Illustrator: Jack Foster
Genre: Children’s Books
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing
Publication date: February 14, 2020
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Alfie snuggles down in bed,
dreams still in his little head.
He dreams he’s a king going out for a ride.
“A dragon sleeps in front of the gate,” they cried.
How will they succeed in waking him up?
By helping each other and lots of luck.
What a delightful book with a relevant moral lesson!
I read the book on a Kindle, so I couldn’t see the colors. Even then, the illustrations were so attractive that it felt like I had been transported back to my childhood, devouring picture books. Each page has an illustration, with the accompanying verse beneath it.
Walters writes in pretty rhymed verse that makes it perfect to read out to young children, complete with sound effects. You know she understands children as she describes each step in Alfie’s dream as an important event.
She describes people and their occupations (castle band, cooks, blacksmiths, jesters, villagers) and the physical characteristics of the dragon in a non-threatening manner.
On a macro level, the book teaches the value of being kind and empathetic, and taking a considerate approach to solving problems. The moral of the story (according to me) is that you needn’t use force to resolve issues–a patient and thoughtful approach will do the trick just as well!
My preschooler loved the book, and he often asks me to read the “dragon story” to him.
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About the Author
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books. Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
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(I received a copy of the book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for a review. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.)
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