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Book Talk Discussion Group: Dragon of Doom and Potions

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This month’s book was Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville, the first in the Moongobble and Me series.

A short adventure story of young Edward who goes to work for Moongobble, an aspiring magician. Moongobble is great at spells that don’t quite work the way they’re supposed to (guard vines who only grab people during the day, but not at night, for example) and occasionally turns himself and other things in to cheese. Other characters include Urk, a grumpy, but lovable talking toad, the Rusty Knight who squeaks a lot and is hard of hearing, and of course… the dragon of DOOM!!

When thinking about an activity for this book, I kept getting stuck on dragon things and nothing was very exciting. But the dragon really isn’t the main point of the book so once I let go of that, the obvious activity was staring me right in the face: potions! Not only are potions super fun, but it’s science, following directions, taking turns, and literacy all in one.

Here’s the Eruption Potion with the recipes for families to take home with them. We also used these while making the potions, reading them very carefully, to be sure we didn’t turn ourselves into cheese, like Moongobble!

We made wands out of pipe cleaners before we started on the potions, because OF COURSE, you can’t do magic without a wand. They work as bubble blowers, too.

We were having such a great time, I forgot to take pictures of the potions being created, but here are the “after” shots and some of them enjoying the Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble potion.

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One of the Eruption Potions after it settled. The group at that table worked together to create a purple potion.

Eruption Potion

Eruption Potion

The Fizzy Potion after the colors are revealed. They could have drop vinegar on that plate all day, I swear. So much fun to hear the sizzle after each drop.

Fizz Potion

Fizz Potion

Bubble solution, I mean potion. I did the mixing for this activity and to add in a little math I asked them to double the recipe on their sheet. They had a lot of fun counting as the ingredients went in. As one boy squealed “Hurry! This is going to be amazing!”. Indeed.

While I mixed the solution they muttered spells and shook their wands at the tub until VOILA! we created bubbles.

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

Bubble Bubble Toil and Trouble

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Their parents had to drag them from the room so I’d say it was a success. 🙂

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Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

2 thoughts on “Book Talk Discussion Group: Dragon of Doom and Potions

  1. Kendra,
    this is fabulous! Thanks for all the tips ~ jane

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