There’s a Dragon in my Dinner!
Little Tiger Group/Stripes Publishing
Pub Date: Feb 11, 2016
“So they managed to smuggle me into a box of beansprouts and that’s how I ended up here in Mexico.”
There was an awkward silence as I stared at Pan.
“Did you say Mexico?”
Having reached the grand old age of six, my daughter is now open to listening to the occasional ‘chapter book’ for bedtime story and not just our more traditional picture book options (a post on some of those Coming soon-ish). Anyway, after reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (a great pre-cursor to her watching the film – Gene Wilder version OBVIOUSLY) it was time to try something that was new to both of us. Enter Tom Nicoll and There’s a Dragon in my Dinner!
This is the first in planned series of books about a nine year old boy, Eric (well, nine by the end of the book anyway), who finds a Mini-Dragon (Pan) in a box of bean sprouts included in the families Chinese take-away order. As you do.
Clearly, at first, Eric doesn’t believe it.
Where is he from? Can he help him to get back? What do you do with mini-dragon? Will doing anything result in a ‘strike’ against him as his birthday get’s ever closer and his prize Scooter awaits? Who opens a Chinese restaurant in Antarctica? And most importantly, how does Eric keep Pan out of the hands of his friend Toby, who wants this ‘toy’ for himself and is prepared to do whatever it takes to get his own way.
This first helping of lightly comedic dragonica is highly enjoyable. According to the author the books are aimed at 6-8 year olds, and I think that’s about right. My daughter’s 6 year old attention was held; her love of picture books sated by the nice accompanying illustrations from Sarah Horne, and we both ended the book in the mood for more adventures with Eric and Pan.
Review copy supplied by Little Tiger Group / NetGalley