The Dragon Tamers
Book review by Trevor Agnew
The Dragon Tamers (2013) James Russell, ill. Link Choi, Dragon Brothers Books,
hardback, 32 pages ISBN 978 0 473 24975 5
“I cannot see a single egg, nor dragon in the sky,” says Paddy resting on a rock. A sudden unexpected event (which will amuse young readers) causes a mass hatching of dragon eggs. Pursued by young dragons, the two boys flee back down the hill. They hide behind a rock but as Link Choi’s beautiful colour illustrations show there is also a dragon sheltering there with them.
“Having dodged the thundering horde, Flynn was feeling bolder,Until he felt a scaly claw fall gently on his shoulder.”
True to storybook tradition, the young dragon bonds with the boys, and they smuggle it back into their bedroom. The final picture shows its tail projecting from under the blankets while the boys feed it scraps from their evening meal. Hanging on the wall above their bed is a framed dragon tooth, a reminder of their battle with the adult dragon in The Dragon Tamers (2012). The saga will continue in the final volume.
The website is at www.dragonbrothersbooks.com
15 Oct 2013