Reader Reviewed The Dragonsitter to the Rescue by Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter to the Rescue

Written by Josh Lacey
Illustrated by Garry Parsons
Part of the The Dragonsitter Series Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Josh Lacey’s Dragonsitter books pack really quite huge adventures as well as a lot of laughs into a very short extent, and are perfect for young readers. The Smith-Pickles are still baby-sitting Uncle Morton’s dragons and Eddie takes two, Ziggy and baby Arthur, on a half-term trip with Dad to London. Cue disaster, especially when Arthur escapes in the Natural History Museum. As ever, the story is told via emails from Eddie to his uncle, and his brief reports provide just enough detail to enable the reader to fill in the blanks for a real sense of the chaos being caused. Inventive, clever and hugely satisfying these little books are really very good indeed. ~ Andrea Reece

Fans will also enjoy Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, another zany but cleverly written and illustrated adventure.

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review Dragonsitter's Island, part of the Dragonsitter series; You can read their full reviews here.

  • Aarav Mehta, age 5 - 'This book is very fantastic as you imagine the story in your own way.'
  • James Wood, age 6 - 'This book is an unusual style compared to most other books I've read. It's written as e-mails between the boy in the story Eddie and his Uncle Morton. It is a good adventure story and quite funny.' 
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 6 - 'I liked this book a lot as the dragons were nice (they are usually horrid).'
  • Harry Gray, age 6 - 'The email exchange format was novel and introduced a new range of language.  Overall a very humorous and enjoyable book with great pace and characters.'
  • Isaac East, age 7 - 'The Dragonsitter's Island is a really funny book.  Eddie is asked to look after his uncle's dragon on a special Island with a tiny town on it.'
  • Milind Kowsik, age 7 - 'This book is so funny, I am going to read all other books in this series.'
  • Daisy Sellers, age 9 - 'This book was very interesting because it had myths and legends in it...It was well illustrated and easy to read.'


The Dragonsitter to the Rescue by Josh Lacey

More chaos and fun as Eddie takes the dragons to London, but things go seriously wrong when Arthur gets lost! The sixth book in the popular Dragonsitter series.

Dear Uncle Morton I have to tell you some bad news. We have lost Arthur. He's somewhere in London, but I don't know where. Eddie takes the dragons with him on his half-term trip to London, but it's not long before disaster strikes and both dragons go missing. From the Natural History Museum to the London Eye, through tube stations, hotels and London Zoo, Eddie chases his dragons, hoping to avert disaster. But there's no smoke without a fire...


Praise for the Dragonsitter Series

'Short, sharp and funny' - Telegraph

'Ideal for young or reluctant readers and belly-busting laughter for all the family' - We Love This Book

'Will entertain any child of 7+' - The Times

'Every story will delight' - Lovereading

About the Author

Josh Lacey

Josh Lacey was born in London. He is the eldest of seven children, with two younger brothers and four sisters. He still lives in London, now with his wife and daughters.

Josh Lacey worked as a journalist, a screenwriter and a teacher before publishing his first novel. He is now a regular contributor to The Guardian.

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Book Info


64 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th January 2016




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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