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Ellie's Dragon

By: Bob Graham

When Ellie is very small, she finds a lovable newborn dragon on a carton of eggs in the grocery store. Ellie calls him Scratch, takes him home, and moves him into her dollhouse. Her mother can’t see Scratch, and her teacher doesn’t notice when Ellie brings Scratch to preschool, yet her friends are amazed. Ellie is lucky to have an affectionate, house-trained dragon like Scratch! But dragons get quite large as they grow. And Ellie is growing, too, moving from dollhouses to dance parties, not noticing that Scratch’s brilliant green scales are beginning to fade a little…

Beloved picture-book creator Bob Graham illustrates the joys of imagination and friendship in this touching story. With his signature gentle wit and warm, whimsically detailed illustrations, he captures the bond between girl and dragon, as well as the changes that come with time’s passage. A wistful, quietly thought-provoking tribute to the friends who appear when we need them most, even if it’s just for a little while.

Full-color illustrations done in watercolor and ink.

ISBN: 9781536211139

JLG Release: Jan 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Animals , Dragons , Mythical creatures , Imagination and play , Friendship , Imaginary companions

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School Library Journal

A simple story of the discovery of an imaginary friend, and the inevitable waning of the relationship as a child grows. While at the grocery store, a small white preschooler, Ellie, discovers a newborn dragon and names it Scratch. The two are inseparable at first. Although Scratch is invisible to adults, all the children Ellie meets are smitten wit A simple story of the discovery of an imaginary friend, and the inevitable waning of the relationship as a child grows. While at the grocery store, a small white preschooler, Ellie, discovers a newborn dragon and names it Scratch. The two are inseparable at first. Although Scratch is invisible to adults, all the children Ellie meets are smitten with the tiny dragon. As Ellie grows up, the friendship fades—along with Ellie’s ability to see Scratch—until one day the dragon quietly leaves. But not to worry, the dragon is quickly adopted by another friend, a small brown-skinned boy, Sam. Graham’s bittersweet text is a pleasure to read aloud: “Ellie grew some more. She turned five and started kindergarten. She was so excited that she forgot to take Scratch along. It completely slipped her mind! / So Ellie didn’t see her dragon’s first flight…which was mainly downward.” Keen observers will note the way that phones and technology take up more of Ellie’s attention as she grows, but readers are left to draw their own conclusion as to whether that’s a hidden message or simply a nod to reality. Graham’s soft illustrations refreshingly include an authentic variety of body shapes, hairstyles, family units, and more to create a world that feels completely ordinary and a little bit magical. ­VERDICT A quiet and sweet contemplation of growing up that is a solid addition for large collections.–Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Lib., MN

Book Details

ISBN

9781536211139

First Release

January 2021

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 11 5/16"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.1; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Animals, Dragons, Mythical creatures, Imagination and play, Friendship, Imaginary companions,

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Book Genres

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