Picture Book Review

 

Alexander and the Dragon by Katharine Holabird

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Context

Alexander and the Dragon is a children’s picture book written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig.The story takes place in Alexander’s bedroom and is about Alexander trying to overcome his fears.

Text Description

The story is about a little boy called Alexander and how he manages to overcome his nightmares through a special friendship with a creature that at first scared him, the dragon.

The water colour and ink pictures are vivid and expressive and the varying of light and dark helps the reader to understand Alexander’s emotions.

Judgement

Alexander and the Dragon is a fun and enjoyable book, encouraging children to face and overcome their fears, and is particularly relatable to early primary readers.

I highly recommend this book as the expressive illustrations and sophisticated language work beautifully together to reflect the emotions of the characters. This book is suited to most ages, however it would be particularly well suited to early primary readers, reflecting their own fears and expanding their vocabulary.