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A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

Review

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

Written by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder with illustrations by Mary GrandPre

A dragon unexpectedly gains a new human pet, or is it the other way around? Miss Drake receives a visit from 10-year-old Winnie shortly after her Great Aunt Amelia passes away. Better known as Fluffy, Great-Aunt Amelia was Miss Drake's favorite human pet. To Miss Drake's horror, she learns that Great Aunt Amelia has given Winnie the key to Miss Drake's home, as well as revealing an absolute no-no in the magical world --- that Miss Drake is a dragon.

While it is a battle of wits between the feisty (and at times grumpy) Miss Drake and witty Winnie, Miss Drake decides to take Winnie shopping to Clipper's Emporium, where she introduces Winnie to a slew of fanciful creatures. To keep Winnie busy until school starts, Clipper gives her a sketchbook. Winnie sets to work immediately. Unbeknownst to Miss Drake and Winnie, the sketchbook is magical. When Winnie's drawings escape her sketchbook, Miss Drake and Winnie team up not only to return the "sketchlings" to their rightful place, but also to capture the notorious pemburu before it destroys San Francisco.

Although much focus is on Miss Drake and Winnie's relationship and all things magical, Yep and Ryder interweave touching familial themes of loss and loneliness

A DRAGON’S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS is "the first book in a tongue-in-cheek fantasy series" produced by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. The award-winning husband and wife authors have come up with a clever twist to the fantastical world of dragons and magic. Their first-person plot features not the voice of a human, but a female dragon that is actually more human in thoughts and feelings than dragon. And it doesn't matter how fierce Miss Drake is --- she is simply no match to a quick-thinking 10-year-old. Each chapter begins with dragon tips on caring for humans --- at the get-go, the tone makes it clear that dragons are in charge and people are pets. But as the plot progresses, they slowly shift away from that line of thinking. Yep and Ryder do a superb job fabricating an otherworldly feel amid a real setting, mainly San Francisco. And although much focus is on Miss Drake and Winnie's relationship and all things magical, Yep and Ryder interweave touching familial themes of loss and loneliness.

Certain to be a hit for young fantasy readers, A DRAGON’S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS is engaging, heartwarming at times and, most importantly, very entertaining.

Reviewed by Anita Lock on March 10, 2015

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
(A Dragon's Guide #1)
Written by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder with illustrations by Mary GrandPre

  • Publication Date: February 2, 2016
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling
  • ISBN-10: 0385392311
  • ISBN-13: 9780385392310