Age Range: 5 - 11

It's nearly Cedric the dragon's bedtime - there's just time for his mum to read him his favourite book. Unfortunately for her, Cedric likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again... and again... and again... with incendiary consequences!

Book Author: Emily Gravett

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Part of the blurb on the back cover is missing. Could you complete it (or write a new one)?
  • Write a story about Cedric's day, before the story begins. Use the illustrations on the inside front cover to help.
  • Look at the use of rhyming words in the story. Can you identify the rhyming pattern?
  • Write a news report from the point of view of a troll about Cedric's behaviour in the first version of the story.
  • Write a recipe for princess pie that Cedric the dragon might enjoy. What other types of food and drink might dragons like to eat?
  • Write a letter from Cedric to the trolls, apologising for his behaviour.
  • Could you write a new story in a similar style to this one… featuring an original story / rhyme that gets repeated and changed each time?
  • Write a letter from the point of view of the characters in the book to little Cedric, explaining how they feel about his behaviour.
  • Write a story about what happens the next day, when Cedric's mum finds out what he has done!
  • What is your favourite bedtime story? Can you write a review of it?
  • Write your own story about a dragon using the writing prompt provided (see Resources below).


  • Make a poster to teach people about fire safety.


  • Use painting / drawing software to create a picture of a dragon. Could you animate it?

Design Technology

  • Could you make a book that has a hole in some of the pages? Write a story about how it got there.


  • Design a front cover for each variation of the story.
  • Can you draw a dragon? Watch this video in which the author shows how she draws the main character:

  • Cut a hole out of the middle of a piece of paper. Can you create a picture that uses this hole in some way? (see Resources below)


  • Can you find any famous historical stories that include dragons?


  • Think of words to describe how the characters are feeling at each point in the story.
  • Think of things that Cedric could do to control his behaviour when he is feeling angry.


Pages with Holes

Pages with Holes

Five different pages with a single shape on them. Can your pupils use these shapes within a picture of something?


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