A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
Written by Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder
Illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Age Level: 8 - 12
Grade Level: 3 – 7
I love fantasy, and this book hooked me right away . . . a dragon with a human pet. What a great concept! The problem - Miss Drake is grief-stricken when her pet Fluffy dies, but Fluffy has it covered. Her great niece Winnie is coming to take her place. Miss Drake is the dragon. Fluffy and Winnie are humans. Unfortunately Winnie draws some magical creatures in a book. They come to life and escape into the streets of San Francisco. The old dragon and the child must work together to capture them before the disaster’s discovered. Here’s my favorite piece of wisdom from Miss Drake, “In my experience, it’s a rare human who can accept you as you really are.” So true! I love Laurence, Joanne, and Mary just the way they are, a team of great book creators!
Written by Helen Docherty
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Age Level: 3 - 6
Grade Level: P – 2
I saw this book, and I had to read it. Eliza Brown the rabbit loves to read bedtime stories, till her book is stolen. So are all the other books in her neighborhood. Eliza decides to capture the thief. Her trap – a pile of books. This story melted my heart with its love and its restitution. Snatch this book! It’s great!
Shadows of Sherwood
Written by Kekla Magoon
Illustrated by Andre Ceolin
Age Level: 8 - 12
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Wow! I read this book a few years ago. It’s a version of Robin Hood that’s set in the future world, but unfortunately there’s still the age-old fight between good and evil. Twelve year old Robyn Loxley sneaks out for a little adventure. She returns to traces of blood, missing parents, and the thought that sneaking out may have saved her life. Robin must crack her father’s codes and learn moon lore to fight off the evil government. I wrote back then that I’d love to read the sequel. Now, in 2019, there are 2, and I can’t wait to read them!
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.