Three Tasks for a Dragon

By Eoin Colfer

Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

Illustrated in a sophisticated muted palette, this is a classic quest story with a modern twist from two legendary Irish book makers.

After his father’s death, Prince Lir is tricked into embarking on a perilous quest to rescue a maiden from a dragon. The studious young prince is no warrior, but he uses his brains to make himself indispensable to the grumpy dragon. However, neither prince nor dragon have bargained on the dark magic which manipulates them both, and it may be left to the maiden herself to save them all…

Categories: Illustrated Classics

For readers aged: 8+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781529505825
  • Published: 05 Oct 2023
  • Price: £14.99
  • Size: 230 x 190 mm
  • Pages: 112

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Customer reviews


'The story of a prince, a girl and a dragon may seem familiar, but it’s the way the story is told that makes it so special. Three Tasks for a Dragon reads like a forgotten fairytale. Combining the talents of two former Laureates na nÓg, this is an instant classic.' The best Irish children’s books of 2023, The Times

'A carefully crafted traditional quest from two of Ireland’s former Laureate na nÓg, this is a tale that will have you lost in time.' Irish Examiner

'Lyrically written with a fair few thrills and awesome illustrations of the dragon, this is a magical fairy tale that will assuredly keep readers turning the pages, albeit slowly so they can savour P.J. Lynch’s magnificent artistry.' Red Reading Hub

'Three Tasks for a Dragon is a classic quest with a modern twist in a gorgeous picture book that is exciting, appealing with a fairy-tale feel and is perfect for its targeted audience. […] This book is perfect for KS2 primary libraries and classrooms and will make a stunning present for young readers and will be a classic that is read for many years to come.' Little Blog of Library Treasures

'A very modern ‘traditional’ tale of quests, treachery, dragons, maidens in distress, a magic curse and the power of love that will keep readers of all ages enthralled.' The Letterpress Project

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