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Dear Dragon

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  854 ratings  ·  196 reviews
A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Michele Knott
I have a confession to make. I actually read the mock up of this book back in July 2015. And it was my favorite Josh Funk book. Shhhhh, it still is.
I love this book because of the joy it gives to readers.
I love this book because of the many mentor text purposes it has.

Thrilled to be sharing it with readers and teachers.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This books is by far the CUTEST book I've ever read. I love the rhyming and the letters. As they write to each other I love how they have the duel perspective because they don't know that they are writing to a human/dragon. I also love the moment they meet. Everyone is shocked by what they see, but none of that matters because they are all happy to meet in person and have a good picnic. It gives a great message to kids about physical features and how to get past that and discover who someone is ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Dragon Lovers / Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Friendship
When Blaise and George are assigned to one another in a school pen-pal project, neither is aware of the other's identity. George Slair imagines that Blaise Dragomir is a human boy like himself, while Blaise thinks that George is a dragon. As the two correspond, they become better and better friends, eventually deciding to continue writing to one another even when the school assignment ends. But when their respective schools arrange a pen pal picnic, and they discover just who they've been writin ...more
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Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
George and Blaise begin the new school year, at two different schools, assigned as pen pals. They will write, in rhyme, to each other during the school year. This new activity is a first for both boys, who rely on twenty-first century technology, including the internet, social media, and texting via smart phones. Putting a pen to paper will be a conundrum for both boys. To add a layer of difficulty, each letter must be written in rhyming poetry. Wow.

Letters begin as formal short descriptions of
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I simply adored this book. It was quite clever and imaginative! I imagine it took a lot of thought to try to show how different George and Blaise's lives might be and how they might misinterpret the descriptions of simple daily life events. I am a huge fan of Josh Funk's writing and recommend all of his books. They all are witty and humorous, and my son and I always giggle while we read them. Each of his books teaches a life lesson that has been very useful for me as a mom, and I know they are e ...more
Paul Orsino
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Josh Funk, author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, is back with another hilarious, charming, and rhyming picture book!

Dear Dragon is the story of two students who have been paired as “pen pals” for the year. Blaise, a dragon, and George, a human, are tasked with getting to know each other through the exchange of written letters. Neither of the boys are particularly fond of writing but reluctantly participate in this exchange. As the letters start to arrive, George and Blaise get to know each
Julie Kirchner
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first read this book at NErDCampMI with the author by my side. Pretty lucky! A great story of two pen pals and their journey to get to know each other through letters and then finally in person. I love how they start out not enjoying writing and through their friendship, develop a desire to write beyond the assignment. Watching friendships grow as they get to know each other through written word, the way inaccurate assumptions are discredited in the end, and a true friendship is solidified des ...more
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I just love the illustrations that go with the letters. I think this would lead to great discussions about point of view...thinking about others...different perspectives, etc.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dear Dragon is such a clever and hilarious book about friendship and mistaken identity told in rhyme. It’ll be perfect for National Poetry Month but I know I’ll be recommending it year-round!
Stephanie Croaning
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2017
This clever story features two pen-pals getting to know each other through the exchange of rhyming letters. When they meet face-to-face, will their expectations match reality?

Picture book, fiction
Interest level: K-3; Reading level: 2.6
4 out of 5 stars

As an assignment for class, students in two different schools are assigned pen pals. They are to write letters that rhyme to their assigned pal. Readers get to instantly see that the two schools are VERY school is for humans and the
Lynn  Davidson
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that made me laugh out loud. It's delightful!

Written in rhyme it's about a class of young children - focusing on one boy in particular - involved in a penpal program. They are to write faithfully in rhyme to their penpals. The funny thing is they are given dragon penpals but, until the penpal picnic at the end, the dragons think their penpals are dragons and the children think theirs are children.

The illustrations show how the boy and his dragon penpal are misundersta
Karen Upper
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic concept!
This tale introduces the concept {old-fashioned for sure, :-)} of actually writing letters! WOW! Letter writing is greeted with a great sigh of reluctance....and as time continues ....this initial emotion is transformed, as each 'pen pal' begins to find common ground /interests.....and at the reveal where the pen-pals come face to face.....holds a delightful surprise for both the reader as they witness the characters reacting to the discovery of their differences!

Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cute book. Two people have a class assignment to write a letter to a new pen pal in poetry form. What is neat about this book is the side by side pictures. So if Blaise is reading a letter from George, you have one side that shows what Blaise is thinking, and one side that shows what George meant. Only towards the end do they know one is human and one is dragon. This was a neat way to tell a story. Lots of fun.
Villain E
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute. A boy doesn't realize his pen pal is a dragon, and the dragon doesn't realize his pen pal is a human, leading to some misinterpretations of their messages. Funny, but basically the same joke repeated.
Penny Ramirez
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What fun! Poetry and pen pals! I would really like to have a dragon as a pen pal.

The bright, colorful artwork was engaging. I enjoyed how George and Blaise each imagined the other's activities.
Jan Polep
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite kind of book (written in letter form) revives the idea of pen media before there was social media. The hidden message in this rhyming pre-school -3rd grade picture book is how easy it is to become friends if kids/dragons substract what they look like and concentrate on what they have in common. The meet-up at the end is priceless. Thanks for the recommend, Penny!
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I like the story a lot and the pictures even more but the rhythm of the poetry really did not work for me.
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the rhyming and the surprise. A great book to use when introducing pen pals. Letter writing seems to be a dying art so I'm a strong advocate for letter writing with children. It's writing with a purpose and audience and who doesn't love receiving mail?
For more than a year two people have exchanged messages by mail, email, almost daily. These letters are written and sent in the morning. They are a way to stay connected, to gather thoughts about each day, to set goals, rejoice in accomplishments and to chronicle events. They are a way to understand each other's likes, dislikes, and personalities and to grow a friendship. These two people realize the value of written communication, the art in selecting the right words.

When you know you will be
Jillian Heise
Got to read an early copy of the final version of this book, and I so adore it still! The story is sweet, told in rhyming pen pal letters, the illustrations are fabulous and add to the story, and the message is important and accessible. This begs to be shared with kids!!
Original thoughts on mock up: I absolutely adored this story! I was lucky to see an early mock-up copy of it, and even without final illustrations, I can tell they are going to be incredible. I especially like the layout of the
Kellee Moye
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The books I find myself gravitating towards and recommending the most are the books that I not only love as a mother but can also definitely see the application of the book in all levels of classrooms. Dear Dragon fits into this category because it is such an amusing and fun book that is just a blast to read and discuss; however, it also has so many ways that I can see myself and other teachers using it in the classroom: fo
This is such a fun picture book that mixes pen pal letters and poetry in such a creative way. George and Blaise are part of their respective schools' pen pal project. Their assignment is to write pen pal letters that rhyme! They write back and forth and discover all sorts of cool things about each other and develop a great friendship! The only thing that they don't know is that they are different in a very significant way. Wait until they meet each other at the Pen Pal Picnic at the end of the s ...more
Joanne Roberts
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dear dragon uses sing-song rhyme to carry the story. The shtick is that the main character doesn't realize his pen-pal is a dragon, (nor does the little dragon realize his pen-pal is a boy.) There isn't much of a reveal, but rather the humor comes from misunderstandings as each character reads the next letter. The story arc is rather flat, as the climactic problem is "what will happen when these two meet?" Without more of a climax, the ending feels predictable and didactic. The resolution is one ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing illustrations and an endearing story of a boy and a dragon. This has so many uses in the classroom from letter writing, rhyming, friendship and more importantly one of accepting differences! My copy is already pre-ordered for the classroom!
Colby Sharp
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2016
A great read aloud. My daughter couldn't wait to get to the end to see how this one ended.
Amanda Oquendo
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
1. Awards: Nerdy Book Club Award

2. Grade Level(s): Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

3. Summary: The book “Dear Dragon” by Josh Funk is about a young boy named George who is pen pals with a dragon named Blaise. They write letters to each other about their lives such as their birthdays, pets, and their favorite things but they do not know that one is a dragon and the other is a human. In the end they finally meet each other face to face.

4. Review: Overall, I think that this is an excellent book of fantasy
Megan Schmelzer
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer

Poetry books are often hard for students. Any time I mention that we are going to read a poetry book, I am met with groans from my students. But I promise you, no groans will be happening with this poetry book! Check out Dear Dragon by Josh Funk in order to foster a love for poetry within your young readers!

Dear Dragon is a poetry book that tells the story of how two secret pen pals become great friends. Little do the pen pals know, they
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Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
f you are a fan of Josh Funk, this flaming good book won’t come as a surprise. I hadn’t thought about having a pen pall since grade school. I thoroughly enjoyed Funk’s approach to this book. The students started as strangers, addressing each other by Dear First Name Last Name but as their relationship evolved; so did their salutation and the brevity of their conversation. Funk’s ability to bring people together is a thing of beauty. This is definitely a book that you should add to your collectio ...more
I loved this book! Two young boys get assigned to be pen-pals and tell of their adventures. Little do they realize that one is human and one is a dragon. Each spread has the recipient imagining what the other is writing about as well as the writer actually doing it. So when Blaise Dragomir writes about skydiving off Falcor Peak, he is using his wings to soar down, but George Slair imagines him jumping from an airplane with a parachute. When the two classes get together for a picnic all of the st ...more
Laura Mossa
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Josh Funk has written an engaging and hilarious story about a boy, George Slair, and a dragon, Blaise Dragonmir, who are assigned pen pals. Because their correspondence must rhyme, reading aloud each letter is a lot of fun! What is equally entertaining is the illustrations, for both George and Blaise visualize the contents of the letter they receive but the true account is also revealed on the opposing page.

At first, George and Blaise admit that they do not like writing, but by the end of the st
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Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the It's Not a Fairy Tale series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series in conjunction with the New York Public Library, Dear Dragon, Albie Newton, Pirasaurs!, A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure, and more coming soon!

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