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

Written by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
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Fans of How to Train Your Dragon will love this whimsical tale, the first in a series, by a Newbery Honor winner, featuring charming illustrations and pet “training tips” in each chapter.

Crusty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly enough, Winnie seems to think Miss Drake is her pet—a ridiculous notion!

Unknown to most of its inhabitants, the City by the Bay is home to many mysterious and fantastic creatures, hidden beneath the parks, among the clouds, and even in plain sight. And Winnie wants to draw every new creature she encounters: the good, the bad, and the ugly. But Winnie’s sketchbook is not what it seems. Somehow, her sketchlings have been set loose on the city streets! It will take Winnie and Miss Drake’s combined efforts to put an end to the mayhem . . . before it’s too late. This refreshing debut collaboration by Laurence Yep, a two-time Newbery Honor winner and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner, and Joanne Ryder features illustrations by Mary GrandPré.     

Praise for A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans *“Warm humor, magical mishaps, and the main characters’ budding mutual respect and affection combine to give this opener for a planned series a special shine.” –Booklist, Starred

“Aternately comical, suspenseful and sometimes sweetly emotional.” –Kirkus Reviews

“With a black-and-white spot illustration opening most chapters, an engaging narrator, and a consistently fluid writing style, this title makes a fine dragon choice for readers.” –School Library Journal

“In this series launch, Yep and Ryder conjure up a world where dragons and humans interact, and the results are heartwarming and quite funny.” –Publishers Weekly

“A clever and amusing novel that imagines a magical world that nestles right up against our own and sometimes crosses over.” –The Bulleting of the Center for Children’s Books   Praise for A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter “Yep and Ryder keep the magic coming with their whimsical fantasy, enhanced by Grandpré’s sweet drawings. The story positively vibrates with fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Lighthearted episodes of unusual school lessons and field trips, illustrated by GrandPré’s winsome spot art, are grounded by Miss Drake’s more serious encounters with the goons…a gratifying development as this buoyant, fantastical series continues.”—The Horn Book Review

What Kind of Book is A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Winnie and Ms. Drake, the main characters, learn to work together as a team and understand each other’s differences. Consider talking with your reader about how teamwork and friendship can help allies accomplish common goals.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be with a Human Development degree
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6.25

This humorous story of a dragon and her “pet” human takes you on an adventure with plenty of mayhem! It takes teamwork to fix the chaos Winnie accidentally created, but this story of adventure is so fun with all the humor weaved inside! You’ll laugh with and love these characters.

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
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5.75
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Current book: The Language of Spells. Just finished The Great Pet Escape and The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys #1).
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4.5

We read this aloud as a family and found it to be an entertaining read. It’s an early chapter book, so the storyline and plot were fairly straightforward, but there was still enough creativity and imagination to hold the attention of children and parents alike. A favorite inclusion is Miss Drake’s ability to cry pearls.

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

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Laurence Yep

Laurence Yep is a two-time Newbery Honor winner, a recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is the author of over sixty books, including the bestselling Isabelle American Girl of the Year titles. Joanne Ryder has published over seventy books and received numerous awards for her nature writing and poetry. This is her first book starring a dragon and her first collaboration with Laurence Yep, who has many dragon books to his credit.

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Joanne Ryder

Joanne Ryder is the award-winning author of numerous children’s books about the natural world, including Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo. Some of her other books include Bears Out There, Chipmunk Song, The Snail’s Spell, and White Bear, Ice Bear. Before becoming a full-time writer, Joanne worked as a children’s book editor in New York City. She lives in California.

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780385392310
Publication Date:
February 1, 2016
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0385392311
Accelerated Reader Points:
5.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
173685
ATOS Book Level:
5.6
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
MG

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