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Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham

Night Sky Dragons

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Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
Oct 14, 2014 | 64 Pages
  • Hardcover $15.99

    Oct 14, 2014 | 64 Pages | 4-8 years

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The relationship between Yazul and Grandfather radiates warmth and true delight… Benson’s pen-and-watercolor illustrations bring out the complexities of Yazul’s relationships, from Grandfather’s bold colors to simple, sepia-toned lines for Yazul’s father. A treasured broken dish showing the history of Yazul’s ancestors draws readers in with its poignant shards.This dazzling, heartwarming story excites, soars and redefines "go fly a kite."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This rich, engaging story is a welcome addition to historical fiction, introducing life along the Silk Road. … The writing is wonderfully descriptive, creating a realistic setting, a quick-moving plot, and sympathetic characters with minimal text. Throughout the book, watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the action while providing additional plot and historical details that allow readers to imagine more fully the time and place. … The uniqueness of the story and its setting make it a wonderful offering for readers looking for a far-flung, adventure-filled story.
—School Library Journal

Benson’s pen-and-watercolor portraits concentrate on details of costume and culture, lingering on Yazul’s peaked boots and upturned cap. The result is an adventure that, despite its distant setting, makes it clear that Yazul is not very different from the readers of his story.
—Publishers Weekly

This nicely designed and illustrated volume offers a story with broad appeal. … Created with pen and watercolor, Benson’s detailed illustrations help readers envision Yazul’s world. A well-knit story that reads aloud beautifully.

There’s an old-fashioned flavor to this long-ago-and-far-away tale… The trickster elements of the story will intrigue readers.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Dramatic yet subtly rendered watercolor illustrations… This vivid and emotionally resonant adventure from the husband-and-wife authors of “Cloud Tea Monkeys” reads equally well aloud or alone.
—Wall Street Journal

Suspenseful and compelling.
—The Buffalo News

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