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Billy and the Dragon

Written by Nadia Shireen

Illustrated by Nadia Shireen

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This brilliantly clever and sharply hilarious new fable from Nadia Shireen is a stand-alone follow up to The BookTrust Story Time Prize shortlisted Billy and the Beast. Described by Fiona Noble in The Bookseller as ‘a riot of punchy art with bundles of energy and humour’, Billy and the Dragon is an empowering tale of imagination and invention, with fairy-tale twists, bags of humour, and a plucky and adventurous heroine to boot.

Billy and the Dragon Synopsis

Our fearless heroine Billy is back!

Whilst at a fancy-dress party, something terrible happens: Billy's loyal sidekick Fatcat is kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon. Uh-oh!

But luckily for Fatcat, Billy won't stand for that: off she goes on a brave rescue mission...

Join Billy for a fairytale adventure with a twist. 

Billy and the Dragon Press Reviews

'It's a great story for everyone, especially those not used to seeing themselves centre-stage'- The Guardian on Billy and the Beast

'Shireen's latest book confirms her as one of the brightest and best picture book creators working in Britain today... Sensational.' - The Observer 

Praise for Billy and the Beast

‘It's still all too unusual to see a brown girl star in such a brilliantly funny and very commercial picture book and Shireen has created Billy in fantastic style…And visually it's a complete treat too: Shireen's typically lively bold graphics brim with energy and expression, aided by really striking design. This might just be my favourite of her fabulous books to date’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘While the title may nod to a certain fairy tale there's not even a whiff of ball gowns or romance in Nadia Shireen's joyous monster-slaying adventure. British author Shireen has created her best character yet in the feisty and fun Billy’ – The Guardian

‘Lively, energetic, full of well-timed humour (and a sidekick called Fatcat), it's a great story for everyone, especially those not used to seeing themselves centre stage’– The Guardian

‘I haven't met a child who didn't LOVE these books. Sweet, funny, odd in a life-affirming way’ – Caitlin Moran

‘Bold illustrations and witty humour’ – The Guardian

‘Irresistible’– The Metro


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ISBN: 9780857551351
Publication date: 11/07/2019
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857551351
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Author: Nadia Shireen
Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers

About Nadia Shireen

Nadia Shireen enjoyed making homemade magazines and comics as a child, and during her time studying law at university and her subsequent career in journalism, she started to sketch again. Her debut book Good Little Wolf received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award, and went on to win the UKLA Book Award. Nadia’s subsequent books have since been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Sainsbury’s Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Nadia now writes and draws full time, and dedicates her spare moments to tweeting about pop music and ...

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