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Friday 29 April 2011

Review: Hunting for Dragons

Not only do Bruce Whatley's illustrations tug at the heartstrings of a childhood long-gone, his stories also seem to hark back to another time.

This talented author/illustrator tends to use time-honoured techniques when he produces books, making for classic tomes our kids and their kids' kids will enjoy.

In Hunting for Dragons, we follow the adventures of a little dragon hunter who seems to find dragons lurking everywhere - in the laundry, at the dinner table, in the bedrooms and all over the house.

But are they really dragons?

Using gorgeously evocative illustrations to 'create' dragons out of everyday objects like piles of washing, books and eyeglasses, even t-bone steaks puffing smoke with tomato ears and a pea eye on dinner plates - Whatley has created a truly beautiful book children will turn to again and again.

And does our little adventurer find a 'real' dragon? or is imagination the only reality here? Well, you'll just have to read it and see.

A real childhood keeper, Hunting for Dragons is just more Whatley genius.

Title: Hunting for Dragons
Author/Illustrator: Bruce Whatley
Publisher: Scholastic, $19.99 RRP
Publication date: December 2010
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9781741693300
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book