I’d like to start off by saying that the illustrations in this book are FABULOUS. Seriously, the fantasy and colours all combined on this page scream fantastical, fun, and dream-like. I loved it! While they say don’t judge a book by its cover, I’m definitely judging and giving all the props to the illustrator! These pictures are what fantasy books should be like – fun, engaging, colourful, and wild! Love it!
Now onto the actual story:
Davy is a dragon, a famous/popular dragon, is throwing a party for all of the children of the castle. The introduction gives us some good quality background on the town and Davy himself before our story is brought to us. There’s a Christmas party coming up! Then we meet a small child, Tim, who has a prosthetic leg and lots of magical fairies. Christmas tunes, chocolates, and decorations are littered throughout the castle, giving Christmas spirit and vibes to everyone.
There’s very minor conflict in this story, and mostly feels like a fun, friendly storytelling adventure. There is also a religious part of this book, with God and baby Jesus being mentioned. It’s brief and near the end, but it is still important to mention there is a religious aspect in case readers do or do not wish to read about Christianity.
Overall, this is a nice, little Christmas book. It’s friendly, about dragons, and about caring. The message of accepting others, equality, and not being rude is a good one to share.
Three out of five stars.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, Mary L. Schmidt, in exchange of an honest review.
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