Saturday, 15 March 2014
Review: Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon by Rachel Valentine and Ed Eaves
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Hardcover / large paperback
Released: March 13th, 2014
Marmaduke's not like all the other dragons - his ears are too big and he never even tries to fly. He just doesn't fit in, however much he wants to, and so he feels terribly lonely. And Princess Meg? Well, she wears trainers and breaks into dance at the most inappropriate of times, which means that she sticks out like a sore thumb. She doesn't really have any friends, but then she's far too busy having fun to notice . . . Until one day when Marmaduke and Meg's lives collide in the most exciting, brilliant and surprising way and they both realise just how much they need each other. And, who knows, maybe a princess and a dragon will make the most perfect best friends.
Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon is yet another brilliant picture book from Bloomsbury. It's beautifully illustrated by Ed Eaves and anyone who knows me and my little dragon obsession will know how much I like looking at dragons (in case you don't know, it's a lot). The illustrations are so eye-catching and look great next to Rachel Valentine's text. This is a picture book team I hope to see more of!
Marmaduke is a very different dragon with big ears, unusual wings and, to top it all off, he's orange! All he wants to do is protect a princess like all the other dragons, but none of them want him. Then he meets Meg - a very different princess - and a friendship is formed.
This book shows children that it's okay to be different and do what you love rather than conform to an ideal. It shows that being different isn't bad, and in fact being proud of your individuality is something to aspire to. It's a lovely story between a girl and a dragon and, if I'm honest, I'm a bit jealous. I can't think of anything better than having my own big-eared, orange dragon as a friend, and that's exactly how Meg feels. She sees past all Marmaduke's fears and insecurities and likes him for what he is: a caring, kind magical creature!