Book review: Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons by Quenby Olson


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Author info: Quenby Olson lives in Central Pennsylvania where she spends most of her time writing, glaring at baskets of unfolded laundry, and telling her kids to stop climbing things. She lives with her husband and five children, who do nothing to dampen her love of classical ballet, geeky crochet, and staying up late to watch old episodes of Doctor Who. Find Quenby online: WebsiteTwitter,

Published: October 26, 2021 Genre: Comedic, Fantasy of Manners Pages: 347 CW: very mild profanity

OVERVIEW: Miss Percy lives with her sister in Upper Plimpton, a pleasant but dull village. She owns nothing of value. She firmly believes that ladies of her age do not have adventures, and has resigned herself to a daily routine to pass the time. 

Then, one day, she inherits a dragon egg. The egg hatches. Her life becomes complicated. And, shudder, exciting.

Mildred Percy may lack agenda and charisma, but she certainly does not lack empathy. Her knees and lower back hurt. She's shy, withdrawn, and can not say no to a good pie. It was refreshing to have such a unique protagonist. Observing her growth and her growing hunger for adventure made me smile. And I consider it high praise - I rarely like characters that much.

I had a blast reading this book. Miss Percy tells an uplifting and warm story. Elegantly written, fast-paced, and with just the right amount of humor. It's the kind of narrative that reassures you that everything will turn out okay in the end, but still offers suspense, frights, humor, and psychological insights. 

CONCLUSION: Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons focuses on the importance of (found) family, acceptance, kindness, and love, but it's also an exciting story about adventure, overcoming adversity, and teamwork. It’s packed full of lyricism, poignancy, and heart. Highly recommended to readers of all ages, especially those tired of doom and gloom.


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