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David Biedrzycki packs in the humor in his latest book for young readers. From the cover to...
David Biedrzycki packs in the humor in his latest book for young readers. From the cover to cover, children will enjoy his hilarious illustrations which include a series of rejected costume ideas for Dragon. Every last detail has something for readers to giggle about, including a scene of the boy reading books with titles like GHOSTS DON'T SAY BOO and newspaper articles with headlines such as "Scientist Reports Monsters Would Actually Be Scared of Us," to allay his pet’s fears.
Children and adults alike will enjoy the latest antics of the boy and his pet dragon.
Young dragon lovers not quite ready for the film How to Train Your Dragon will appreciate this gentle, imaginative account of what having a dragon as a pet might be like.
Charming digital art features a bright-red, not-too-scary dragon, who starts out small at "Eddie's Exotic Pets." Exotic he may be, but with understated humor he's shown doing all kinds of regular-pet stuff: going to the vet for a checkup, sticking his head out the car window on the way home (except this pet's head sticks out of the sunroof), chewing on a shoe, going for a walk on a leash (except he flies, rather than walks) and more. The goofy expression on Sparky's face is just like that of an eager, friendly puppy, complete with tongue hanging out, and is especially funny when he's scaring folks unintentionally (sticking his head in the schoolroom window for show-and-tell, for example). The wry tone of the text complements the illustrations' comedy, especially in issuing some cautionary advice: "(But don't give them broccoli. It gives them gas. And you don't want a fire-breathing dragon with gas.)"
Boy and dragon close their day with a bedtime read ("Knight Boy," which looks like a graphic novel featuring a familiar-looking red dragon); this amiable story can help real-life families do the same. (Picture book. 4-7)
Posted August 3, 2013
When I was a kid, I wished I had a dragon just like the one in this book. For one thing, he would have eaten my brussel sprouts. Actually, that alone would have been enough of a reason. The dragon in "Me and My Dragon" is such a friendly dragon that my four year old son thinks he says, "Good morning, little boy. Have a wonderful day". And he probably does; I'm just too old to hear it.
The story is adorable, but what really sets this book apart and made me want to buy it are the fabulous, whimsical, slightly off-beat and ridiculously brilliant illustrations. The cover artwork is only a taste of what is in store for readers of this book.