Kids Book Review: Kitty and Dragon by Meika Hashimoto

Kitty and Dragon

Author: Meika Hashimoto
Illustrator: Gillian Reid
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 20, 2020)
Hardcover, 104 pages
Age Range: Grade 1 – 2


When Kitty looks for the perfect home, she makes an unlikely best friend—Dragon! From Epic! Originals, Kitty and Dragon is a lovable early reader series about finding true friendship when you least expect it.

Book 1 of this early reader series features three adorable stories about Kitty and Dragon—best friends, even when one of them is snoring, being messy, or having a sad day. Even though they are quite different from one another, Kitty and Dragon have learned that there’s nothing better than being together, just the way they are.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a cute “chapter book” for early readers that’s in a similar vein to the Dragon books by Dav Pilkey. There are three stories/chapters included: Kitty and Dragon, Kitty Gets a Cold, and Kitty Tidies Up. Each chapter is basically it’s own picture book set in the same world. We read the first two chapters in one sitting (because my kids demanded we keep reading!) and then the last chapter the next night. This could be read all in one sitting, or chapter by chapter. The illustrations are really cute, and each of the stories is engaging. They’re very simple because this is meant for early readers, but also complex enough that they were enjoyable for my kids to listen to as I read aloud. I’m looking forward to reading this again with my 6 year old so we can practice his reading skills.

Guest review by James (age 6):
Which story was your favorite? “Cleanin’ up a mess, I like where Dragon is cleaning under his tail.”

Guest review by Link (age 4):
Which story was your favorite? “I like the too noisy one.”
“There’s some parts that I really like. I love when them was cute, like when they was kind of cute.”

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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