A guest review from my nine-year-old daughter:
There’s a Dragon in My Backpack is an exhilarating book about a boy named Eric who got a dragon from China in a take-out box. It’s about a dragon or a mini dragon named Pan that gets kidnapped by his neighbor, a little boy named Toby. Toby has the exact same backpack as Eric. Toby had asked to borrow Pan for show-and-tell. Toby said everything at his school was very competitive. He thought Pan was an electronic dragon. The next morning when Eric went to school Toby purposefully changed backpacks–stealing Pan! The next day Eric gets into his backpack for his report due that day and sees no report and no Pan. At lunch he receives lunch detention from his teacher, Miss Biggs. He sneaks out and borrows a golf cart to drive to Toby’s school to look for Pan. There he meets a little boy and little girl who agreed to help him as long as they could humiliate Toby, who had been mean to them. Together they rescue Pan from Toby’s backpack and replace him with the world’s biggest encyclopedia. When Eric returns to school, Pan distracts Miss Biggs and Eric is able to escape to recess.
This story had a sense of humor along with a tone of seriousness between the funny parts.
My daughter was glued to this story from start to finish. In a world of distractions, that is high praise, even for an avid reader. We highly recommend this short and humorous book for second- to third-grade readers–or more advanced readers who enjoy a funny story.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance ecopy.