I love books that are both written and illustrated by the same
person. When I read a book illustrated by the author himself, I
feel as if I have a complete package, exactly as the author envisioned
it. How To Be Friends With A Dragon is a whimsical story written
and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev.
Simon loves dragons. He loves everything about dragons and spends
all his time thinking about them, drawing them, and playing with
his toy dragons. Then his older sister, Emma, decides to give him
some advice on how to be friends with a dragon, and all the rules
to follow in order not to make him mad. Simon promises to follow
all the rules, or at least try.
How To Be Friends With A Dragon is a cute story that will definitely
grab the attention of children ages 2 - 8, especially the boys.
The story and the illustrations are humorous, gentle, and fun.
Valeri Gorbachev's illustrations are soft, colorful watercolor
paintings, with pen and ink details. They fit the whimsical style
of the story perfectly. The book itself is a quality hardcover
with a dustjacket. The pages are a sturdy weight with full-color,
full-page illustrations. At 9.25 x 11.25 inches, it is the perfect
size for reading aloud, while snuggling up with your children.
The larger pictures make it easy for multiple children to enjoy
at the same time.
This story doesn't have a moral. It is simply an enjoyable story
to read with your children. I love the book, though I know that
some families prefer that all their books have educational or moral
value. Although this book does feature a dragon, there are no mythical
creatures or other magic in the story. I didn't find anything at
all objectionable in the book. My three year old son loves How
To Be Friends With A Dragon, and I enjoy reading it to him.