Dragon Gold

Publisher: Dragonfly

Review

Harri longs to win something for once, rather than always coming second to Ryan, whose super-competitive dad does everything for him. From brilliant homework assignments to awesome fancy dress costumes, no one else stands a chance.

The class is excited when teacher Mr Davies sets them a challenge: whoever can make a dragon fly for ten seconds at the St David’s Day festival will win a bag of dragon gold. Looking for inspiration, Harri draws a picture of a red dragon while minding his mum’s magic shop. When a mysterious old lady visits the shop, she puts his picture inside a magic egg, telling him to keep it warm and safe. He is astounded when, a week later, a baby dragon hatches out. Harri is sure he’ll win the contest with a real dragon, but can he convince everybody that it is a toy, and what does Ryan’s dad have planned?

This entertaining chapter book, with comical black-and-white illustrations, combines Welsh mythology with everyday life, friendship and trust. The first in a trilogy, it is sure to captivate independent young readers who enjoy their adventures with a touch of magic.

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