The Dragonsitter Takes Off


By Josh Lacey

Illustrated by Garry Parsons

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Book 2 in a fresh and funny chapter book series, told completely in emails, about the misadventures of Eddie and a naughty pet dragon!

Dear Uncle Morton: Ziggy won’t move from the linen closet. He still hasn’t eaten a thing. I’m really quite worried about him.

Eddie had thought that dragonsitting would be easy this time–until Ziggy disappears, only to be found in the linen closet, refusing to budge. Then, Eddie learns that his uncle’s dragon has been keeping a big secret. The Dragonsitter Takes Off takes readers along on a high-flying ride that will have them begging for more adventures!


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Table of Contents

A Sneak Peek of The Dragonsitter's Castle

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Dear Uncle Morton,

I know you don't want to be disturbed, but I have to tell you some very bad news.

Ziggy has disappeared.

Mom says he was asleep on the carpet when she went to bed, but this morning he was nowhere to be seen.

I'm really sorry, Uncle Morton. We've only been looking after him for one night, and he's run away already.

He must hate being here.

Actually, he did seem depressed when you dropped him off. I bought him a box of malted milks balls as a present, but he didn't eat a single one.

I've been reading your notes. There's lots of useful information about mealtimes and clipping his claws, but nothing about what to do if he disappears.

Should we be searching for him, Uncle Morton? If so, where?


Dear Uncle Morton,

We're back from school and Ziggy still isn't here.

While we were walking home, Emily said she saw him having a snack in the café.

I was already running to fetch him when she yelled, "Just kidding!"

I don't know why she thinks she's funny, because she's really not.

Mom called Mr. McDougall. He said he would row to your island first thing tomorrow morning and look for Ziggy. He can't go now because there's a storm.

I'll let you know as soon as we hear from him.


Dear Uncle Morton,

Don't worry about my other two e-mails. We have found Ziggy.

He was in the linen closet. I suppose he'd crawled in there because it's nice and warm.

Mom was actually the one who found him. You would have thought she'd be pleased, but, in fact, she was furious. She said she didn't want a dirty dragon messing up her clean sheets. She grabbed him by the nose and tried to pull him out. He didn't like that at all. Luckily, Mom moved fast or he would have burned her hand off.

I think she's going to charge you for repainting the wall. There's a big brown patch where he scorched the paint.

I still think he might be depressed.

We had mac and cheese for dinner. I saved some for Ziggy and left it outside the linen closet. When I checked just now, he hadn't even touched it.

But at least he's here and not wandering the streets.



Dear Uncle Morton,

I just wanted to tell you nothing has changed.

Ziggy won't move from the linen closet.

He still hasn't eaten a thing. Not even one malted milk ball.

I'm really quite worried about him.


On Sale
Apr 12, 2016
Page Count
96 pages

Josh Lacey

About the Author

Josh Lacey is the author of many books for children, including The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper, and the Grk series. He worked as a journalist, a teacher, and a screenwriter before writing his first book, A Dog Called Grk. Josh lives in London with his wife and daughters.

Garry Parsons has illustrated several books for children and is the author and illustrator of Krong!, winner of the Perth and Kinross prize.

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