Storm Dragon by Dianne Hofmeyr and Carol Thompson – at a glance
The School Reading Lists’ five word review: Imagination, dragons, bad weather, intergenerational.
Children’s book title: Storm Dragon.
Children’s author: Dianne Hofmeyr.
Children’s illustrator: Carol Thompson.
Genre: Children’s fiction, picture book.
Published by: Otter-Barry Books.
Recommended for children aged: 3+ year-olds.
First published: Paperback October 2023.
This children’s book is ideal for: Talking about the weather and its differing effects on coastal and inland locations as a storm rages.
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It’s a stormy night, one you might think about spending inside with a snuggly blanket. This is not the case for our two intrepid explorers though; instead, they get wrapped up and head out into a howling gale with their dog to search for the storm dragon.
Once outside they spot clues that show the dragon has already been there! They discover dragon footprints, dragon jewels, and even a dragon necklace before something appears in the sea spray and they turn and run for home! Will they get to safety before they’re caught? What if their hiding place is discovered? Do they recognise the dragon? Is it not as scary as they thought and are they brave enough to find out? Will all be revealed as the story reaches its crescendo? Let’s see!
This is a beautifully illustrated book which, according to my six-year-old grandson, had nothing in it he didn’t like! The grandpa has more than a passing resemblance to Albert Einstein and he and his grandchild tackle everything with an enthusiasm that leaps off the page.
There is an excitement and sense of anticipation throughout as the two explorers discover new things in a location which must be familiar to both of them. Everything is easily recognisable even if you don’t live by the sea and the reader has the advantage of discovering what the storm dragon is before Grandpa as he and his grandchild rush home.
It is worth highlighting that this isn’t an environmental book instead it concentrates on the fun to be had outdoors whatever the weather conditions or your age.
Teaching points and book club discussion ideas:
- Think about why it doesn’t need to be sunny to be outside and how imagination can turn anything into a fun activity.
- Found things could lead to discussions about what ends up left on our beaches and the problems that causes.
- Click to download a free activity resource pack for teachers, parents and home educators.
Many thanks to Otter-Barry Books for the review copy.
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