However, the more I read The Dragon Keeper, the more I liked Meg, despite the fact that I was sure she was written to be an anti-heroine who was hard to like. I liked Meg's friendship with Gemma, one of her fellow zookeepers who was the complete opposite of Meg. I loved how fiercely protective Meg was of Jata, the Komodo dragon under care. And, most of all, I was amused by Meg's relationships with Chuck, her boss, and Antonio, the suave head veterinarian who fancies himself a ladies' man. I can't tell you too much about Meg's relationship with Antonio without spoiling it. Chuck, however, comes across as harried and a little distracted, when he doesn't notice that Meg always signs her name as Meg and not Megan.
As an added bonus, one of my cats loved The Dragon Keeper. Normally, Spencer Pants (who has died since this was written) was more interested in napping and eating, so it was a pleasant surprise when he meandered over to check out the book when it arrived.
I'm giving this 4 paws up, for Jata and especially Meg's relationships with Gemma, Antonio, and Chuck. New, $18.95. Buy it here.
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