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Author: Joanne Ryder, Laurence Yep Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Dragon’s Guides Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781101891575
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Fans of How to Train Your Dragon will love this whimsical tale, the first in a series, by a Newbery Honor winner, featuring charming illustrations and pet "training tips" in each chapter.

Crusty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly enough, Winnie seems to think Miss Drake is her pet—a ridiculous notion!

Unknown to most of its inhabitants, the City by the Bay is home to many mysterious and fantastic creatures, hidden beneath the parks, among the clouds, and even in plain sight. And Winnie wants to draw every new creature she encounters: the good, the bad, and the ugly. But Winnie’s sketchbook is not what it seems. Somehow, her sketchlings have been set loose on the city streets! It will take Winnie and Miss Drake’s combined efforts to put an end to the mayhem . . . before it’s too late.

This refreshing debut collaboration by Laurence Yep, a two-time Newbery Honor winner and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner, and Joanne Ryder features illustrations by Mary GrandPré.     

Praise for A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
*“Warm humor, magical mishaps, and the main characters’ budding mutual respect and affection combine to give this opener for a planned series a special shine.” –Booklist, Starred
“Aternately comical, suspenseful and sometimes sweetly emotional.” –Kirkus Reviews
“With a black-and-white spot illustration opening most chapters, an engaging narrator, and a consistently fluid writing style, this title makes a fine dragon choice for readers.” –School Library Journal
“In this series launch, Yep and Ryder conjure up a world where dragons and humans interact, and the results are heartwarming and quite funny.” –Publishers Weekly
“A clever and amusing novel that imagines a magical world that nestles right up against our own and sometimes crosses over.” –The Bulleting of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter
"Yep and Ryder keep the magic coming with their whimsical fantasy, enhanced by Grandpré's sweet drawings. The story positively vibrates with fun." —Kirkus Reviews

" Lighthearted episodes of unusual school lessons and field trips, illustrated by GrandPré’s winsome spot art, are grounded by Miss Drake’s more serious encounters with the goons...a gratifying development as this buoyant, fantastical series continues."—The Horn Book Review

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Quotes & Awards

  • Warm humor, magical mishaps, and the main characters’ budding mutual respect and affection combine to give this opener for a planned series a special shine that will draw readers and leave them impatient for sequels. Booklist starred review
  • “Though Miss Drake is a curmudgeonly dragon, she gradually warms to her new companion and introduces her to the magical creatures that live secretly in their city of San Francisco. Miss Drake narrates the tale with an engaging, whimsical tone…With…a consistently fluid writing style, this title makes a fine dragon choice for readers not yet ready for more weighty fantasy novels.”

    School Library Journal

  • “There is magic in San Francisco and in the hands of expert storytellers Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder it is indeed enchanting…The recapture of these cunning, mischievous, and dangerous creatures is the principle story of the book and a wonderful story it is!…There is a deeper message in this book, which is about dealing with the loss of loved ones, caring deeply for the people in your life, letting go of the things you cannot keep, and, most importantly, forging strong bonds of family with unexpected beings who are related to you only by love…This book has so much incredible storytelling that it is an easy book to love.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “This comedy starring a 3,000-year-old dragon and a scrappy little girl takes young readers into a fantasy world situated right next to ours…Yep and Ryder write the story from Miss Drake’s prissy perspective, using the framework of a pet-care book. The tale is alternately comical, suspenseful, and sometimes sweetly emotional…Delightful whimsy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Susan Denaker delivers a comedic tale of a dragon who learns she has a soft heart in this audiobook perfect for young listeners…Denaker mixes highbrow elegance with humor and heart to create the stiff Miss Drake. As the character becomes more endearing as the story goes on, Denaker’s narration deftly reflects her change of heart. Young listeners will surely relate to the excitable Winnie as they revel in the adventures she has with her dragon.”


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About the Author

Laurence Yep is a two-time Newbery Honor winner, a recipient of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and a nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He is the author of over sixty books, including the bestselling Isabelle, American Girl of the Year titles.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.