Thursday, 18 April 2013

Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse and Randy Cecil (Walker Books)

More dragons! We demand more dragons! Charlotte loves them and whenever we spy a dragon-based book at the library, it inevitably ends up in our pile.

This is something rather special though. Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse and Randy Cecil celebrates friendship and caring as we find out all about a young girl who longs for a special friend - a dragony friend - to share her life.

She has a toy dragon, but it's just not the same!

Elsewhere, a lonely dragon lives out a fairly remote life in a cold dank cave. Surely there must be someone out there who can love a dragon, fiery breath and all?

This touching tale brings the two together for adventures and excitement. We loved Randy Cecil's artwork, quite distinctive and unusual for a children's book but absolutely steeped in atmosphere which lends the book a rather sombre feel at times.

Charlotte particularly liked the little princess in the book, clad in her beautiful Belle-type yellow dress - and the dragon is utterly awesome.

If you're looking for a touching tale of friendship, this is a brilliant book.

Charlotte's best bit: The Princess's dress (and toy dragon)

Daddy's favourite bit: Such an unusual book in tone, and a very distinctive art style. Fabulous and a break from the norm, loved it!