Thursday, August 3, 2017

John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister - ESSENTIAL

McAlister, Caroline  John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien  Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler  PICTURE BOOK  Roaring Brook Press, 2017.  $18.99  Content: G.  

John Ronald grew up loving dragons and words that sounded strange.  He had a mother who often read to him and his little brother, but when she passed away he lived in a boarding school where he had a tight group of friends.  As John grew older he fell in love with a woman named Edith, served in World War I and went on to teach at Oxford University.  He wrote books to entertain his own children that had dragons and other worlds.  Those books became The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.  

This picture book about the life of Tolkien is well done and simple.  The illustrations are thought out and reflect the parts of Tolkien’s life that he included in his books.  The back of the book includes a more detailed biography, an explanation of the inspiration for the illustrations, famous quotes Tolkien made about dragons, and a list and description of his dragons.  Although this is a children’s picture book, die-hard fans of Tolkien will enjoy it as well.  

EL (K-3) – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.  

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