The Resource A dragon's guide to the care and feeding of humans, Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder ; Illustrations by Mary GrandPré

A dragon's guide to the care and feeding of humans, Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder ; Illustrations by Mary GrandPré

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A dragon's guide to the care and feeding of humans
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A dragon's guide to the care and feeding of humans
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Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder ; Illustrations by Mary GrandPré
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dragons guide to the care and feeding of humans
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eng
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Crusty dragon Miss Drake's new pet human, precocious ten-year-old Winnie, not only thinks Miss Drake is her pet, she accidentally brings to life her "sketchlings" of mysterious and fantastic creatures hidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents
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  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 3-5 In droll counterpoint to the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Yep and Ryder offer a similar interspecies matchup from the dragon’s point of view. Miss Drake, a 3,000-year-old dragon, is initially annoyed when Winifred, 10, barges into her hidden lair beneath a San Francisco mansion. It seems that Winnie’s widowed mom has inherited the house from Miss Drake’s most recent and still sharply missed human “pet,” Fluffy (aka Great-Aunt Amelia). The irritating child has been left a key and a charge to take care of the lonely dragon. Being a responsible sort (as well as a shapechanger and a thoroughly modern dragon with a smartphone and a debit card), Miss Drake reluctantly takes Winnie under her wing—or tries to, as the strong-willed child has ideas of her own. Despite their differences, the two make a good team, as they prove in narrowly averting major disaster to the city and its magical community, after a flock of creatures Winnie has drawn in a special sketchbook come to life. In vignettes that open each chapter, illustrator GrandPré depicts the diverse creatures, along with glimpses of dragon, child, and various significant items with her customary flair and expertise. 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 that will draw readers and leave them impatient for sequels. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 02-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 12, p85)
  • In this series launch, Yep (the Dragon quartet), collaborating for the first time with his wife, Ryder (Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? ), again conjures up a world where dragons and humans interact, and the results are heartwarming and quite funny. Miss Drake, a shapeshifting dragon, is still mourning the death of her human pet, a woman she called Fluffy, when Fluffy’s impetuous great-niece, Winnie, barges into her lair. “I could see she would be rather impossible to train,” sniffs Miss Drake, whose scorn shifts to admiration as the two begin to bond with each other. After Winnie fills the pages of a magical sketchbook with drawings of fantastical creatures, the menacing “sketchlings” escape, and Winnie and Miss Drake join forces to track them down and return them to the book. Their mutual grief—Winnie’s heartache over the death of her father parallels Miss Drake’s loss of Fluffy—gives a moving underpinning to the magical escapades. Miss Drake’s arch narration and the sharp back-and-forth between the characters create an enchanting story, accented by GrandPré’s whimsical b&w spot illustrations. Ages 8–12. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 19, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 03, p)
  • This comedy starring a 3,000-year-old dragon and a scrappy little girl takes young readers into a fantasy world situated right next to ours.Miss Drake enjoys humans but sees them as pets. Sadly, her most recent pet, a lady she called "Fluffy" but whom her family knew as "Great-Aunt Amelia," recently passed away. Now, Amelia's niece, 10-year-old Winnie, has come to live in Miss Drake's mansion in San Francisco. Right from the start, Winnie just won't follow Miss Drake's rules for pets. When the girl draws some fanciful creatures in a magical sketchbook, the creatures become real and escape, causing Miss Drake to frantically work to contain the damage. When one of Winnie's sketches turns out to be a truly dangerous creature, even the best of the magical participants at the Enchanter's Fair can't defeat it. Creating a magical world that lies alongside but is concealed from ours, Yep and Ryder write the story from Miss Drake's prissy perspective, using the framework of a pet-care book. The tale is alternately comical, suspenseful and sometimes sweetly emotional, as when it touches on the deaths of Great-Aunt Amelia and Winnie's father and as Miss Drake becomes increasingly fond of Winnie. The playful pen-and-ink illustrations by GrandPré at the beginning of each chapter add yet more charm. Delightful whimsy. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10403930
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1948-
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Yep, Laurence
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illustrations
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no index present
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840L
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MG
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fiction
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  • 3
  • 5
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5.6
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  • Ryder, Joanne
  • GrandPré, Mary
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True
Series statement
Dragon's guide
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0001
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Accelerated Reader
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  • Dragons
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Artists
  • Magic
  • Friendship
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juvenile
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A dragon's guide to the care and feeding of humans, Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder ; Illustrations by Mary GrandPré
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22 cm
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First Edition.
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152 pages
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9780385392280
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2014017803
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rdamedia
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A dragon's guide to the care and feeding of humans, Laurence Yep & Joanne Ryder ; Illustrations by Mary GrandPré
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22 cm
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First Edition.
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152 pages
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9780385392280
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2014017803
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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