We live in Norfolk, UK and are always keen to showcase local talent. We were delighted when Todd Henderson and James McNulty asked us to review their first self published book “The Dragon’s Disguise.”
Published in 2015, the book is about Oscar, a young boy, who is convinced a thunderstorm is really a dragon. He believes he will be eaten by the dragon as he runs from his tree house to the safety of his house. It is a fantastic way to introduce children to the concept of thunderstorms or to dispel any fears a child may have about thunder and lightening. The book also shows that although your imagination may run wild at times, the truth is probably less scary.
The rhyming story isn’t typical of today’s children’s books. Some of the language can appear more traditional such as “I must make a swift housebound return. On the dragon’s last visit the forest did burn!” However, this adds to the appeal of the story as the rhymes are not predictable.
The illustrations fully capture the story line and add a wonderful dimension to the book. You can spot the dragons eyes within the thunder clouds and Oscar’s toy dragon throughout the story. We also love the reference to local landmarks of Norwich Castle and Cathedral.
Adam is truly captivated by the story. He frequently asks for the book before bed time and loves shouting out when he has spotted the dragon. You can usually hear Adam roaring like a dragon throughout the story. We are yet to experience a thunderstorm since reading the book. It will be interesting to see if Adam considers the storm to be a dragon or not!
Exciting news: Oscar’s second adventure – A Storm Is The Norm – has just been released! Book books can be purchased in store at Jarrolds Book Department in Norwich or online at Amazon (affiliate link). Why not follow The Dragon’s Disguise online, on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest updates on Oscar’s future adventures!
Disclaimer: We were given a copy of The Dragon’s Disguise to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.