Review Blog

Jan 31 2011

Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris

cover image

Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2010. ISBN 9781845075347.
Jackie Morris writes on her website , ' One day someone asked me, if I had a dragon, what would it be like. I realized that almost every day it would be different. Some days I would like a big dragon to fight battles for me, sometimes a small dragon to curl around my ear and tell me stories'.
With few words and lyrical illustrations, Morris has built up a gallery of the most wonderful dragons in every size and shape. They range from tiny little dragons, resembling dragonflies that can be found in a garden, to a fierce brown urban dragon, ready to take on the dangers of the city. Each dragon has its own mystical, unique character. Often ridden by equally fabulous people, and drawn in beautiful watercolours, the dragons soar across the sky, race dolphins in the sea and stride across land. One even guards the door while a young child sleeps.
The artwork is superb and an examination of each picture stimulates the imagination and leads the reader off to wondrous worlds of the mind. The concluding double page spread gathers all the dragons together and asks readers to tell about their dragons. This challenge is sure to be taken up by readers and could lead to some stimulating discussion, writing and drawing of their own.
This exquisite book is on the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist, 2011.
Pat Pledger

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates