Adventure for kids, humour for grown-ups: Dragon Boy by Dick King-Smith

A boy riding a flying dragon from his adopted family

This book has adventure and humour for all ages

Dragon Boy by Dick King-Smith is another classic dragon story from my childhood by one of my favourite children’s authors (he also wrote The Sheep-pig aka Babe). Orphaned John is found crying in the forest by a dragon, Montague Bunsen-Burner. Fortunately for John, Montague’s wife has put him on a strict diet (human beings weren’t agreeing with him). John becomes part of their family and has many adventures including adopting a wolf cub and helping the Bunsen-Burners with their fertility problems. Funny and engaging when I first heard it and then read it as a child, it was only reading as an adult that I appreciated some of its satire, tongue-in-cheek humour and its wonderful appropriation of Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade!

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