Thursday 30 September 2021

Mr Ming and the Mooncake Dragon


Mr Ming and the Mooncake Dragon by Kathy Creamer, illustrated by Amy Calautti (Little Pink Dog Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9780648652878    

Reviewed by Wendy Haynes

This picture book for children aged 4 to 10 explores the story of a shopkeeper Mr. Ming who has a tiny shop on the outskirts of Singapore and sells just about anything you could possibly need. But once a year and when the mooncake festival arrives, he sells mooncakes. These aren’t any old mooncakes; they are the most scrumptious mooncakes. Mr. Ming has a secret recipe for them. But his biggest secret of all is his magical dragon. 

There is a good versus evil story: when Madam Money Bags learns about Mr. Ming’s scrumptious mooncakes, she determined to steal the secret recipe for her own shop in the city. But she is in for a surprise when she seeks into the kitchen of Mr. Ming’s shop, and she ends up in the most unexcepted place.

The text is longer than the traditional picture book of 500 words and best to be read aloud to younger children. This story would also suit older children who enjoy graphic novels. The illustrations are quirky and fun bringing the characters alive with a palate of vibrant colours.



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