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What Are Otherworldly Realms Without Dragons?

"Tell Me A Dragon" by Jackie Morris.

Myra here.

I chanced upon this oversize picturebook while browsing at the Zayed Central Library. I just knew that I had to share it for our current reading theme – because what is fantasy without fire-breathing, majestic, human-loving dragons.

Tell Me A Dragon (Amazon | Book Depository)

Written and Illustrated by Jackie Morris
Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (2009)
ISBN: 184507534X (ISBN13: 9781845075347). Borrowed from Zayed Central Library Al Ain. Book photos taken by me.

I suppose I am partial to dragons because I was born during the year of the dragon. I find them to be fascinating, dangerous, volatile creatures with the power of the earth and heavens put together. This gorgeously-illustrated title highlights this quality in bold, bright, exquisite detail.

The book does not really have a storyline to it – just a visual feast of different types of dragons who seem more like the feral-yet-tame companions of (mostly) young girls. One of my favourites is the one above with the bespectacled girl staring off into the city. I like how incongruous the images are: the blending of the fantastical and the mundane.

Another favourite image is the one above since the entire vibe (the desert fiery feel and the man’s outfit and demeanour) reminds me so much of our current home.

This book would be a great addition to this list of dragon-themed books I shared here.

The InComplete Book Of Dragons by Cressida Cowell (Amazon | Book Depository)

The Cuddle Dragon by Axel Janssens (Amazon | Book Depository)

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light (Amazon | Book Depository)

Ballad by Blexbolex (Amazon | Book Depository)


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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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