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The Dragonsitter's Castle

Written by Josh Lacey

Part of the The Dragonsitter series Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers

LoveReading View on The Dragonsitter's Castle

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 Synopsis

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:

The Dragonsitter's Castle Press Reviews


‘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

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ISBN: 9781849397698
Publication date: 03/10/2013
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781849397698
Publication date: 3rd October 2013
Author: Josh Lacey
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical

About Josh Lacey

Josh Lacey is the author of many books for children including The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper, The Dragonsitter and the Grk series. He has worked as a journalist and written one book for adults, God is Brazilian. His first book for children, A Dog Called Grk, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and is written under the pseudonym Joshua Doder. Josh lives in London with his wife and daughters.  

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