Title: Dragon Post
Author: Emma Yarlett
Illustrator: Emma Yarlett
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Hardback
Description: Dear you (yes you!!!),
Alan has found a DRAGON in his HOUSE and he doesn’t know what to do!
Open the letters and READ the MAGIC. BUT BE CAREFUL!!!!
DRAGONS are DANGEROUS…aren’t they?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a fun picture book with a interesting twist in how it is read. Dragon Post is a square hardback book filled with thick matt pages with lots of colourful illustrations and some text. Every few pages feature an envelope made of thin card, stuck onto the page, and inside the envelope is a letter for kids to read.
The story is a simple one. One day, a boy called Alex finds a dragon in his house. He’s not sure what to do with it so he writes letters to different people to ask them how to look after the dragon. Every time a reply comes, it’s in the form of a letter in an envelope which children can remove from the book and read. The letters are on thin card and some of them are colourful too. Each of the letters is fun to read and have extra things to notice such as the funny names of the sender, or the postcode often being a play on a word. The whole story does have a nice finish, with the last piece of post the boy receives being the best, and the story in general is funny and sweet, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
The illustrations are really fun, I like the dragon, his colour and the way he looks. I also like the slight emotion towards the end and the fun adventure that Alex and his dragon get up to. The idea of a book with letters to read really appealed to me before I read this. I saw a book with a similar set up when I was a child myself, and I’ve always loved little extras hidden on the pages of a picture book. However the story just didn’t appeal that much, it felt like the book focussed too much on the idea of letters to read, rather than being driven more by the story. I liked the last post Alex receives, for example, but it would have been more fun to have more printed on that post, considering how detailed all the previous letters were.
Despite the story not being as engaging as I hoped, I really do like books like this that give you more to do and in this case letters to open up and read. It would suit children who can be careful with books, otherwise it should be the adult who opens the letters. Overall it is a lovely book, a sweet tale, some good humour and a fun and different experience to a normal picture book.
Do you like this book? What about other books with extra things to pull out and read? What do you think about Dragons? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂