What a fun, creative and sweet book! I wouldn’t expect anything less from the incredibly talented author Laurence Yep. He and his poet wife, Joanne Ryder, teamed up to write this modern day dragon tale, which is told from the dragon’s point of view.
A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans tells the story of Miss Drake, an ancient dragon living in modern day San Francisco. When she suddenly acquires a new pet human, a little girl named Winnie, Miss Drake realizes that pets can be quite a lot of work and frustration. Especially since Winnie mistakenly thinks that Miss Drake is her pet. As Winnie and Miss Drake spend time together, the dragon introduces Winnie to a magical world that is usually hidden from humans. Winnie is given a drawing tablet that turns out to be magical, and everything that Winnie draws comes to life. Suddenly Miss Drake and Winnie are on an adventure to recapture the magical creatures that have escaped from the notebook.
This book would make an excellent read-aloud for third and fourth grade classes. I highly recommend it to boys and girls in grades three, four and five who enjoy magic, dragons, and light adventures with plenty of heart.