For those of you acquainted with Chris D'Lacey's Last Dragon Chronicles (The Fire Within, Icefire, Fire Star, The Fire Eternal, Dark Fire), Gruffen will be an absolute delight. Herein, we have Gruffen's story. You remember him--the guard dragon? Prior to David's introduction to the Pennykettle household, we discover why Liz created Gruffen and why he has his quirks.
What I thought: A quick read that will introduce younger readers to the Pennykettles and their dragons. The illustrations add charm to the story. A treat for fans of D'Lacey's other series as well.
(Illus. Adam Stower. New York: Orchard, 2009)