, and the ending ties it all together so perfectly!


Mom of Boys

Three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.

Poor Duncan. He loves to read, but because he is a fire breathing dragon he can't seem to ever get to the end of the book without it catching fire. Talk about a problem that needs solving! Instead of giving up and becoming miserable, he finds the best solution of involving someone else, creating a lasting friendship. I like that this story shows that sometimes we do need to turn outwards and ask for help for some things we can't do on our own. This can be difficult, but often creates the most rewarding experiences.


Lemony Snickers

Reading contracts all day long. Not bad, but not quite as fun as reading about hobbits.

author & illustrator

Amanda Driscoll

Amanda is an author and illustrator based in Prospect, Kentucky. As she explains, like “any good Kentucky-born girl,” she “grew up drawing horses.” After earning a degree in Fine Art / Graphic Design from Murray State University, she worked as a graphic designer before launching her own company, Driscoll Creative. When she became a mother, she discovered her true passion: writing and illustrating children’s books. She is now the author and illustrator of three picture books.

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