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Good books: Kumiko and the Dragon by Briony Stewart

Kumiko and the Dragon, by Briony Stewart, University of Queensland Press, ISBN 9798 0 7022 3619 8

Kumiko is afraid of going to bed. She is afraid because of the dragon who waits outside her bedroom window every night. One day, she decides to write the dragon a letter asking him to go away. But even this doesn’t make her feel braver.

She says:

“And when I am supposed to be doing my schoolwork all that fills my head is: Oh I am to be eaten for sure!

What happens to Kumiko next is thrilling—in one night she learns a great deal more about dragons, her family, and being brave. Will the dragon eat her, or is this the beginning of a great adventure?

This book was an exciting read, and I loved Briony Stewart’s illustrations scattered throughout the chapters.

If you like stories about dragons and courage and magic, you will love Kumiko and the Dragon. (There will be a second book in the series—Kumiko and the Dragon’s Secret, out in August 2010. I can’t wait to read that, too!)

Review by Rebecca Newman, Editor, Alphabet Soup

Rebecca borrowed this book from her local library. Ask if they have it at yours, too!

Author:

Rebecca Newman is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. rebeccanewman.net.au.

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