Cindy: Eddie’s first email to his Uncle Morton does not bode well for the coming week, in which he’s to take charge of Ziggy, his uncle’s pet dragon. Josh Lacey’s The Dragonsitter (2015) is told in humorous messages, rarely answered, from Eddie to his uncle and illustrated with the tragic, and very funny, scenes of chaos that ensue. Uncle Morton has no reply to the news that his dragon ate Eddie’s sister’s rabbit. Eddie cuts the first message short because he smells something burning (it was the curtains) and later reports dragon “accidents” left on the carpets (huge swirly piles of dung amidst mother’s fancy shoes). The neighbors’ cats and petunias don’t fare very well either. When Eddie finally gets a reply from Uncle Morton, it is simply, “Have you tried chocolate?”
It turns out dragons love chocolate. Who knew?
Lacey and Parsons capture all the challenges of watching someone else’s pet, magnified by the unique problems of dragons in particular—especially one that doesn’t have very good manners and doesn’t care that he isn’t supposed to be up on the couch. Young readers will be laughing all the way back to the library or bookstore to get the sequel—and more chocolate, malted-milk balls!
Lynn: When Uncle Morton goes on a yoga retreat with Swami Ticklemore, Eddie once again takes charge of Ziggy, only to have the pesky pet disappear! After a frantic search, Eddie makes an astonishing discovery: not only has Ziggy taken up residence in the closet, he is a SHE, and she has laid an egg!
In The Dragonsitter Takes Off (2015), the second book in the series, funny high jinks once more result in damage to the furniture, newspaper reports, and unexpected adventures, all related through email exchanges between pet sitter and pet owner. Ziggy bonds with Eddie’s mom over clueless males and everyone’s malted-milk ball intake rises sharply.
The goofy fun will continue with two more installments due out later this year, The Dragonsitter’s Castle in April and The Dragonsitter’s Island in October. Don’t miss a single email!