|Aunt Pen's dreary black house in a stormy night.|
Aunt Pen lives in a black house on a black cliff near a grey sea. She has a flowerless garden full of concrete so that no children can come for picking flowers.
|Christopher's parents going to perform their show.|
From here life changes .
It was a dragon! A Real One. Minus the grace and aplomb.Its a little slow and fire-less and does muddled-up magic but its good.
It shares room with Christopher but to its embarrassment got scared by Aunt pen's Black cat.
Later both went for a walk down the beach but nobody was surprised to see a dragon!
|The Dragon took him to the North pole!|
On returning Christopher felt ashamed of his meanness and asked the Dragon to turn Aunt Pen and her cat back.The short experience changed their heart and made them them a jolly Aunt and a nice, purry, polite cat respectively !
Now the jolly Aunt wished for a beautiful house and blooming garden which dragon fulfilled though the mixed up magic made sunflowers blue and Narcissi red! But who cares as long as all is sunny and cheerful ?
|The now colourful, cheery house with Blue sunflowers in the garden|
Before that a gala party was organised with tons of food and Dragon's favourite cucumber sandwiches .
The Dragon bid adieus and took-off ... first,in an unbecoming and bumpy way but soon swaying away looking splendid against the sunset.
The book is good.The author had created a book for children but had put nuggets of wisdom in it to find and explore.
For young readers its simple and cheery and for little grown up ones provides food for thought. It also presents some new and slightly complex words and offers points to be pondered upon and discuss such as -
When Christopher asked "What's mythological?
The dragon answered,' Myth is something which is true if you believe in it."
And when walking down the beach nobody was surprised to see a dragon,it made Christopher surprised.People commented casually such as-
The postman said"Funny dog you've go there"
'Well, well that's a big lizard,'said the lady in the sweet shop.
Then the dragon said, 'People see what they expect to see'
So though the dragon was not much of a success as a dragon but it was wise and good natured. And irrespective of casting mixed-up spells for the boy,he's a saviour and a hero.
The book written By Janice Elliot and Illustrated beautifully by Phileppe Dupasquier.
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