FICTION

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Yellow Jacket. Feb. 2020. 224p. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781499810110.
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Gr 2-5–Tomas “Chipstick” Liffy has agreed to help Grandad plant a garden in his backyard, but what he finds in the process is most surprising. When Tomas unearths an unidentified spiky, red fruit, the last thing he expects is for a dragon to hatch from inside. Tomas and his new friend, Flicker, get into all sorts of tricky situations—but they learn about friendship and how to take care of those they love along the way. Shepherd delivers an outrageously funny and heartwarming story that will draw readers in and have them chuckling from beginning to end. Black-and-white illustrations by Ogilvie add to the overall Dahl-ness of this book. Young readers will laugh with Tomas and Flicker, and enjoy the heartfelt moments between Tomas and the rest of his family and friends.
VERDICT This gently funny title is a must-purchase for public libraries, and a great recommendation for readers of all ages.

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