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The Care and Feeding of Dragons Hardcover – February 1, 1998
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5?An amusing sequel to The Dragon That Ate Summer (Scholastic, 1993). Alastair's dragon, Spike, needs so much attention that the boy keeps forgetting to do his homework, and he's headed for big trouble with his new fourth-grade teacher, the dreaded Ms. Cassowary. Then, mysterious men start skulking around Alastair's neighborhood, faces appear in his windows, and his Uncle George is fired from his job as a science researcher of unexplained phenomena such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster?and dragons. The mysteries are solved, and Uncle George gets his job back, after a humorous climax in which Spike's fiery breath stops the evildoers in their tracks. Ms. Cassowary takes it all in stride and even becomes an ally. This short novel, which is more a contemporary school and family story than a fantasy, favors slapstick plot over character development, but Alastair's scrapes, both with and without Spike, will keep readers smiling.?Beth Wright, Edythe Dyer Community Library, Hampden, ME
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 3^-5. A sequel to Seabrooke's Dragon That Ate Summer (1992), this engaging story begins as Alistair starts fourth grade, his mother begins a new job, and his pet dragon, Spike, is left at home alone all day for the first time. Problems arise, but just as Alistair feels that he and Spike have settled into their new routine, a couple of sinister men start snooping around the neighborhood, and the family's elaborate ruse to convince the world that their dragon is really a rare dog begins to break down. Seabrooke stretches readers' credulity as much as their imaginations, but it's all in the interest of good fun. The appealing jacket will draw readers to the book. Carolyn Phelan