I bought this book after bumping into Mr Wootten on a recent trip to York with my daughters. I actually bought it for them but read it myself first and totally loved it..It was a great bit of escapism from the adult world for a while and the story is a touching one of friendship and the struggle to fit in as a child that most of us will of experienced at some point. It takes you on a journey on many levels with Brian the main character and is certainly a book I would recommend and not just to young people but to us over sized and outdated teens too!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the book,Grown-ups Can't Be Friends With Dragons. A truly wonderful story about a young boy called Brian and his struggle at school and home. This story is about friendship, trust and the magical adventures he shares with a dragon and meeting someone from the past. This book is heart warming and I would recommend it to anyone, it is a great read!
This book works brilliantly on so many levels. My daughter had intuitively described the dragon as the main character's counsellor and now I've read it, I can see what she meant. This is the story of a boy becoming a young man and realising that life is indeed about helping others. There are the two sides to the main character's life, the real, very emotionally difficult side and the imaginary/ fantasy side which helps him reconcile himself to his alcoholic father. The dragon helps heal the boy and Antony Wooten never sherks away from addressing difficult themes. The book is exciting, moving and thought provoking about the meaning of life and about why people are as they are. It's compassionate in it's portrayal of the characters and paints wonderful pictures in the mind.
I bought this for my 13 year old daughter, who loved 'A Tiger Too Many' and has been eagerly waiting for another Antony Wootten novel. We both loved the first novel, and this new offering didn't disappoint! It is not, as might be expected, a book about the friendship between a young boy and a friendly dragon. 'Dragon' is an intriguing being, Brian is a troubled child. We are taken on a journey with Brian as he grows and matures, and his relationship with and understanding of Dragon evolve. The reader is plunged into the action from the outset: this, plus a lack of unnecessary waffling description makes for an exciting read. The writer doesn't patronise his young audience - this is a thought provoking book, whose characters will stay with you long after you have read the final page.
Not just a lovely piece of escapism, this tale provides plenty of food for thought. While the writing is clear enough for younger readers, there is no condescension at any stage, making it readable by readers of all ages and levels. The setting is clear and distinct, but the tale is strong enough to carry across geography, making it accessible to (young) readers in Australia as well as the UK.
The insights given into some "tough" topics are valuable, and especially for adolescents who are each on their own private journeys, this gentle story gives some guidance as to positive responses to develop self-sufficiency and resilience... as well as valuing the power of imagination and the gift of seeing the world as it is.
A brilliant book to buy as a gift for that young person in your life!
When I first read this book I was not at all sure what to expect, even though I trust this author's work and know it to be of a very high standard. I need not have worried. The story is delightful and is beautifully written. It very easily appeals to both girls and boys, with elements appealing to both. The story has a clever twist (which I had not seen coming at all) and a cracking pace is maintained throughout. The characters are wholly believable and wonderfully created (I'm sure they were in my class at school), enticing you into their world in a trice. This book is a must and will enchant even the most reluctant reader. Bravo, Mr. Wootten, keep up the good (brilliant) work.
Having read a Tiger Too Many by this author and loving it, I decided to buy his latest novel Grown-ups Can't Be Friends With Dragons. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I felt I could empathise with the main character Brian. It's a wonderful story about Brian's not so perfect life, friendship, trust and the magical adventures he shares with a dragon when visiting a different era. This book is heart warming and I would recommend it to anyone, it is a great read!
I think this book is brilliant! I felt as though I was in the story with Brian and Dragon. The writer, very cleverly, took me on a journey and managed to make me feel the different emotions of the main character, Brian. It is a story of friendship and trust, which takes you into a world of magic, time and place. When I finished the book, I hoped Antony Wootten would write a sequel! I would love to see this book as a film! I am 10 years old, but I would recommend it to ages 9-900 (as old as Yoda!)
I read this book to my two children 6 & 9. The book included really complex themes; some difficult life challenges but things that families face. I was stunned by the way the children connected and understood and it was fun to see them captivated by Antony's imaginative narrative. We have ordered the next book already! The best thing was that my kids wanted to write to Antony personally . We had a lovely reply within the hour. Fans for life!
I thought this book was brilliant. Brian the main character didn't really get on with his dad and sometimes he got into trouble at school. Brian met a dragon and in time they had a fantastic friendship and went on travels to a time gone by. My favourite part of the book was when Brian and the dragon went on their amazing adventures to see an old woman, they all found that they had to help and trust each other to get through their circumstances and what challenges life had thrown at them. I loved this story.