|By (author):||Shepherd, Andy|
|Subject:||JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories|
|Publisher:||little bee books|
|Size:||8.25in x 5.50in|
|From The Publisher*||This hilarious middle-grade novel with illustrations throughout sees Tomas discover that he can grow dragons in his own garden!|
When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandfather'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 of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragon fruit tree, and Tomas now has his very own dragon, Flicker!
While Tomas finds out that life with Flicker is fun, he also finds that it is very...unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbrush and leave your underwear hanging from the TV antenna. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker---and quickly! And then something extraordinary happens: more dragon fruits appear on the tree! Now it's official, Tomas is growing dragons.
|Review Quote*||"Irresistible... everything you want in a book for a newly independent reader - tender realism, honouring children's inner feelings and anarchic magic, both beautiful and regrettable. Sara Ogilvie's illustrations capture both enchantment and stench... A modern classic."|
|Review Quote*||A warm-hearted debut... lovely, expressive, characterful.|
|Biographical Note||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.