Friday 19 December 2014

Isaac's Dragon

Isaac's Dragon by Kaylene Hobson, illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn (Dragon Tales Publishing)
PB RRP $14.95
ISBN 9780992523909

Reviewed by Yvonne Mes

This charming chapter book with its quirky dragon-loving hero is the first in a series. Isaac is desperate for a dragon. He is convinced they exist, no matter what anyone says or thinks and he is determined to get one, preferably before his birthday. But when even his fairy hunting skills and the tooth fairy are not able to help him, he has to think of another way to get his dragon, and soon, it is almost his birthday!
Kaylene Hobson has created an enjoyable character; an optimist with a go-get-em attitude, a big dose of self-confidence, no lack of determination and a unique view of the world. Children will find him admirable and will be able to empathise with his everyday struggles of being a child trying to fit into a world of adult's logic.

I found Isaac's determination, persistence and unwavering self-belief in the face of obstacles  a great read for children who perhaps do not feel as much in control of life, after all Isaac has a solution for everything.

 The illustrations by Ann-Marie Finn compliment the story; she has done a great job bring Isaac's character to life visually.

Isaac's dragon was conceived as a bedtime tale to help Kaylene's son deal with self-confidence issues. I think she has done so superbly and created a fun confidence boosting story for any young reader. It is recommended for ages 4 to 10.

Yvonne Mes is a children's writer and illustrator. Her first picture book, Meet Sidney Nolan (Random House) is scheduled for release in October 2015.

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