Secret Lives of Dragons by “Prof” Zoya Agnis, illustrated by Alexander Utkin

Secret Lives of Dragons by “Prof” Zoya Agnis, illustrated by Alexander Utkin. Flying Eye Books, 2021. 9781838740474

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

What did you like about the book? This imaginative book reads like a nonfiction book, teaching readers what a dragon is, which ones live where, dragon history, and about those who study dragons. According to this account, dragons began in the Triassic era and have dwindled and surged in numbers. They have evolved and learned to keep well hidden. Readers learn how a dragon is able to breathe fire, a skill they have to learn as well as different characteristics about different dragon species. Striking illustrations bring the different species alive with details about the animals and  their unique habitats as well.

Anything you did not like about the book? It was almost too believable (which is not necessarily a bad thing)!

To whom would you recommend this book? Ages 8-12

Who should buy this book? Dragon and fantasy lovers

Where would you shelve it? Middle-grade fiction/fantasy

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, Massachusetts.

Date of review: December 23, 2021

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