cbr12bingo Repeat is: Dragon Meets Boy (because that cool purple/violet cover)
The title is a direct quote from the Kirkus Reviews of 04/15/2020
Did you a) like Toy Story (especially Toy Story 3)? Or b) Did you cry when (spoiler) Andy gave Buzz and Woody to the little girl? Or c) Think Velveteen Rabbit has a good message? If you said yes, then you know a bit about Dragon Meets Boy and its (somewhat sad) ending. (Other spoiler: Dragon does not have the Rabbits fate but does have the tones of a beloved toy).
When the boy of the story says that his dragon is his forever friend, he means it! This is the tale of two best friends and the adventures they go on. But also, the changes that must happen eventually. The ending is (as said) a bit sad but also sweet and hopeful as Dragon finds a new way to help protect the boy and the things that he greatly loves. This is a book about time as well as friendships.
Michael Slack’s illustrations are goofy, quirky and lovable. They show how time passes and the boy grows without coming out and saying, “One day the boy got old and no longer played with Dragon.” And we see how Dragon is affected by time as they are the point of view of the story. The cover of the book allows you to see the colors, details and the pace of the story. Dragon Meets Boy is best for ages 5 to 7 but can be adapted for a slightly younger audience and a beginning reader (with some assistance) could read themselves. Might not work as a group reading, but can work for a one-on-one story time.