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Book Review: ‘Dragons and Dreams: Bedtime Stories’ by Becca Price

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A few weeks ago, I was scouring the Amazon shelves looking for inexpensive books with five star reviews (yes, that’s how I save on my book money). I came across this hidden jewel: Dragons and Dreams, Bedtime Stories by Becca Price.

For $3.99, it was at the top of my price range for a children’s e-book, given that it only has 64 pages. But I read an entertaining sample chapter and decided to spring for the bucks. Best money I ever spent.

There are no werewolves or vampires or cute hobbit-like creatures populating this book. Frankly, I am quite sick of those overwritten copycat characters. Instead, Dragons and Dreams gave me classically-told stories; it is one of those rare “once upon a time” collections that are so light and charming.

I was introduced to a host of interesting characters such as the ornery but misconstrued dragon that flew into the mountain and panicked an entire village, a curious faerie, and a talking sunflower, and of course, the obligatory princes and princesses, with storylines reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the Brothers Grimm.

I particularly enjoyed “A Princess for Tea” about a misunderstood dragon, and “The Third Precious Thing,” a unique multi-perspective tale of a king and his three sons.

The stories are told with hidden revelations so one can skim beneath the surface of the narrative.

This is a book even adults will enjoy. Five stars for this wonderful children’s book.

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