Review of Who Loves the Dragon?
The Children’s Book Review
Who Loves the Dragon?
Written by Bianca Schulze
Illustrated by Samara Hardy
Ages 3-6 | 32 Pages
Publisher: Clever Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1951100438
What to expect: Dragons, humor, interactive story
It’s time to cheer up Dragon – are you ready to share the love?
Dragon absolutely adores her friends. They’re so fun and always make her feel special, and they sure know how to wiggle and party! But what’s this? It’s the day of the annual Friendship Festival, but all of her friends are too busy to go with her. Instead of watching jesters juggle and brave knights joust, and instead of wandering through markets and listening to musicians, Dragon is all alone!
It’s no wonder she’s feeling a bit…fiery. It’s time to help the teeny mice calm the dragon down with some cooling-off techniques where little readers will get in on the fun. Everyone can use a good count-to-ten occasionally! Once Dragon has calmed down a bit, it’s time to make her feel the love. Children show sweet, zesty dragon some appreciation with positive, loving affirmations and silly dragon jokes. And what dragon wouldn’t want a lovely, long pet along her scales? By the time Dragon’s friends arrive with a surprise party just for her, Dragon is in the best mood and feels SO loved. And little readers will too!
The super-talented team of author Bianca Schulze and illustrator Samara Hardy are back with this loving tail about our favorite feisty dragon friend. With Schulze’s exciting interactive story and Hardy’s fantastically bright illustrations, children will be more than happy to help cheer the dragon up (and perhaps, cheer themselves up along the way!). With real techniques to help anyone calm down and brighten up, like counting to ten, dancing, and telling silly jokes – this fantastic story can actually help children with their own grumpy feelings or anxiety. And during a pandemic or any other stressful time, this book can be a welcome and entertaining tool to chase those stressful (and, in Dragon’s case, fiery) crankies away.
The sweet and diversely cast illustrations are delightfully detailed (check out those silly mice and female knights!) and have Easter-egg surprises from the previous book. The prose rolls off your tongue, making it a pleasure for parents to read, which will most surely happen again and again.
With enchanting pictures and a captivating storyline, WHO LOVES THE DRAGON is sure to be your child’s new favorite book! Highly recommended.
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About the Author
Bianca Schulze is the founder and editor of The Children’s Books Review – a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. Bianca is also the bestselling author of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, an Amazon “Book of the Month” in 2016. She is a reader, reviewer, mother, and children’s book lover. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Bianca now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.
For more information, visit biancaschulze.com
About the Illustrator
Samara Hardy is the illustrator of Don’t Wake the Dragon, Who Loves the Dragon?, and Just Be Yourself, Dragon! An experienced illustrator and designer, she has created artwork for clients across the globe for greetings cards, stationery, homewares, children’s books, and much more. She lives in Surrey, England.
For more information, visit samarahardy.com
Who Loves the Dragon?, written by Bianca Schulze and illustrated by Samara Hardy, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Who Loves the Dragon? by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Bianca Schulze, Dragons, Friendship, Interactive Books, Love, Picture Book, Samara Hardy, and Valentine’s Day Books.