Writing about Reading: Dandelions & Dragons

July 31, 2013 § 1 Comment

dragon-princess-2-sally-balfanyPrincess Dandelion isn’t the fairest of them all. That title belongs to her younger sister, Rosebud. Rosebud never lacks for suitors, but they are all (in Dandelion’s opinion) idiots. However, there are no idiots vying for Dandelion’s hand, which frustrates her father, the King. Eventually tiring of her father’s ridiculous plan to find her a husband, Dandelion strikes out on her own …

Full disclosure: Sherry Spurlock is a very dear friend. Nevertheless, I honestly think her children’s book, Dandelions & Dragons, is a wonderful fantasy short for kids, with enough mature humor that adults will enjoy it, too. And it’s got a great message: girls don’t have to sit around waiting for boys to rescue them; they are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves and finding their own happily ever after.

Dandelions & Dragons is a story begging for the full illustrated children’s book treatment. I would love to see it enhanced with lush, colorful artwork. But even without, it’s a great tale that belongs at every little girl’s bedside. And every little boy’s, come to think of it.

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