Back of Book: John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own.
Once in a while you find an author that reaches a special place in your heart. I got that feeling when I was eight years old. My grandma read me the Hobbit and I was changed forever. When I heard that Caroline McAlister had written a picture book that introduces readers to the man behind magic I was thrilled. This is among the best nonfiction picture books I have seen this year. The story follows John Ronald’s from a young boy, into adulthood. I loved the detail that was placed in this book. The illustrations in this book are truly gorgeous and bring true depth to the storyline. I think every teacher, and librarian should add this to their list of must haves.
Ages 7 and up