Blog tour: ‘The Ultimate Guide to Growing Dragons,’ by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

Ever since Tomas and the dragons’ very first outing in 2018, I have been recommending this series to Year 2 teachers across the land. Imagine my delight in learning that there was finally going to be a ‘non-fiction’ guide to accompany it!

‘Tomas, the boy who grew dragons, is officially the Grand High Dragon Master. He’s an expert at caring for the dragonfruit tree. He knows all the tricks for training dragons, nurturing dragonfruit seedlings and defusing dragon poo. So – he has this brilliant idea. He and his friends have got to get all their dragon expertise down, in one easy-to-read place, for them, and anyone else who might find themselves growing dragons!’

Fans of the stories will appreciate that this guide keeps Tomas’s distinctive voice as narrator. Full of energy and enthusiasm for his fiery friends, Tomas is in his element as he shares the collective wisdom of himself, his friends, and ancient myth – all with the aim of inspiring other aspiring dragon carers.

I really enjoyed the mixture of a brand new dragon adventure, cleverly interwoven with myths and legends from around the world. The team soon realise that despite having successfully cared for plenty of dragons in the past, there is always something new to discover or surprise you!

Sara Ogilvie’s playful illustrations are generously scattered throughout this engaging blast of a book. Highly recommended for readers aged 6+

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Piccadilly Press for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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