A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.
George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?
"When I was a kid, my best friend was Josh Funk. Now he's becoming a friend to a whole new generation.”B.J. Novak, author of The New York Times bestseller The Book With No Pictures
About the Author
Josh Funk (joshfunkbooks.com) lives in New England with his wife and children. He has never had a dragon as a pen pal, but he once wrote a letter to Corduroy (and sent along a spare button). He's the author of the picture books Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, Pirasaurs!, and more. Follow him on Twitter @joshfunkbooks.
Rodolfo Montalvo (rodolfomontalvo.com) grew up in Long Beach, California. He received a B.F.A. in illustration from California State University, Fullerton. He has illustrated children's books including The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and The Amazing Wilmer Dooley, both written by Fowler Dewitt. He currently lives with his wife in the Los Angeles area. Follow him on Twitter @RMontalvo3.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Follow author Josh Funk’s rollicking rhyme in the form of letters between George Slair and Blaise Dragomir. They tell each other about their favorite sports and hobbies, pets and family, and ups and downs. Over the course of the school year, the two become friends. Thanks to illustrator Rodolfo Montalvo, the reader can see what George and Blaise can’t – George is a human and Blaise is a dragon! The pen pals have the opportunity to meet at the school picnic, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what happens when they discover their true identities. I love that this is told in epistolary form. I had a pen pal growing up and I remember the anticipation of waiting for a letter to arrive in the mail. As much as I love the convenience and speed of email and texts, there is something endearing and exciting about having to wait to hear back from a far-away friend. Josh’s rhyme make this a fun read-aloud and Rodolfo’s bright, colorful art work illustrate the two characters’ reality as well as what each character imagines the other character means in their letters. Clever idea, cleverly executed. I highly recommend this book!
This book has the perfect marriage of text and images that work together to tell the story of 2 classes that send pen pal letters to each other. The reader is in on the plot twist, leaving us wondering what will happen when the 2 groups finally meet. In clever rhyme, each group assumes they are writing to someone very much like them, when in fact one group is comprised of humans and the other is comprised of dragons! This is one to read and enjoy over and over again.