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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Review: Dragon's Egg

I love the endpapers of this book. We see a quail egg, a chicken egg and an ostrich egg all on the left hand page - then - filling most of the right hand page is a whopping great dragon egg.

Dragon eggs are LARGE.

Exciting.

When a young bespectacled lass espies a rather large purple egg underneath some bark in a park, she wonders what's inside. Wanting to ensure the safe passage of its contents, she takes the egg home.

Mum, Dad and Gran are too busy to notice the cumbersome egg, so our lass takes it into her room and nestles it in a box with a rug - and it's not long at all until a baby dragon emerges from the shell, complete with magical, pink, swirling smoke.

What to do with a wee dragon baby who tries desperately to fly but can't because its wings are too tiny? This adorable lass and her teddy know the perfect solution.

Told in rhyming prose, this is a beautifully-penned book, with deliciously rhythmic text and utterly charming, kooky illustrations. Dragon's Egg is the winner of the Beyond Words Children's Picture Book category, organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore.

Title: Dragon's Egg
Author: Caz Goodwin
Illustrator: Low Joo Hong
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: 20 March 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9789814398244
For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book

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