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The boy who grew dragons. #1 / Andy Shepherd ; illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

Shepherd, Andy, (author.). Ogilvie, Sara, 1971- (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library J SHE (Text) 33500013206867 New Available -
Barnesville Public Library J SHE (Text) 33500013206875 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781499810110
  • ISBN: 1499810113
  • Physical Description: 212 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, [2020].

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house - and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker ... Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very ... unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker - and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens - more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons ..."-- Publisher's description.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 7-12.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    When Tomas discovers a wild-looking plant in his grandfather's garden, he takes one of its unusual fruits home. It turns out to be a pitaya, or dragon fruit, and soon a tiny dragon emerges. Tomas is astonished but quickly resolves to raise the glittering creature, Flicker, in secret. Even as it sneezes sparks, chars the drapes, and produces highly explosive excrement, Tomas manages to keep his new pet hidden, but it becomes too difficult when he realizes that the dragon fruit tree is producing more and more mythical creatures. Shepherd's inventive story takes the humorous dragon-fruit premise and spins it into a tale full of silliness and charm. It's a joy to watch Tomas navigate his new, dragon-filled world, and readers will laugh at Flicker's antics and hold their breath during close calls as Tomas' community inches closer to discovering the magical creature. Ogilvie's accompanying illustrations complement the story perfectly, including an occasional singed page or plop of dragon droppings. Readers will be eager for more. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1
    When Tomas discovers a wild-looking plant in his grandfather's garden, he takes one of its unusual fruits home. It turns out to be a pitaya, or dragon fruit, and soon a tiny dragon emerges. Tomas is astonished but quickly resolves to raise the glittering creature, Flicker, in secret. Even as it sneezes sparks, chars the drapes, and produces highly explosive excrement, Tomas manages to keep his new pet hidden, but it becomes too difficult when he realizes that the dragon fruit tree is producing more and more mythical creatures. Shepherd's inventive story takes the humorous dragon-fruit premise and spins it into a tale full of silliness and charm. It's a joy to watch Tomas navigate his new, dragon-filled world, and readers will laugh at Flicker's antics and hold their breath during close calls as Tomas' community inches closer to discovering the magical creature. Ogilvie's accompanying illustrations complement the story perfectly, including an occasional singed page or plop of dragon droppings. Readers will be eager for more. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Andy Shepherd is a children's writer of middle grade fiction and picture books. She lives near Cambridge with her husband, two sons, and their Border collie. She spends her spare time trying to figure out how to move this beautiful city closer to the sea.

Sara Ogilvie is an award-winning illustrator. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. Sara's many picture books include The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson, The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp, and Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones. Her middle grade fiction includes Phil Earle's Demolition Dad and others in the Storey Street series. Find out more about her at saraogilvie.com.

Subject: Dragons > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Dragons > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Dragons.
Friendship.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Juvenile works.
Humorous fiction.
Fantasy fiction.

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