Llewellyn’s Little Book of Dragons – Shawn MacKenzie

Llewellyn’s Little Book of Dragons, by Shawn MacKenzie

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Little Book of DragonsLlewellyn’s Little Book of Dragons is a charming book and – despite its size – contains almost everything you’d want to know about dragons.

Also this book was carefully researched. It includes types of dragons, the life cycle of dragons, their history in our world, how to watch for dragons, and information about dragon festivals.

Tips in this book cover a wide range of topics, including dragon safety and etiquette, landscaping your yard to attract dragons, and many more unique and useful insights.

Here’s a passage I especially enjoyed, talking about Western Dragons.

Westies are huge, an essential factor in discerning True Dragons from some of the larger pseudodragon species, particularly wyverns. Dracophiles also know a quick limb count is the surest way to know with whom you’re dealing…

Insights like that abound in this book. They make it a delight to read, page by page.



  • This book is less than 5″ x 7″, so it will fit in your backpack, purse, or even a large pocket. The paper, binding, and print quality are superb. The artwork and design inside are delightful.
  • Though much of the information is speculative, it’s also well considered and well researched. The author does not pretend that archaeologists have found any fossils of dragons. The author does elaborate about the physical qualities of dragons, but all of it seems well founded in science.
  • Despite the small size of this book, the information in it more than in many full size books. You’re unlikely to read this from start to finish in one evening. Besides, you’d probably want to savor every word of it anyway.


  • It’s difficult to find anything to criticize in this book. At first glance, the type is rather small. Older readers will need glasses and possibly a bright light to read this book in comfort.
  • The author builds speculation upon speculation. There’s probably nothing for that, and MacKenzie has more than made up for it with cross-references based in mainstream history and science.
  • I doubt that anyone would be misled, but this is not a book for young children. Actually, it’s more academic than some readers may expect. This will be an asset for those who want just a little whimsy and fantasy in a deceptively small tome of lore, legend, and adventuring in the world of dragons.

Highly recommended! I give it a five-star review.

Book specs

Published 2020. 230 pages. Hardcover.

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– reviewed by Alanna Winterbourne