Libraries are boring, right?…
They are a whole world of magic and adventure just waiting to be discovered!
That’s what the lovable Kit discovers in the brilliant new story, The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell. It’s a wild and thrilling fantasy adventure perfect for the 7 – 9 age group, and I loved it too (and I’m slightly older than that!)
In The Dragon in the Library, we meet Kit, who can’t stand reading; she MUCH rather be outside, playing games and getting muddy, than stuck inside with a book. But when she’s dragged along to the library one day by her two best friends, she makes an incredible discovery – she has a magical part to play in fate of the library… and the world!
We loved getting to know the characters in this story – Kit’s friends, Alita and Josh are very different from her; they love reading and would ever climb trees, for starters! through the dialogue and illustration, their friendship is described with fun and wit, and is ultimately believable. It’s great to read another brilliant story with a diverse mix of strong and charming characters. Josh, Alita and Kit are encouraging, curious and courageous and, with Faith the librarian, each adds to the overall heart and feel to the story. One of the most powerful themes is the strength we find in relationship and working together with one purpose.
I also loved accompanying Kit on her journey of self discovery through The Dragon in the Library. Like most of us, most of the time, she see’s herself as very average; never picked last for sports teams but never picked first either. You also get to walk alongside her as you discover why she never wants to read, especially in front of others. As Kit finds reasons to be confident and grows closer to who she is meant to be, we get a warm glow and are encouraged to read on.
The other aspect I loved is the clear love of reading and libraries that exudes from every page of The Dragon in the Library. The love of story and the exploration of imagination is exactly why we go to our library frequently. We love to go and discover new stories and have fun reading them together. We need to look after our libraries and fight for them as hard as Kit and her friends do in The Dragon in the Library.
Stowell’s playful narrative and great pacing, makes this an accessible and fun read – there is something of a panto feel to the story’s dastardly villain! Boo!
I loved reading Kit’s story and I would heartily recommend The Dragon in the Library for home and school reading. This fantasy adventure will be perfect as a class read and is aimed at 5 to 9 years.
You can follow Louie Stowell on Twitter here. This is a brilliant story and we hope there will be more from this very talented author in the future!
We also loved the cover artwork and illustrations Davide Ortu which brilliantly reflect the quirky characters and exciting narrative!
The Dragon in the Library was published by Nosy Crow on 6th June 2019
You can get your own copy from Hive Books.
If you liked this; you might like our review of Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure by Fleur Hitchcock, perfect for the same age group!
A big thank you to Nosy Crow for sending us a copy for review – we loved it!