Alex finds a dragon living in the basement of his house. Having always wanted a dragon, he hopes it will stay, but has concerns about looking after it so he writes letters to a series of people who he hopes will offer him good advice. In the end, Alex realises that the best thing for his fiery friend to find somewhere to live more suited to his needs. They part company and one day, Alex receives some more post- Dragon Post!
When I spotted this in my local bookshop this morning, I just could not resist it! Being a great ‘Nibbles’ fan, I just knew that it was going to be a real winner- and I was not disappointed!
The reader does not see Alex’s letters to the various people he contacts, but each reply is presented in the form of a letter which can be removed from an envelope presented in the book. Amongst the responses he gets to his cries for help, there is also a nasty-gram from P. Dantic and P. Nickety. solicitors for his neighbour who does not appreciate the heat, smoke and noise Alex’s new pet is causing!
The illustrations are joyful, showing plenty of personality and action to back up the simple text presented on each page. The letters offer a more challenging read and are full of humour, including things for grown-ups to enjoy as they share the story- or indeed read it for their own pleasure!
There is so much that you could do with a book like this in the classroom with both older and younger children. Many science activities could be explored in the context of Alex’s adventures. The story could also be used to teach children about the importance of pet care and to encourage them to create their own books exploring this. Writing and replying to letters, creating cards and envelopes, corresponding with pen-pals… I’m itching to get planning!
Amazing illustrations, a lovely story and a beautifully presented book- what more could you ask for?!
Dragon Post Emma Yarlett
Walker Books ISBN: 978-1406379716