I feel so privileged to be on this blog tour for such an amazing children’s book, as well as being part of the tour that tells you about the brave little man who is Leo who has to battle his own dragons everyday! Not all heroes wear capes people. Thank-you so much Kelly for having me on-board the tour, as well as for the gifted copy of Leo And The Lightning Dragon from Fledgling Press, in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t usually review children’s books, this is the first time, so I’ve solicited the help of my oldest to review this book. So, the review is split into two for the first time ever! Lexi’s (the helper) review is in purple under ‘My Thoughts’…. her choice of colour!
About The Book
Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).”
“Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working.”
What can I say, although I’m a 28 year old, I really loved this book. I loved the covers and I am most definitely a Leo fan! The story is so lovely, with easy to read words and writing for the littlest of readers, as well as the inclusion of the most beautiful children’s book illustrations!
You’ll notice that when reading Leo and the Lightning Dragons to the children in your lives, that some of the words are in a different font and colour. You may be asking yourself why this is such a big deal, but it is a massively big deal. Not only has Gill White written a storybook but she’s created an activity that includes both literary and sensory. At the back of the book you have a wonderful instructions list. This list is a key of suggestions that would help bring Leo and the Lightning Dragons to life. For example, when you see RED, hold red tissue paper or red fabric over the child’s eyes, so they are actually seeing red. As a mother of a toddler I thought this was a really clever and creative concept.
The overall storyline is amazing, it’s about Leo who fights internal dragons and his journey to overcome them. I think this is a really important concept and can be used to teach children about the different battles that people fight on a daily basis. This doesn’t make them weak or scared but rather, they are strong and brave! It’s also the reminder that EVERYONE needs once in a while; to have a little faith in yourself!
I recommend this book, this book needs to be seen, read and shared. Buy a copy for your children, nieces, nephews or even your local school / public library! Let’s share Leo and the Lightning Dragons.
I thought that the book was a little funny and I really liked the pictures. I’m glad that there is lots of people around Leo to help him. I think Leo is brave and fierce. The drawings are pretty cool and artsy, I’m really happy that Leo fought his dragons and lightning bolts! It is really easy to read and it rhymes – Lexi has told me that this book is 5/5 stars!
Thank-you again Kelly for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour! I’ve included the link where you will be transported to purchase your very own copy of Leo and the Lightning Dragons (it’s not an affiliate link) and remember that all royalties will go to the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). I’ve also included the social media links for the book and please share this post so we can draw attention to this wonderful children’s book!
Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2AWPWRw
Twitter Link @leolightdragons
Thank – you for reading! Until next time,