About A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Mary Grandpre
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: A Dragon’s Guide (Book 2) | Hardcover: 304 pages | Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (March 15, 2016)
About A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
For fans of How to Train Your Dragon comes a new tale about dragon Miss Drake and her human pet Winnie, by a two-time Newbery Honor winner, featuring illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Mary GrandPré.
Three-thousand-year-old Miss Drake has arranged to send her dear pet Winnie to The Spriggs Academy, an extraordinary school for humans and magicals alike. Winnie is particularly excited about magic class and having Sir Isaac Newton for science. She’s also making new friends—and frenemies. . . .
When a plot to snatch Winnie from her San Francisco home is uncovered, Miss Drake is ready to use all her cunning and magic to thwart it. Not that feisty Winnie needs the help. . . . As a team, the intrepid duo you first met in A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans is unstoppable!
With equal doses of whimsy and humor, Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder have crafted an enchanting story about true friendship.
Praise for A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
• “Yep and Ryder keep the magic coming with their whimsical fantasy, enhanced by Grandpré’s sweet drawings. The story positively vibrates with fun.” —Kirkus Reviews
• ” Lighthearted episodes of unusual school lessons and field trips, illustrated by GrandPré’s winsome spot art, are grounded by Miss Drake’s more serious encounters with the goons…a gratifying development as this buoyant, fantastical series continues.”—The Horn Book Review
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My Thoughts on A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
Winnie is starting school at Spriggs, an academy for magicals. Miss Drake finds out that Winnie’s grandfather is still on her trail and might pose a significant threat to her. Thankfully, being a dragon has its benefits. While Winnie gets adjusted to her new school, Miss Drake does everything in her power to ensure Winnie’s safety. But a cryptic prophesy from an ancient beast makes both Miss Drake and Winnie wonder what the near future might hold.
My kids and I enjoy reading this series. We started with the first book, A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans and liked it quite a bit. We liked this book just as much. My kids especially liked the field trips the students go on and the magic they performed at different times in the book.
I read this out loud to my kids at the same time that I was reading another book. I got some of the characters and minor points confused because of the similarities. However, it’s a well written and fun story that kids will like. I’m looking forward to more adventures with Winnie and Miss Drake!
Source: I received a copy of this book for consideration from the publisher. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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