The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (Audio)

Composer: 
Jack Prelutsky
Artist Group: 
Jack Prelutsky
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publisher Catalog Number: 
FTR 168
Length in minutes: 
51

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ISBN: 
0807282723
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ASIN: 
0807202223
List Price: 
18.00
Rating: 
4
Publication Date: 
1994
Miscellaneous: 
ISBN of original item: 0807202223, but OP, so I put the ISBN to the set that contains Dragons are Singing AND Monday's Troll, so that it would link to Amazon

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Short Review: 
In The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, Prelutsky’s poems on the lore and allure of these mythical creatures fire the imagination. And now, adding fuel to that fire, Prelutsky performs all 17 of these poems set to music.
Long Review: 

In The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, Prelutsky’s poems on the lore and allure of these mythical creatures fire the imagination. And now, adding fuel to that fire, Prelutsky performs all 17 of these dragon poems set to music. There are poem/songs about pet dragons, invisible dragons, nasty dragons, under-the-weather dragons, and melancholy dragons. Playing guitar, and accompanied by an ensemble featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, viola, piano, whistles, flute, bass, and percussion, Prelutsky belts out renditions of these poems in a range of styles – by turns folksy, country, Celtic, but always heartfelt. Though not as unrelentingly silly as some of Prelutsky’s other poetry collections (A Pizza the Size of the Sun, The New Kid on the Block), many of these odes to dragons do contain sly humorous twists – not to mention some great vocabulary (malevolent, cacophonous, stratagems, disconsolate, obeisance, pallid, and incalculable). This cassette is a double-sided treat – on one side, Prelutsky and ensemble perform the poems set to music, and on the other side, Prelutsky reads his poems. Not only can Jack Prelutsky write rhyming verse that kids love, he can also sing – what a talented guy! Though this edition appears to be out of print, it is available as part of Jack Prelutsky's Fantasy Festival: Dragons, Trolls and More!, which also includes poems from his book, Monday's Troll.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer