Fans of zany antics such as The Bailey School Kids, My Weird School, The Creature from My Closet, and The Imaginary Veterinarian will be pleased to know that another series is right up their alley. The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey kicks off the adventures of Eddie as he looks after his Uncle Morton's pet dragon. The book takes the form of Eddie's frantic emails to his uncle after the pet dragon has been dropped off for pet-sitting while Uncle Morton is on vacation. Each day that Morton is out of town, Eddie sends at least one email with attached pictures to describe the new trouble the dragon has caused. Things like singed curtains, stinky dragon poop on Mom's bedroom rug, and a hole in the refrigerator door, all cause Mom to threaten sending the dragon to the zoo or disowning her brother.
After 6 days of mayhem (including a slightly toasted mailman and the fire department), Uncle Morton finally writes back. His silence for most of the week seems suspicious. He doesn't answer his email, he isn't at the hotel he left them as his destination, and they can't seem to track him down. Has he left the dragon with them permanently? Did he lie to them about where he was going so that they couldn't call to tell him about all the trouble? Has he been kidnapped?
I would say that this would be a great read-aloud, because it is so funny and will have kids rolling in the floor with tears of laughter running down their faces. But I would hate for anyone to miss the illustrations of the dragon sprawled on the couch or of Mom holding a handful of bills for all the damage the dragon has done and all the groceries he has eaten. And Eddie's profile pics in each email are a great clue to his state of mind for each message.
Other books include The Dragonsitter Takes Off, The Dragonsitter's Island, The Dragonsitter's Party and The Dragonsitter's Castle. And a new installment is coming in January 2016 - The Dragonsitter to the Rescue. If you haven't tried out any of the Dragonsitter adventures yet, you need to do so.
I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.
For more information about Josh Lacey and his books, please visit http://joshlacey.com/.