(Not So Little) Little Bits: NetGalley Edition

The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais

Received from NetGalley for review .

This is a somewhat dark but lovely reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood, but I suppose the darkness is fairly appropriate for a fairy tale. Instead of a girl we have a a little wolf who likes to wear red, sent out to give his grandmother a rabbit, with a warning to avoid the hunter and his daughter, who hate wolves. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, especially of the forest, and are so vivid that you don’t even need to read the words to know the story.

I liked the way the tale was interpreted, but I’m not sure how children will feel about the little wolf eating the rabbit along the way or about the some of the illustrations of the hunter and his daughter – there was a slightly strange and menacing undertone, but I wonder if it would be as obvious to a younger reader.

Read: August 11th 2017

4/5 stars

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Received from NetGalley for review. 

The Tea Dragon Society is an adorable graphic novel about Greta, a blacksmith apprentice who finds an injured Tea Dragon in the marketplace and begins to learn all about them after returning it to it’s owner. The Tea Dragons are exactly what they sound like, dragons who produce leaves, flowers, or oils on their horns that are then brewed into a magical tea. Greta learns that it’s a dying art, with life changing pace as it does and people moving away from traditions, and becomes determined to learn all about it from Hesekiel and Erik, whilst developing a friendship with shy and unsure Minette.

Both the story and illustrations are adorable; even though it is a simply story I can’t help but feel there is a subtle, but strong, undertone of exploring and accepting differences, as well the more obvious appreciation for traditions with both the Tea Dragons and blacksmithing. Katie O’Neill’s illustrations are nothing short of stunning and the entire book is a visual delight (I especially loved the guide to Tea Dragon husbandry and Tea Dragon fact file at the end). I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Read: August 11th 2017

4/5 stars

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