One great, one… hmmmm… you can’t please everyone.
From Sarah Grant, British expat and English teacher in Bucuresti:
“When London is threatened by terrible danger that could wipe out the city as we know it, pulling together is crucial, regardless of colour and creed.
“Arabella McIntyre-Brown’s exciting Dragons Over London brings home the values of loyalty, courage and openmindedness through a whirlwind of magic, suspense and adventure. Whether you’re a tiny mouse or a huge dragon, acceptance and truth are the crux to overcoming bigotry, discrimination and prejudice to build strength and resilience in the face of adversity.
“Dragons Over London is as much a book for adults as it is for children, for, like an onion, it has a myriad of layers and carries a very special, much-needed message.
“In today’s world of suspicion and uneasiness brought about by the kinds of threats to our safety we read about every day, keeping an open mind can often be challenging. A Chinese dragon and a dynasty of brave little mice remind us that there is hope – and, above all, there is love.”
And then… there’s Oscar the Autumn Cat. He’s a great reader, as you can see, but although he liked bits of the book, he found other bits deeply offensive. *sigh*
“Mice? Friends with a Chinese dragon with a dead funny name? Whoever heard of anything so silly.
“As for that kitchen cat – who, incidentally, just happened to be ginger like me – that was plain unnecessary, Auntie Arabella. Really.
“I like the battles though, dragons falling into that river thing, and lots of fire and stuff. All very amewsing. And the ending is purrfect but I’m not ameowed to say what happens.
“Mice though. Mice! Loads of the little swines! And it’s the CAT that gets criticised?! Hissingly unjust, that.
“Go read the book! Justice for Ginger The Kitchen Cat!”