Dragon Post has the main character writing to ‘experts’ about what to do with a new dragon he has acquired. The return letters are actual letters that the reader can pull out and read! It’s a fun idea for older picture book readers (ones who won’t rip up the letters or munch on them). Each letter has silly aspects to it—fire marks, bite marks from a tiger (lion?), drawings and more.
In all it’s a charming story of correspondence, detailing how to take care of a dragon. (As if all dragons are the same) What I love most is that it encourages a great imagination and that each letter has its own unique stamp on it with an engaging sense of humor.
Bottom line: A definite must-read, must-have for dragon lovers. And letter lovers too.
The format reminds me of a novelty book my sister had when we were in high school, Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock, which portrays the correspondence between two people who eventually fall in love. That’s the simple version: from what I recall, there’s a bit more magic (actual magic!) and lovely letter writing involved. It’s a creative way to tell a story, with the bonus of beautiful illustrations to boot. A picture book for adults, if you will. (Though to be fair, I consider ‘regular’ picture books as being for adults too!)
BONUS: Emma Yarlett also illustrated Penguinaut! written by Marcie Colleen, a lovely picture book about a penguin who wants to be an astronaut. Yes, I bought this book for my nephew, Monkey, who love love loves penguins and astronauts. Yarlett also has a forthcoming book, Beast Feast, out in October which features letters as well.
Confession: I may or may not have a box full of letters from my friends when we were in grade school and middle school (and some from high school). I think they are somewhere in my garage or in my mom’s garage. They are likely VERY embarrassing and charming all at once. I think I’ll pull them up once the girls are back in school….only because I’m sure I don’t want them reading them along with me. :D
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Do you have any old letters? What is your favorite type of ‘novelty’ book? Let me know in the comments!