The Dragonsitter Detective by Josh Lacey
  

The Dragonsitter Detective

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

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: one of our dragons is missing! More hi-jinks with Uncle Morton and his dragons

As fans of this excellent series will know, young Edward Smith-Pickle is often called in to dragon-sit for his Uncle Morton’s two dragons. This time he’s in left charge while Uncle Morton hunts a Kraken but something terrible happens: Ziggy and her son Arthur are dragon-napped! As ever, the action is described by Edward in typically pithy but action-packed emails to his uncle, and his uncle’s occasional laid-back replies. The format makes the stories particularly immediate, not a word is wasted in the telling but the reader has more than enough information to fill in the gaps in Edward’s narrative. Hugely enjoyable, these sophisticated little stories are accessible to all. ~ Andrea Reece

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.'

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Synopsis

The Dragonsitter Detective by Josh Lacey

Dear Uncle Morton Are you sitting down? If you're not, you probably should. Because I have some very bad news. Someone has stolen one of your dragons.

Eddie's mum is getting remarried, to Uncle Morton's Scottish neighbour Gordon. But then Ziggy is stolen. It's not long before Arthur is taken too. Eddie must track the thief down, rescue Uncle Morton's dragons and get to the church on time...

Reviews

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

Format

Paperback
80 pages
Interest Age: From 5 to 7 years

Author

Josh Lacey
More books by Josh Lacey

Author's Website

www.joshlacey.com

Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st June 2017

ISBN

9781783445295

Categories

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.

Publisher's Website

www.andersenpress.co.uk


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