A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter...
A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
by Mary GrandPre, Joanne Ryder, Laurence Yep
Age Range - 8 - 12
Genre - Adventure

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Age at time of review - 11
Reviewer's Location - Naples, FL, United States
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This is the 2nd title in the Dragon's Guide series. 

In this story, Miss Drake (the dragon) wants to teach 11 year old Winnie (the human) about the magical world.  She enrolls Winnie in Spriggs Academy, a magical school. This school is for magical beings and for humans.  Winnie quickly takes a shine to it, and enjoys learning from famous individuals like Sir Isaac Newton and taking field trips to Loch Ness.

The story unfolds while alternating between Miss Drake's and Winnie's point of view.  Miss Drake is caring for her "pet human" Winnie, and Winnie feels she is caring for her "pet dragon." 

This story, though, does not just focus on Winnie's time at the Academy.  There is also a storyline involving Winnie's human family.  Her grandfather, Jarvis, is trying to kidnap Winnie and take her away from Miss Drake and Spriggs Academy.  Miss Drake must protect Winnie and Spriggs Academy!

 

Opinion: 

I had not read the first story in this series.  I enjoyed it though, so I will borrow the first to read! 

I liked how the story was told by the alternating point of view of Winnie and Miss Drake.  It allowed me to connect with both of the main characters.  This may confuse younger or inexperienced reader, however.

The intricate illustrations at the beginning of each chapter are wonderful!  I love that they are in the pen and ink style.  This adds to the old magic feel of the story.

 

Rating:
4
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This story is perfect for anyone who enjoys Harry Potter!
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