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Drag and Rex 1: Forever Friends

Drag and Rex 1: Forever Friends

Illustrated by Blythe Russo


Drag and Rex 1: Forever Friends

About the Book

Meet Drag and Rex, the sweet, silly best friends who find joy and adventure in the simplest places in this charming and cheery modern Frog and Toad.

Drag is a dreamy, literal, impulsive, (and sometimes a little bit scatter-brained) dragon. Rex is a dapper, practical, methodical (and sometimes a little bit stuffy) T.rex. The two may have their differences, but they are both gentle and caring, and the best friends. Forever friends.

Whether it’s deciding what to have for breakfast, working through those tricky zippers, buckles, and buttons to bundle up tight, how to make the best of a snowy day, or how to face down something scary, through patience, cooperation, and a good dose of silliness and humor, these buddies always figure out how to push through their challenges. Together.

Forever Friends features three stories told in short chapters, accompanied by bright, joy-filled full color illustrations, allowing developing readers to gain confidence and a sense of accomplishment as they follow the adventures of their new forever friends.

A Kirkus Reviews' Best Beginning Reader of the Year

Product Details

On sale: November 7, 2023
Age: 6-8 years
Grade: Grades 1-3
Page count: 64 Pages
ISBN: 9781645951155

Author Bio

Susan Lubner is the author of the middle grade novels Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl and The Upside of Ordinary, as well as three picture books. Her Noises at Night, co-authored with Beth Glass, was featured on the Today Show as a “Best Book for Young Children.”

She grew up in Bangor, Maine, and currently lives in Massachusetts.

Blythe Russo is an author-illustrator currently living just outside Cincinnati, Ohio. Her books include Sloth Sleeps Over, Posie the Pika by Paige Braddock, A Flood of Kindness by Ellen Leventhal, and One More Wheel by Colleen AF Venable. She holds a masters in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is an active member of SCBWI.

When she's not drawing, you can find her sewing, building puppets, or in the kitchen on a never-ending quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.


★ "[An] appealing, humorous charmer, the first in a winning new series about a pair of endearing BFFs. . . . Young readers will be delighted by these two and will clamor to join them for forthcoming adventures. The cozy, lively illustrations portray Rex and Drag’s tight bond."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Approachable for young chapter-book readers."The Horn Book

"The gentle action and silly escapades are just right for youngsters, who will have no trouble following these friendship stories. . . A promising start to a sweet new series."—Booklist