I wrote this a while ago for my granddaughter Scarlett. My wife tells me that she still gets a kick out of it so I thought that you or some young friend might enjoy it?
He was well known in his local area but in other lands no one had heard of the Shopping Dragon.
He wasn’t the kind of dragon who went around breathing fire all the time, he was conscious of saving the planet and besides, he was getting on in years.
Dragons rarely lived much more than 1253 years and he was well over that.
It is said that in his younger days he used to hang out with some of the Muppets. It was mostly the crazy drummer guy, but occasionally the whole band would turn up.
Once, Kermit came along and sang some of his songs; that was a big night and it went on way past most people’s bedtime.
Next day everyone was grumpy, but it was worth it for it had been a great night.
I suppose you are wondering why they called him the Shopping Dragon.
Most of his friends had names like ‘Death From Above’, or ‘The Dragon Who Ate Paris’, or ‘That Dragon Who Forgets Everyone’s Name’, but he didn’t mind because he really did enjoy shopping.
Mostly he stuck to shopping at the larger shopping malls as he often got stuck if he tried to fit into one of those smaller stores.
It was true that they had nicer stuff but constantly getting stuck was a bit of a drag.
His absolute favourite shopping experience was an outdoors market.
Sometimes he would hang around at the Hot Dog Stand and help them heat up the food. They don’t ask him to do this too often because of that ‘burning down the Hot dog Stand’ incident a year or two back.
He says that it was probably not his fault, but it was best to be on the safe side.
One thing that shopping did was make him very tired.
When he got home at the end of a long day of shopping he would unpack his stuff, have a long hot bath and jump into bed where he would read a book about Dragons in the olden days before falling asleep.
Next morning he would bounce out of bed ready for another day of mystery shopping.
Can you believe that they paid him to do the thing he loved the most; shopping?
What sort of job would you like to be paid to do?