The Dragonsitter's Castle by Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter's Castle

Written by Josh Lacey
Part of the The Dragonsitter Series Series

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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 A welcome return to this series, previously shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize. Edward Pickle-Smith writes to his Uncle Morton to ask him why his dragons have arrived unexpectedly. How can he persuade his Uncle Morton to come and fetch them? Edward has done dragon sitting before and knows just what a handful his charges can be! Taking them to a castle in Wales seems like a good idea but even there the dragons can get into lots of trouble.

***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's Castle by Josh Lacey

Dear Uncle Morton, Your dragons are still here. They have eaten the entire contents of the fridge and most of the tins in the cupboard too. Arthur also swallowed three spoons and the remote control. Mum says they will probably come out the other end, but I'm not really looking forward to that.

When Eddie has to take Uncle Morton's dragons away with him in the Christmas holidays - it's not long before they're causing all sorts of mischief again! Dragonsitting isn't getting any easier for Eddie. A castle, a sneezing dragon and a big box of fireworks. Looks like the new year is going to start with a bang! Illustrated throughout by Garry Parsons - the perfect young reader package. Book one in this mini series was incredibly well received on publication:

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‘Short, sharp and funny’ Telegraph

‘Will entertain any child of 7+’ The Times

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

‘Josh Lacey’s comic timing is impeccable . . .This witty little book deserves to be read and reread’ Books for Keeps

‘An enjoyable tale.’ Independent, 50 Best Winter Reads

‘Hilarious story full of useful tips for the dragon-minder.’ Julia Eccleshare, 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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64 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

3rd October 2013




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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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