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Author: Stephen Cartwright

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Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd,

Material: paperback

Summary: A pet dragon goes to school and causes trouble by breaking the rules and generally making messes. This is a lift-the-flap book about learning how to behave in school.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 3-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My son laughed at the funny events and loved lifting the flaps to see what the dragon did. He wanted to read this one right away. We discussed the activities that happen at school.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was lots of fun to read, and I enjoyed laughing with my child at the dragon's antics.

Pros: Toddlers, preschoolers, and kids getting ready for Kindergarten will enjoy this book, with its interactive play and colorful and cute pictures.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Kids will want to read and play with this book a lot, so it will help reinforce the idea of making good choices.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MOUSE'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL   ALPHABET BOOK (Usborne Farmyard Tales)   SPLAT THE CAT

Educational Themes: I worked with my 3-year-old on his storytelling. The text does not explicitly say what actions the dragon has done, so I had my son explain the pictures in increasingly complete and coherent sentences.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, dragons, interactive learning

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2008

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