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Review: The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

39355816.jpgWhen 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 …

This book is like a hug from my mum, or a mug of tea on a cold winter day. I read it in two sittings, and immediately passed it on to Samuel, who I babysit for, and he is as enthralled as I was.

I LOVE dragon stories, and Andy made hers one that was unique and original (ahem, dragon plants), and yet comfortingly familiar. I also ADORED the clear love and respect for growing plants/tending to a garden throughout the book. I really enjoyed the relationship between Tomas and his Grandad. I have such a close relationship with my grandpa, and Tomas’s Grandad reminded me of him so much.

 

The writing in this book was exquisitely lovely, not at all flowery or overly descriptive but poetic nonetheless. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Tomas and Flicker, his dragon–and I thought the development of this relationship was so great. The trust and mutual respect that grows throughout the story was so lovely to see.

Finally, a special shoutout to the glorious illustrations, done by the wonderful Sara Ogilvie–they were just stunning, and really made the reading of this book a special experience. THE BOY WHO GREW DRAGONS was fabulous, a perfect read for younger middle graders with a taste for adventure. I am super excited to read the sequel!

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