Young Drake the dragon is sent to the local village to cause some mischief and start a fire. But Drake has only ever breathed fire to roast a tasty caterpillar. How will be burn down a whole house? Or a school? Or even an old wooden shack? Has Drake got what it takes to make his father proud? Dragons: Father and Son is a funny and moving story about the bonds between fathers and children, with a positive, peaceful message – and all the magic and mayhem you’d hope for in a tale about dragons.
I liked that the drawings weren’t the normal ‘cutesy’, soft, bright purple or green colors you often see in Dragon stories. These images were tougher and reflected the personality of the story being told. The images practically tell the story without the words making it a great book to open discussions with kids.
You can see the anger on the Dad Dragon’s face when he’s interacting with his son, the fear on the son’s when he can’t sleep because he has to go do something he doesn’t want to the next day, the inquisitiveness on the children’s faces from the classroom and the fear on the teacher’s as she’s trying to stop her classroom from getting incinerated.
When you get done smiling at the artistic pursuits across the pages take a moment to enjoy the words that bring even more meaning to the images. A story about family, finding yourself outside expectations, redefining traditions and discovering the best when you were expecting the worst.
It’s a story about more than fathers and sons. It’s a story about finding your own identity, making your own decisions and enjoying the best the world has to offer.
Thank you to Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for allowing me to review this!
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