Friday, May 1, 2015

Whimsical Book for Emerging Readers

Today I have a lovely book that reminds me of more innocent times in story telling.  Not that things are out of hand now, but the book simply feels wholesome.  There is something nice about that.

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Title: A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

Authors: Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder

Target: Grades 3-5

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Miss Drake is a persnickety and feisty dragon who has recently lost her pet Fluffy to old age.  Fluffy was actually the human Amelia and Amelia has left her entire estate to her niece and Miss Drake in particular to her niece’s daughter Winnie.  Seems as though Winnie is now under the impression that Miss Drake is her pet, while Miss Drake is quite convinced that the situation is reversed.  As Miss Drake trains Winnie in how to deal with the magical ways of dragons, it turns out that some magic gets loose and it is up to Winnie and the dragon to set things right.

Why I love this book: 
This book has an old fashioned quality reminiscent of The Penderwicks or The Doll People.  It is without a doubt a modern interpretation of a more innocent type of story telling.  But do not fear, the book ends in an epic battle so things don’t get boring.

Of course the best part of the story is how both characters believe they are the actual owner and the other is the “pet.”  It is absolutely charming how the authors have shown Miss Drake training Winnie and Winnie’s attempts to get the upper hand with Miss. Drake.  At the start of each chapter is advice on how to care for your companion that relates back to the chapter.

Who this book is for: 
Great book for kids who like fantasy but are not quite ready for the longer more complex texts.  Some fun tongue and cheek humor would make this a great read aloud.

Final thoughts: 
Book cover could be a lot better.  I would never have picked this one up if someone hadn’t alerted me to it.

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