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Summary

Imagine if you could grow dragons...in your very own garden!

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house - and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker....

Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very...unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker - and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens - more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons....

The first book in a sparky and utterly enchanting new series. 

©2018 Andy Shepherd and Sara Ogilvie (P)2018 Bonnier

Critic reviews

"My favourite sort of book - warm, funny, full of heart." (Polly Faber, author of Mango & Bambang)

"Andy Shepherd's debut is the literary equivalent of a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a warm, sweet treat that, the moment I finished it, made me crave the next one. An enchanting triumph." (Maz Evans, author of Who Let the Gods Out?)

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'Hot' breed and wish fulfilment.

Boy finds strange tree with strange fruit on it. Fruit hatches a dragon!

That's the basic plot, and my son and I really liked this. It reminded me of the Dragonsitter series, but without the danger of a full-grown dragon to worry about. It's at heart a simple story, but has some rather charming elements. Tomas raises his baby dragon, keeping him a secret, though his little sister finds out and her precious little ways are rather adorable.

Friends of course eventually become suspicious - especially when there's explosive dragon poo to be found in Tomas's school bag! One of our favourite scenes, I think. The scenes of baby Flicker causing mayhem are very much in line with the age group's humour.

The issue of 'owning' a dragon, of treating them as pets / property comes up and is handled quite well. A good discussion topic, animal welfare and rights.

A short listen, managed in just a few school runs. We'll probably be seeking out the second instalment in a few months' time. A lively narrator for Tomas who kept us interested, clear voice.

For ages 7-10 primarily.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.