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The Care and Feeding of Dragons
     

The Care and Feeding of Dragons

by Brenda Seabrooke
 

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Things had changed a lot in Alastair's life since he found the little blue dragon he named Spike. Now it was time to start back to school and Alastair was faced with entering the fourth grade with the dreaded Ms. Cassowary as his teacher. All his lucky clothes on the first day didn't help and things got worse as the weeks went on. On top of his school troubles, his

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Things had changed a lot in Alastair's life since he found the little blue dragon he named Spike. Now it was time to start back to school and Alastair was faced with entering the fourth grade with the dreaded Ms. Cassowary as his teacher. All his lucky clothes on the first day didn't help and things got worse as the weeks went on. On top of his school troubles, his pet dragon was depressed because Alastair was gone all day. Then there was the mysterious face peering in the window. And why was Alastair being followed when he took Spike for a walk? He seeks help from his best friend, Josh, and his Uncle George, a research scientist. Together they struggle to keep the dragonnappers away.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Alistair is faced with a potentially awful year in fourth grade; his teacher, Ms. Cassowary, is legendary for her toughness. He is also concerned about his pet dragon, Spike, who will be on his own for the first time since they hooked up together. School, Spike, the mysterious people looking in the window and the arrival of Uncle George from the Photon Institute make for an amusing story. Alistair is a good lad and fortunately everything works out. In places the story makes the reader laugh-out-loud, reminiscent of scenes from Bunnicula by James Howe.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5An amusing sequel to The Dragon That Ate Summer (Scholastic, 1993). Alastair's dragon, Spike, needs so much attention that the boy keeps forgetting to do his homework, and he's headed for big trouble with his new fourth-grade teacher, the dreaded Ms. Cassowary. Then, mysterious men start skulking around Alastair's neighborhood, faces appear in his windows, and his Uncle George is fired from his job as a science researcher of unexplained phenomena such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monsterand dragons. The mysteries are solved, and Uncle George gets his job back, after a humorous climax in which Spike's fiery breath stops the evildoers in their tracks. Ms. Cassowary takes it all in stride and even becomes an ally. This short novel, which is more a contemporary school and family story than a fantasy, favors slapstick plot over character development, but Alastair's scrapes, both with and without Spike, will keep readers smiling.Beth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781519617712
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/03/2015
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
739,228
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Seabrooke lives in Englewood, Florida.

Delana Bettoli lives in Silverton, Oregon.

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