Luma and the Pet Dragon – Leah Mohammed

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Luma wakes up on her seventh birthday and knows there is a special day awaiting her. What she doesn’t know however, is that she will not only meet a dragon, but a dragon who can talk. Except when he’s around others – then he appears to be a mischievous puppy.

It’s a big secret for Luma to keep, so when her grandmother, Nani, helps her and gives Luma a charm bracelet with a little magic of its own, things start to get easier!

This is a wonderful chapter book which introduces younger readers to longer books. With humour woven into the story – Tamir the mischievous pup dragon causes all sorts of mishaps – it will capture the reader’s imagination and pull them into the story. This is enhanced by Loretta Schauer’s illustrations which really bring the story to life.

I enjoyed the female representation in this also, as well as the familial bonds. Luma and her Nani have a really positive relationship, showing how important family can be and providing some emotional moments within the story alongside the humour. As well as this, it is so important for children to see themselves reflected in stories, and Luma does this in many ways, a non-nuclear family being just one.

At the end of the stories, there are some pet care tips which I thought were really fun, whilst also adding to the theme of responsibility that is within the book.

If you like the sound of this story, you can buy it here.

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher

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