Review of A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans


A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder

Fans of How to Train Your Dragon will love this whimsical tale, the first in a series, by a Newbery Honor winner, featuring charming illustrations and pet “training tips” in each chapter.

Crusty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly enough, Winnie seems to think Miss Drake is her pet—a ridiculous notion!

Unknown to most of its inhabitants, the City by the Bay is home to many mysterious and fantastic creatures, hidden beneath the parks, among the clouds, and even in plain sight. And Winnie wants to draw every new creature she encounters: the good, the bad, and the ugly. But Winnie’s sketchbook is not what it seems. Somehow, her sketchlings have been set loose on the city streets! It will take Winnie and Miss Drake’s combined efforts to put an end to the mayhem . . . before it’s too late.

This refreshing debut collaboration by Laurence Yep, a two-time Newbery Honor winner and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner, and Joanne Ryder features illustrations by Mary GrandPré.      

Find the Book:

Book Details:

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: A Dragon’s Guide
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2015)

What My Kids and I Thought:

The best part of this book was the very first chapter when you realize that it’s being narrated by a dragon. Her pet, “Fluffy”, was a human that recently passed away. Winnie (Fluffy’s grandniece) then shows up with the idea that the dragon is now HER pet.

I read this book out loud to my kids and they loved it. My seven year old thought it was hilarious and laughed out loud every time the dragon referred to Winnie’s great aunt as Fluffy.

Personally, I liked the story a lot. I loved that it was told from the dragon’s point of view and that both she and Winnie were under the impression that the other person was their pet. Some parts of the story dragged a bit, but in general, it was an imaginative story that my kids and I enjoyed reading together.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher which did not affect my review in any way. 


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    Ms. Yingling
    April 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Have to admit that when Winnie was drawing on those last two pages, I cried a bit. Very charming book with a classic feel.

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    Adriana Garcia
    April 30, 2015 at 6:07 am

    I've never read a book from a dragon's point of view and I would love for that to change. I'm sure I'll be laughing along just like you (:

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