Far too many books written for young people, and especially for young people old enough to read on their own, but not yet sophisticated enough readers for the longer, more adult titles, suffer from almost patronizing levels of inconsistency in storytelling and voice, and gigantic plot holes that are never really explained — young readers are just supposed to either not notice or not care that parts of the book don’t make sense.
Given that I have had the misfortune to read a few of the latter type of book for tween readers lately, A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans was like a breath of fresh air. Simply put, it was perfect. The authors managed to create the perfect voice for this crotchety old dragon lady suffering from the loss of her favorite pet, Fluffy (a.k.a. Amelia), and dealing with the intrusion into her life of Amelia’s plucky young great-niece Winnie. And the story flows perfectly, never challenging my suspension of disbelief and never leaving me bored.
I loved it. I think you will love it too, however old you may happen to be. It was charming and whimsical and just perfect. 🙂