Saturday, September 21, 2019

Review: I Love My Dragon by Jodi Moore

by Jodi Moore
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Flashlight Press
 Board Book
24 pages
ages 2 to 5

With a little free time, some hands-on play, and a big imagination, magical things can happen. In I Love My Dragon, a dragon-loving boy shares the many ways he and his dragon have fun together. Babies and toddlers will love seeing the pair play together at home, in the pool, at the beach, and more.


This tale of a very special relationship touches the heart and lets imagination have free flight in a simple yet fun way.

The dragon has been this boy's friend since the day he was born. Every moment, the dragon is by his side and definitely gains best friend status. At the beach, the pool and even in the snow, the dragon is always there.

Friendship rings loud and clear in these pages, and a very special kind. Perhaps, the dragon is real, but there's enough to reason to think it might be an imaginary friend. Either way, it doesn't matter. The dragon means the world to the boy and visa-versa. It's inspiring and shows what real love and friendship really is, even if it's with something as wonderful as a dragon. The addition of the little brother adds a nice, family warmth. In other words, this is a wholesome read which leaves young listeners feeling loved, while inviting them to dream away.

The illustrations and book are perfect for the intended age group. While simple, they still bring across the situations and emotions very nicely. It's hard not to wish the dragon were real and give it a huge hug. This is a book young listeners are sure to enjoy, and especially those with an extra love for dragons.

And here they are...

The Author...
Jodi Moore is the award-winning author of When A Dragon Moves In and When A Dragon Moves In Again, and an inspiring speaker at schools and writing conferences. She believes that castles and hearts are best when filled with family, music and love. She is the mother of two grown sons, and lives with her husband in Boalsburg, PA.

The Illustrator...
Howard McWilliam is the award-winning illustrator of  When A Dragon Moves In, When A Dragon Moves In Again, I Need My Monster, That's MY Monster!, and How I Met My Monster. He is the cover artist of The Week (UK and US), and has illustrated dozens of books for children. He lives in Cheltenham, England with his wife an three sons.

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