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It's a lovely, sweet story and quite unusal. The illustrations were very good, although they would be better in colour. Ferdinand is a very friendly dragon and this comes across both in the story and in the illustrations: I don't think any child would perceive him as being scary. My only concern is that the language is a little grown up in places and doesn't always flow although I don't think that a child would necessarily notice this because they would be too interested in what is happening in the story. As well as being an entertaining story, I think it teaches a child about sadness and hope and the importance of friendship. I think adults will enjoy reading this story too, I certainly did.
Pauline Braisher, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
A lonely dragon lives hidden in a cave, camouflaged by a thick layer of snow. Ferdinand is a Christmas dragon and the last of his kind. To be honest, he still has three siblings, but they have been slumbering in magic dragon eggs for centuries. Ferdinand cannot wake his siblings alone. He has lost his magic because people no longer believe in him and so he sinks into a deep sadness.One day an unfortunate bat, Hugo, plops into Ferdinand´s cave. Hugo has run away from home and no longer wants to be a bat. Together with Hugo, Ferdinand explores the night. Perhaps there is someone out there who will believe in him and give him back his magic? And what does Marge the hen have to do with any of this? Find out and accompany Ferdinand on what is probably the most important adventure of his life.
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I loved this charming Christmas story and wish that I had written it myself. It would be perfect to read aloud to older children on Christmas Eve or for a teacher to read to an older infant/younger junior aged class in the build up to Christmas. Full review
Most will love the pictures and the antics of Ferdinand and his new-found friends and family. Full review