The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter

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

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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012. A hilarious story full of useful tips for any dragon-minder. When Eddie’s Uncle Morton goes off on an urgent mission he leaves his dragon behind with Eddie as the babysitter. But a dragon is not easy to look after and what with dragon poo on the carpet, burn holes through the fridge door and flames in the curtains, Mum is soon at the end of her tether. What is Eddie to do? Eddie’s increasingly desperate emails to his uncle recount the terrible things the dragon does. What will his uncle’s remedy be?

***In addition to a review by our Lovereading4kids editorial expert some children on our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review one of the titles in the Dragonsitter series - Dragonsitter's Island. They loved it. Click here to read their reviews.


The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey

'Dear Uncle Morton. You'd better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima.' It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton's unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path.

Brilliantly illustrated throughout by Garry Parsons, this brand-new novel for younger readers, by the author of the Grk books, is told entirely through hilarious emails!

The Grk series has been described as 'smart and pacy' by the Sunday Times and 'a delight' by The Times. Grk books have been shortlisted for the Branford Boase and Blue Peter Book Awards.

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Praise for books by this author:

The Island of Thieves:

'One of the best children's adventure stories of the year.' - Books for Keeps

Grk and the Hot Dog Trail: 'Doder has breathed new life into the classic ingredients of children's adventure writing . . . Gr-eat stuff.' - TES

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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112 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd May 2012




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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