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Gliori, Debi: Dragon Loves Penguin.

Gliori, Debi

Dragon Loves Penguin

Bloomsbury, 2013, pp32, 10.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 40883 949 2

A mummy and a daddy penguin are trying to settle baby Bib to sleep but he wants one more story--the one about the dragon who had no egg until she found one abandoned on the ice. Dragon loves her little one, even though she can't fly or breathe fire and is covered in feathers. But while all the others grow big and strong, 'the Little One, being small and fluffy, grew courage instead.'

This is a delightful story and the illustrations are perfect. The soft charcoal lines and muted colours on mainly white backgrounds are simple but strikingly effective. The use of colour is sparing but exactly right and the positioning of text and image on the page draws the reader through the story. The words have simplicity but convey the emotional depth of maternal love with a very warm and loving tone. The facial expressions of both dragons and penguins are simply lovely and I can imagine the young reader, like Bib the little penguin, requesting 'Read it again. Please?'

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Author:Martin, Lesley
Publication:School Librarian
Article Type:Book review
Date:Mar 22, 2014
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