Published: 28th May 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Format: Hardback Picture Book (ARC from Publisher for Review)
OH LOOK, there’s an EGG in your book!
But this isn’t any old egg – there’s a dragon in it . . . And pretty soon she has set your book ON FIRE. OH NO!
Tom Fletcher and Greg Abbott have created a fantastically interactive sequel to their bestselling There’s a Monster in Your Book. Children will love stroking, poking and flapping the book to make magic happen as they turn the pages. Can they help Little Dragon find a way to stop the fire and fly off on her own adventure?
As soon as I opened my mail and discovered this book from Penguin Random House Australia, I fell in love with it. Tom Fletcher has created the cutest, and uniquely interactive picture book that I have seen in a LONG time. When combined with Greg Abbott’s brightly coloured, and adorably beautiful illustrations, readers of all ages can not help but get caught up in the action.
Hands down, There’s A Dragon In Your Book, is one of my favourite, if not THE favourite, picture book I have seen this year. Possibly even for a couple of years. Unlike traditional picture books, this super sweet and utterly adorable narrative asks for the readers cooperation to help it save the book, and the dragon its surprising found itself faced with.
Tom Fletcher’s story is simple, being mostly compromised of one or two short sentences on a page. It’s clean and easy to understand, and yet, it packs one hell of a imaginative punch with the reader. Using short, snappy phrases, Fletcher expertly asks the reader to carry out simple tasks – “why don’t you tickle her little nose …” and “help dragon blow out the flames and turn the page“, – that more often than not have catastrophic consequences (like setting the book on fire). Smashing through the fourth wall, he asks the reader, not to turn the page, and then converses with them for doing the opposite of what he has asked, while showing them the fall out and consequences of doing just that in a fun, light hearted way.
Greg Abbott’s illustrations are second to none, and when combined with Fletcher’s story, really bring this story not only to life, but a step above the rest. Using mostly, blank space, Abbott relies on a very expressive and adorably cute dragon to carry the story, putting the focus back on Fletcher’s words and the readers action in a brilliantly clever show of story telling. Seriously, if I sound like I’m gushing over this picture book, it’s because I am. I simply can not get enough of it.
Incredibly imaginative, and uniquely interactive, There’s A Dragon In Your Book, is sure to be a crowd pleaser for readers of all ages. It’s the type of book I can’t help but recommending, and forcing on everyone I know, both young and old.
To purchase a copy of There’s A Dragon in Your Book, visit the following online retailers:
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