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The Dragonsitter Takes Off (The Dragonsitter Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316299049
LANGUAGE:English

" My four year old loves this book. " said.

" Written as a series of emails, the simple text sparkles with humour and works beautifully with the detailed drawings, so much to enjoy. " said.

" He liked that they were writing notes to each other " said.

" Just read this with my son. He enjoyed it. It is whimsical and fun. I liked the email letter format of the book. It helps reinforce dates and helps teach email composition in an interesting way. It is an easy access story for kids who are starting to read chapter books. " said.

" In The Dragonsitter Takes Off Uncle Morton is on holiday again and Edward and his family look after Ziggy, the dragon, once more. Or they would, if Ziggy didn’t vanish on the first day. When Ziggy is found, an even bigger surprise awaits. Again, we read Edward’s and Uncle Morton’s emails as things don’t go as planned while Uncle Morton is - yet again - conveniently away. The illustrations by Garry Parsons are beautiful, the book is just as entertaining as book #1 (The Dragonsitter). " said.

"Opnieuw lezen we in alle mailtjes van Eddie aan zijn oom Mart hoe het gaat met de draken. Meestal gaat het met de draken heel goed, maar de moeder van Eddie is hard toe aan haar yogaweek om bij te komen van alle ellende van het afgelopen jaar. Dus als de draken onverwacht in de tuin zitten, moet Eddie ervoor zorgen dat ze weg zijn voordat zijn moeder op vakantie gaat. En dat is over twee dagen.... Er zit niks anders op, de draken moeten maar mee naar Eddies vader die gelukkig in het bezit is van een oud, nog op te knappen, kasteeltje. Want opnieuw geeft oom Mart geen antwoord op de vele mailtjes van Eddie. Maar hij heeft er een goede reden voor. Heerlijke humor en lekker veel tekeningen. Voor alle lezers vanaf 8 jaar." said.

"Are you sure Ziggy is a boy? I think he might be a girl. I mean, I think she might be a girl.

Okay. The first book in this series wasn’t amazing, but I wasn’t expecting gender stereotypes and cissexism in a children’s picture book about dragons. Basically, the assumed male dragon, reveals female sex by laying an egg. This shock is the entire plot of the novel. “It had never occurred to me that Ziggy might be female I could have checked I suppose, but I never tried.” This is pretty crass, especially as the dragon appears to be sentience and response to English, so using the wrong proto-pronoun and name should surely have been picked up by now? Also, once the dragon’s true gender is revealed, she behaves like a massive gender stereotype. This will literally includes crying at the kitchen table, moaning about the baby’s father, and bingeing on chocolate. Seriously.
And that’s not all. “I have called him Arthur. Obviously I don’t actually know if he’s a boy or girl, and I’m not going to try and find out, but he looks very boyish to me.” The baby dragon is very sweetly illustrated, but the patriarchism is infuriating.
Okay, trans issues over. Since I am trying to prove I’m not hypersensitive in any way I should also point out there are other lame things about this book. The children celebrate not having to go to school, which is a really bad example to set. Also, the entire narrative is descriptive and void of any emotional or plot tension. It just rolls on at the same pace throughout.
Would not recommend.
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" My four year old loves this book. " said.

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