When a young boy experiences the unexpected death of a loved one, an invisible dragon swoops in and perches on top of his head. A most unwelcome guest, the dragon follows him to school, sleeps on his chest at night (making it hard for him to breathe), and even crashes his birthday party. As the boy processes his loss day by day, his relationship with the dragon begins to change in surprising ways.
My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon is a story for children dealing with bereavement—and for those who want to better understand a grieving friend. Using the metaphor of the dragon, a light tone, and touches of humor, Angie Lucas and Birgitta Sif handle this heavy topic with sensitivity and compassion. The story shows that healing takes time and that it’s okay to experience a wide range of emotions while adapting to a new normal.
“Both sensitive and sensible: If some dragons can’t be vanquished, with time and help they can be borne…closes with a wonderfully perceptive insight …” —Kirkus Reviews
“Stays true to the boy’s perspective through a landscape of shifting emotions, creating a narrative that reads childlike and true, with dashes of humor and playfulness…” —Publisher’s Weekly