The Tea Dragon Society and The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

The Tea Dragon Society and The Tea Dragon Festival
by Katie O’Neill

Publisher: Oni Press
Date: 2017 & 2019
Pages: 208
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

The Tea Dragon Society

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Festival

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

This has to be one of the cutest graphic novel ‘duologies’ that I’ve read. Tea Dragons are the most adorable characters ever and I want one of all of them because I cannot decide which is the cutest.

In these companion stories we explore a world where Tea Dragons exist. These are small dragons that grow flowers on their bodies which can be used to brew different teas. In the first one we are introduced to the whole concept of tea dragons and learn some of the history of them.

in ‘The Tea Dragon Festival’ we follow different characters within the same universe who awake a long slumber dragon who is celebrated within the village. We also have a deaf character in the story and I absolutely love how the character is represented in the story and how the format of a graphic novel is used to emphasis this.

The art style in both books used a lot of colour that is slightly muted through out. Its definitely a vibe I can get behind and really added to my enjoyment of the stories.

The dialogue is lyrical and magical and makes the story so sweet and enjoyable.

Both books are quick reads, they are definitely meant for a younger audience and I am so excited to share this with magical story with my children in the future – and maybe take it into work to share with my class!

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10

Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell

‘How to Train Your Dragon’

By Cressida Cowell

Book #1 in the How to Train Your Dragon Series

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date: 2004
Pages: 214
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 4
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as “the Dragon Whisperer”…but it wasn’t always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!

Straight up I was expecting ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ By Cressida Cowell to be the same as the movie because I’d seen that way before I’d even known it was a book. It is definitely not like the movie. But I ended up really enjoying it.

We follow Hiccup as he partakes in training. As part of this training he is expected to collect a small dragon from a den of dragons to train to become his own. I appreciate Hiccups realisation that this is not a good idea and that being the biggest and scariest Viking isn’t the most important thing.

We also meet Toothless. I think this is where there is the biggest difference between the movie and the book. Toothless in the movie is a Night Fury where has Toothless in the book is a common dragon. I feel like this is a key difference.

Toothless is a sassy dragon that has self preservation at the heart of all his actions and his development through the book is great for such a short book.

This is another easy read, definitely one that I flew through. It is a series that I will complete in the future.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 9.5/10
Character Development:8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars: 4/5