The boy, the kite grew from Andy Shepherd

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The growing of dragons in Grandad's garden leads to predictable kidnappings in this carefree series opener.

The boy who grew the kite by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sam Ogilvie. Yellow jacket, 2020, 212 pages.

Reading level: middle grades, 8-10

Recommended for: ages 7-11

Tomas’s close relationship with his grandfather also extends to work in Grandpa's garden. But even Grandpa cannot identify the cactus-like plant with elongated fruits and prickly pineapple-like leaves. A little internet research identifies the plant as pitaya or dragon fruit. (I looked it up myself; it's a real plant.) Interesting – but even more interesting than the pod Tomas took home swelling, glowing and hatching into a real, sparkling, sneezing and pooping dragon. A small one who immediately connects to Tomas. Even little dragons cannot end the trouble, and like puppies they poop everywhere, with the added factor of possible burns. Still, it's irresistible to have a real kite for a pet if only Tomas can keep Flicker secret while he finds out.

Tomas is an engaging narrator, and his relationship with his grandfather and little sister gives the story a nice layer of family warmth. Although the plot takes place more normally with a grumpy neighbor and a mean classmate, the humor turns the pages. The story ends with a cliffhanger that points to more adventures (and more dragons).

Overall rating: 3.75 (of 5)

  • Weltanschauung / moral value: 3.5
  • Artistic / literary value: 4

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