Published by Scholastic on September 1, 1994
Source: I borrowed this book from my local library.
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A lonely little dragon ventures into the world looking for a friend. He is tricked into thinking he has found one after an apple falls on his head. He becomes grief stricken when he believes the apple is lost to him. Will he have his friend back again?
C is 6 years old (almost 7 now). She’s been reading independently really well these past few months. Last week she got her very own library card and came home with a huge stack of books, including Dav Pilkey’s A Friend for Dragon, which she read to me last night.
I probably should have screened this one before handing it to my sweet, sensitive kiddo. But she read on through the difficult parts and finished the story.
This is our conversation after finishing the book (and drying our eyes) — Her review, her star rating. (Personally, I’d rate it a couple stars higher.)
Me: What did you think about this book?
C: Not appropriate, whoever wrote this book. Who even wrote this?
Me: Dav Pilkey.
C: Not appropriate, Dav Pilkey! This is definitely very sad. Why is this in the kids section?! Do you think we should write a “do not read” warning on the front?
Me: No, we shouldn’t deface library books…
C: I give this a 2 out of 5. Because it’s so sad!
Me: Did you like anything about it?
C: I like that Dragon did get a friend, and then he got like, 1,000 friends at the end.
Me: That was really nice. Does that bump up your rating at all?
C: No! I only give it a 2 out of 5. The stupid walrus murdered his apple friend! And the dragon was so lonely. This was too emotional. It’s messing with my brain. My brain is like, crying right now. I kind of need a tissue.
I’m just mad at Dav Pilkey!