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Summary: Pyrolavadon (who goes by "Py") has been exiled from his home planet of Dragondrop. In his attempt to escape from his pursuers, he tells Transzip (the inter-galactic dragon transportation system) to take him “somewhere far away.” That is how Py comes to Earth. After a couple days of wandering about learning various languages and studying human habits, Py peers into the window of a house and discovers Lily, a little girl drawing a picture of a dragon. This isn’t just any dragon; it looks uncannily like him. Because of this, Py decides to reveal himself to Lily and the two form a strong bond of friendship. Yet they each hold a secret. Py refuses to tell Lily why exactly he chose to travel to Earth, and she fails to explain why her parents are overly concerned about her. This is a eBook-only realistic fantasy for teens.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 and Up; read yourself: 10 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: While Dragon Drop was an easy read for me, I enjoyed it a lot. The entire story is told from Py’s point of view, and the writing flows smoothly even though Py is constantly asking questions about some of the mundane things on Earth. The characters and their relationships (including the inter-dragon interactions - are very realistic.
The lessons of friendship and honesty that readers can learn from the development of Lily and Py’s relationship are simple and applicable to everyone. Above all else, you must be honest to someone you consider a close friend. Even if you’re upset or they’re frustrated, telling the truth is better than crafting a lie to try and make yourself look better.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a novel about friendships, family, devotion, and love. It is also about telling the truth while holding back words or thoughts that could be hurtful. It’s a book about discovery, believing in the impossible, and tapping into our source. Most of all, the novel is entertaining, sweet, and a great read for all ages.
The author wrote this story as a love note to his daughter. Through his spirited words, it’s obvious that family, connection, love, respect, and caring are paramount in one’s life. This is a heartfelt read for the entire family. I laughed, cried, and got goosebumps. Most of all, I am now searching the skies for dragons. They are real.
Pros: Readers will be captivated by Py and Lily's story. This is a book that everyone in the family will enjoy together.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story you can read together or everyone can read independently.
Educational Themes: This would be a wonderful choice for a book club or family reading (everyone reads independently and then talk about it together). It covers many topics we as parents want to share with our kids: friendships, family, devotion, honesty, and love.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. This is in their personal library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, dragons, fantasy, friendship, life lessons, Young Adult
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at amazon.com.