Written by Robyn Eversole
Illustrated by Scott Campbell
Illustrated by Scott Campbell
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: January 3, 2012
List Price: $16.99
From the publisher: Two giant, imposing dragons confront their greatest fears…each other!
East Dragon and West Dragon live on opposite sides of the world. They have never met—and they like it that way. East Dragon is sure that West Dragon’s huge wings mean that he is very, very strong. West Dragon fears that East Dragon’s long, swishy tail means that he is very, very fierce. But when some meddlesome knights start a riff between their two kingdoms, East Dragon and West Dragon are finally forced to come face-to-fire-breathing-face. Might the two dragons finally discover they aren’t so different after all?
Detail-rich illustrations combine with a lighthearted, inspiring message to create a playful twist on the classic theme of fierce, fearless dragons. This story of friendship across cultures begs to be read again and again!
My take: What does it take to be a friend? Someone just like you? Someone completely opposite of you? East Dragon, West Dragon was marketed to me as a good book for the Chinese New Year 2012 (Year of the Dragon) but I actually think this book is best marketed as a friendship book. East Dragon and West Dragon are two very different dragons - not only in color (one golden, one green) and location (one lived in a palace, one in a cave), but in strengths and weaknesses (my daughter said: "Look Mama, West Dragon has wings! Where are East Dragon's wings?") And just like people tend to do, the two dragons were suspicious of each other because of their differences and kept "a world between them, just in case." Until one day they discovered they needed each other. Would they be able to overcome their prejudices and help one another for the greater good? You'll have to read it to find out. This is a great book for introducing this topic to little ones. We already talk a lot about being friends with people that are different than you and East Dragon, West Dragon was a good reinforcement of that ongoing conversation.
About the Author and Illustrator: Dr. Robyn Eversole lives in Tasmania with her husband, Wayne; their daughter, Rebekkah; and various household members with fur, feathers, and fins. As an anthropologist, she has worked in South Africa and in universities across Australia. She has published six books for children.
Scott Campbell also illustrated Zombie in Love. He is an art director and illustrator who has art developed video games such as Psychonauts and created comics such as Igloo Head and Tree Head. Visit Scott and see more of his work at PyramidCar.com.
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This review was sponsored by Simon and Schuster Publishing who provided the book for review. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary book.