Picture Book Review: Dragon Night
It really stands out amongst our other picture books
We were gifted this book and chose to review it.
Review Date: March 8th, 2019
Written by: J. R. Kraus
Georgie is afraid of the night. It’s too dark with the lights off. Too quiet with everyone asleep. And being alone makes everything worse. The dragon is afraid of the knight. After all, the knight carries a heavy sword, and he always wants to fight. The dragon knows just what to do to help Georgie overcome his fear, and the two set off on a unforgettable magical adventure. But when the morning comes, the dragon is still afraid of the knight. How can Georgie help his friend? With kindness and empathy–and a little creativity–maybe Georgie can work some magic of his own.
This book is a good one on multiple levels. First of all, let’s talk about the artwork. It’s a limited color palette with a really distinct style. Almost a woodcut meets screen printing type of style. It’s really cool and it really stands out amongst our other picture books for that reason. It’s just really aesthetically pleasing.
Now for the story itself, I love the fact that a dragon appears from this kid’s book and they both fear a (k)night of some kind. It’s a fun play on the multiple spellings/meanings of the word, which is a good lesson in itself, but then the story goes on to show how each of them try to help the other and find a place that doesn’t scare one another. Ultimately this leads them to facing their fears by seeing them in a new way. It’s a really well done way to tackle feelings like fear and I loved how the story ended.
- Tear & Fold Resistance: 7/10
- Font Readability: 9/10
- Kid Engagement: 8/10
- Mommy Engagement: 9/10