Jun 13

Review: Riley and the Sleeping Dragon by Tania McCartney

I received this book for free from ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Riley and the Sleeping Dragon by Tania McCartneyRiley and the Sleeping Dragon by Tania McCartney
Series: Riley the Little Aviator
Published by Tania McCartney on 2008
Genres: fiction, picture book
Pages: 29
Source: ARC received from publisher
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Join Riley on this magical adventure as he searches Beijing for the elusive sleeping dragon of China. His discovery will entrance readers of all ages.

Young Riley dreams about a strong and beautiful sleeping dragon. When he wakes and shares his dream with his mother, she tells him that there is a sleeping dragon in China that is believed to be 2000 years old.

Plush panda in arms and ready for adventure, Riley sets off in his red plane to find this amazing sleeping dragon. He journeys all over Beijing looking, but it is not until he is almost ready to give up and return home that the dragon reveals itself.

The illustrations are a combination of black and white photographs of Beijing taken by the author, drawings of Riley and an image of an old-fashioned red metal bi-plane toy. The combination of black and white photographs with the bright little plane and Riley with his red and white striped scarf, all on a background of pale blue with fluffy white clouds, is quite appealing.

The simplicity of this book is perhaps the biggest attraction. The text for each illustration/picture is brief, but it often contains a variety of adjectives and adverbs to create a richer image for children. Riley and the Sleeping Dragon is the first in a series of travelogue books for children and I am keen to see what adventure Riley undertakes next.

Riley and the Sleeping Dragon is a lovely book, ideal for introducing young children to the city of Beijing. It could also be used as a starting point for children in primary school to research the various Beijing locations it mentions.

For information about stockists and other details, visit Tania McCartney Press

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