Like wolves, dragons get a pretty back rap in stories. They guard castles, hoard gold and are generally just a menace. Did you ever think that maybe the dragon might like to have their own story where they do something good? In Lou Carter and Deborah Allwright’s wonderful new picture book, There Is No Dragon In This Story, Dragon sets off to find his own story in which he can be the hero.
This story was supposed to be a story about a dragon who captured a princess and was defeated by a brave knight. However, Dragon refuses to capture ‘any icky, frilly princess’ and sets off to be the hero of his own story. Dragon walks in to the stories of several fairy tale characters, including the Gingerbread Man, the Three Little Pigs and Jack, but they all tell him ‘No. There is NO DRAGON in this story!’ When the giant sneezes and blows out the sun, there is only one character who can save the day and become the hero.
There Is No Dragon In This Story is a wonderful fairy tale mix-up about a classic villain who just wants to be a hero. The reader follows Dragon through stories they are familiar with, all the while hoping that Dragon will find his place in a story. Dragon starts off feeling quite hopeful that he could just slot in to someone else’s story but ends up despondent because nobody wants a dragon in their story. I love the boost of confidence that he gets when he realises that he is the only one that can help and he knows that he can do it. It shows kids that when they put their mind to it they can achieve what they set out to do.
Lou Carter’s story is wonderful to read aloud. There are plenty of different characters so there are lots of opportunities to try different voices. The story would work well with children acting out the different parts. Deborah Allwright’s illustrations are full of colour and humour. She really brings out the joy and confidence of Dragon and portrays the fairy tale characters we love in a new light. Even when the characters are left in the dark she still manages to make the characters shine.
There are so many ways you could extend the fun of this story. You could get children to recreate Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs with Dragon in the story. Get them thinking about how you could make Dragon the hero in each of these fairy tales. Children could write their own stories where Dragon is the hero and even think about other villains that they could turn in to heroes, like the Wicked Witch or The Big Bad Wolf.
Grab a copy of There Is No Dragon In This Story now and help Dragon become the hero.