Billy is a Dragon - First Bite written by Nick Falk & Illustrated by Tony Flowers
Published by Random House Australia
Meet Billy, an ordinary almost 10 year old whose curious nature leads to DISASTER of the fire breathing persuasion.
It all begins with a visit to a something’s not quite right pet shop, Benny’s Pet Shop and an uncontrollable urge to pat a Drag-On lizard. What Billy didn’t plan on was getting bitten on the finger and the chaos that would ensue.
Mum’s ropeable, Becky (Billy’s stinky older sister) freaks out convinced he’s going to infect everyone.
Poor Billy is flapping around the pet shop, lizard still attached to his finger cage and all.
Mum dying of embarrassment drags Billy and Becky out of the store. Only Billy’s dog, Bertha has sympathy for him.
The next day Billy’s finger is looking far from normal he finds the perfect disguise in Dad’s gardening gloves and gives his family a bogus excuse before heading off to school.
It isn’t too long before other strange things begin to happen. Setting the teacher’s hair on fire with a mere burp is far from normal. Billy’s transformation into a Dragon takes place in the school toilets. Billy’s best friend, Jeanie thinks he is even cooler now he’s a dragon but now it’s Billy’s turn to freak out. Apart from his shape shifting Billy is more concerned he is going to end up naked in front of his fellow students. A quick escape through the bathroom window under the guard of Jeanie and Billy takes off towards home using his wings, the only way to travel when you are a dragon of course.
Billy discovers simple things like getting home without being seen, finding something to eat in the kitchen are a lot harder now with wings, claws and really long tail. But how will his parents react?
After thinking it over and realising that being a dragon, although cool, is not going to be cool forever. He has to find out what’s going on and the only one who can answer that question is Benny at the pet shop.
Only problem is Mum and Dad have captured the rogue dragon and have no idea he is their son. As they make a mad dash to sell him to the zoo Billy must get away but how?
Just as a Drag-On lizard caused the mess a Drag-Off lizard must resolve the situation.
Billy resumes his normal appearance but after a secret from Benny Billy realises normal is no longer a word in his vocabulary.
See ya! I’m off to read book two in the series, Billy is a Dragon - Werewolves Beware!
I loved this story from Nick Falk and the carton like illustrations by Tony Flowers. The use of different fonts throughout the book helped keep the pages turning and I didn't feel as if I was reading but merely a part of the story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Nick Falk
Illustrator: Tony Flowers
Title: Billy is a Dragon - First Bite
Publisher: Random House Australia
Published: March 2014