Fearless Fred And the Dragon by Maureen Sudlow, ill. Kat Quin Merewether, Kiwis Soar Publications (distributor PDL Customer Services)A finalist in the Storylines Joy Cowley Award, this handy picture book appeals to the casual eye with its glossy cover and top quality paper. The story is written in rhyming text and tells how a little boy called Fred sets off with tinfoil armour and a tricycle and a colander helmet to find a dragon. Luckily he has a canine friend with him - because the dragon turns out to be a rather large farm animal! The illustrations are appealing and quirky, and there are some clever tricks for young eyes to spot eg. the possums in the tree turning into dragons. Probably best for dragon fanciers of about three to five.
ISBN 978 0 473 23482 9 RRP $19.99 Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman