They knew very little of the ways of the wicked world – indeed, there was no one now living in all the realm who had any actual experience in dealing with dragons and their tricks.
You may find this book in the Children’s section, but don’t let that deter you, even if you lack a smaller one to help you read it aloud. This is a wonderfully comic tale. When an evil dragon, one Chrysophylax (or Goldguard in the Vulgar) descends on the peaceful village of Ham, Farmer Giles, who once used a blunderbuss to see off a marauding giant, is called upon to save things. Fortunately, he has a magic sword, a gift from the King (something about a giant), to aid him. Soon enough, his sword manages to bring the dragon to ground. As everybody knows, if you catch a dragon surely you ought to hold it for ransom. But when it comes to negotiating with such a wily serpent, real troubles are bound to begin. Readers with a bit of Latin and Greek will discover a whole other level of comedy.
Check the BPL catalog for this title: Farmer Giles of Ham