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The Dragon Series is a series of Picture Books by Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants fame. They follow the small, domestic adventures of a small, blue dragon. Our protagonist, simply named Dragon, experiences all kinds of everyday adventures and deals with simple conflicts in his ordinary life. But no matter what challenges he runs into, Dragon's big heart and gentle nature always helps him find his way out in the end while also maybe learning a lesson or two along the way.

There are five books in the series, which do not need to be read in chronological order. They were originally published by Orchard Books, but Scholastic, the publishers of much of Pilkey's later work, would republish them in 2019. The books are:

  1. A Friend for Dragon (1991)
  2. Dragon Gets By (1991)
  3. Dragon's Merry Christmas (1991)
  4. Dragon's Fat Cat (1992)
  5. Dragon's Halloween (1993)

As happens with a lot of best-selling kids' books, an Animated Adaptation was produced in Canadanote . It was created by the Quebec studio Cité-Amérique entirely using Stop Motion animation, with the title character and The Narrator being voiced by Canadian actor and puppeteer Frank Meschkuleit. It aired on Treehouse TV from 2004 to 2007, running for a total of 78 twelve-minute episodes over 3 seasons. It also aired on Qubo in the United States.

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The Dragon Series contains examples of:

  • Our Dragons Are Different: The title character, Dragon, is small, blue, and has a tail and spikes, but exhibits no other traditional characteristics of a dragon, such as fire breathing, flying, magic, or even hoarding gold. If you weren't told otherwise, you'd probably say he was a dinosaur instead.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Downplayed, since it's a kid's book, but a snake tricks Dragon into thinking an apple is talking to him and wants to be his friend, which he never realizes.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The snake in the book speaks with extra S's.
  • Stop Motion: The Animated Adaptation is animated in this style.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: Despite Dragon spending the latter part of A Friend for Dragon grieving his friend, the book ends with him discovering an entire tree of new "friends" and a smile.
  • Wily Walrus: A walrus eats Dragon's apple friend when Dragon asks him to look after the apple while he gets a drink of water.