The Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad WilliamsThe Dragons of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams

The Dragons of Ordinary Farm

byTad Williams, Deborah BealeIllustratorGreg Swearingen

Hardcover | June 2, 2009

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Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they're in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm.

The bellowing in the barn comes not from a cow but from a dragon. The thundering herd in the valley? Unicorns. Uncle Gideon's sprawling farmhouse never looks the same twice. Plus, there's a flying monkey, a demon squirrel, and a barnload of unlikely farmhands with strange accents and even stranger powers.

At first, the whole place seems like a crazy adventure. But when darker secrets begin to surface and Uncle Gideon and his fabulous creatures are threatened, Lucinda and Tyler have to pull together to take action. Will two ordinary kids be able to save the dragons, the farm—and themselves?

Expert storytellers Tad Williams and Deborah Beale take readers on an extraordinary adventure in their first book about Ordinary Farm.

Tad Williams is theNew York Timesbestselling author of some fourteen books for adults, which have been translated into twenty-three languages and sell worldwide. Among his bestsellers areThe Dragonbone Chair,The Otherland Cycle, andShadowmarch. Deborah Beale was a longtime editor of books for adults and children in her native London be...
Title:The Dragons of Ordinary FarmFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.29 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061543454

ISBN - 13:9780061543456


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stupendously Majestic Fantasy that comes alive!! I truly enjoyed the book “The Dragons of Ordinary Farm”. It is an amazing book about two kids, Tyler and Lucinda, who have to spend summer vacation with their ancient, Uncle Gideon, who’s a farmer. They think they’re in for an entire summer of cows and pigs, but when they arrive, they find out that Ordinary Farm is, well, not so ordinary. Instead of your classical barn animals, Gideon takes care of fairy-tale creatures- including dragons. I really liked this book since I‘m crazy about dragons and a huge fan of similar fantasy creatures. Tad Williams and Deborah Beale make a majestic story that’s so full of life, and is just so hard not to believe. Rather than a regular fantasy that you just dismiss as unreal, this book is more Sci-Fi and actually makes you sit up and think. Two kids who find out about a fifth dimension that their great relative discovered. Why not? This unique book reveals dark secrets about the farm and its occupants, creating puzzling mysteries and at the same time, showing that things aren't always what they seem. I recommend this book for youths who are obsessed with, fairy-tales, science, and dragons. This book is the first in this wonderful series. When I picked up this book, it was such a page-turner I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Creatures, Eccentric Characters Reason for Reading: When I heard Tad Williams had a book out for juveniles, I was so going to be reading it. Comments: Tyler and Lucinda are sent to spend the summer with their incredibly old great uncle (whom they've never met) while their mother goes on a singles retreat. Not looking forward at all to farm life: where will she go shopping? will there be electricity to recharge his hand-held gamer? they are reluctant guests. Upon arrival they quickly see that this is no ordinary farm, all the farm hands and kitchen staff talk with strange accents and seem as though they come from various far away countries. Then on their first day they are shown around the farm and meet the inhabitants: unicorns, basilisks, a flying monkey, cockatrices, baby griffins, a couple of dragons and many more fantastic creatures. Tyler and Lucinda are sworn to secrecy but are only given small pieces of information at a time leaving them full of questions with no answers. So they take to exploring on their own at night and find some incredible answers and mysterious clues to a secret from the past as they also learn that the farm itself and the dragons are in danger. Well, I just loved this book. A setting filled with fantastic creatures is a sure bet I'm going to have some fun. Lucinda and Tyler both started off as rather annoying kids as they were portrayed as a typical brother and sister who spend most of their time together annoying each other and being sarcastic. As they are brought together at the farm for the first time where they have to live together, work together and count on each other their relationship (and attitudes) grow and develop. The eccentric cast of supporting characters is a riot from Great Uncle Gideon who always wears his pajamas and house coat to Mrs. Needle, Gideon's assistant with strange powers who cannot be completely trusted to Ragnar, a powerhouse of a Scandinavian. The plot is not exactly fast-paced. The first half of the book spends a lot of time in the kids enjoying their new exciting surroundings, getting to know the fascinating people and slowly unraveling the mysteries. The troubles slowly mount until a pivotal point where the action picks up and the second half of the book has a plot full of action as events unfold at a faster-pace and reveals follow one another. I had a great time reading this. I loved the motley crew of characters. The plot is a lot of fun and the dragon side story is unique and well, who doesn't love a good dragon story? The story is nicely wrapped up yet there is a bigger plot running along which will continue through the series and the book leaves us with a satisfying ending but also knowing the children will be returning to Ordinary Farm again. Get in at the start with this series folks, it's quite likely, imho, that this is going to become a popular one. I'm really looking forward to book two.
Date published: 2009-07-21

Editorial Reviews

“There’s nothing ordinary about Ordinary Farm, a place filled with strange creatures and dangers around every corner. Readers will identify with Tyler and Lucinda and wish they were there with them. This is a rousing tale that should and will find a wide readership.”