By Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey is the author and illustrator of the wildly popular Captain Underpants series. He’s created a number of wonderful books, many of which I truly love; I will forever be his fan for creating the five books in the Dragon series. A Friend for Dragon was the first to be published. The other four titles are Dragon’s Fat Cat, Dragon Gets By, Dragon’s Halloween, and Dragon’s Merry Christmas. They are all wonderful. Dragon is sweet, kind and irresistibly adorable.
Pilkey’s art is bright and happy; crammed with color and outlined with thick black crayon, it is immensely appealing. He occasionally uses patterns in the background creating texture and evoking thoughts of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
A Friend for Dragon is a charming, funny and sometimes sad story of friendship. Told in five chapters, this book could be broken up over a few nights or read through in one sitting.
Dragon is having trouble finding a friend; Crocodile is too grouchy, Hippo is too tired and Squirrel is too busy.
Dragon sits down under a tree. When an apple falls on his head he’s tricked by a passing snake into thinking he’s found his friend.
Dragon, happy to have a new friend, brings the apple home. They have a great time together! Dragon builds a fire and tells the apple scary stories; the apple is a very good listener.
But the next morning when Dragon tries to wake the apple for breakfast, the apple doesn’t respond.
Dragon takes him to the doctor. While in the waiting room, Dragon asks a hungry-looking walrus to watch over his friend while he gets a drink of water. Dragon returns to a vastly different apple; no longer red and shiny, it is now white and wet and skinny. And he still will not respond to Dragon!
Dragon rushes the apple home. The core of his former friend soon turns brown and mushy and Dragon must bury his beloved friend. Dragon is very sad and really misses the apple.
Many months have passed and Dragon still misses his friend. He is less sad now but still lonely. Dragon sits down under a tree in his backyard and wishes for a friend. Once again, Dragon is hit in the head by a falling apple.
A Friend for Dragon is a beautiful and amusing story of friendship, loss and new beginnings.