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LOOK OUT, It’s a Dragon! by Jonny Lambert

We love Saffi, the main character in LOOK OUT, It’s a Dragon!, unlike other dragons she’s extremely kindhearted and friendly. But dragons don’t have the best of reputations so complications arise when she tries to make friends.

The Story: When Saffi the dragon looks for a new home she lands in the woods but the woodland animals don’t give her a very warm welcome. Saffi tries to befriend them but her attempts backfire so she leaves. However, when other dragons put the animals in danger Saffi comes to their rescue and helps them find a housing solution that will suit them all.

LOOK OUT, It’s a Dragon! is a beautifully illustrated story about overcoming prejudice, accepting differences and friendship. Mouse and the other birds and animals have preconceived ideas about dragons and Saffi’s efforts to dispel them inadvertently lead to more trouble. Saffi’s chance to prove that she’s different comes when other dragons behave as the woodland animals expect them to but despite the way that Saffi has been treated she rushes to the aid of her new friends.

The danger of stereotyping and judging others is dealt with in a gentle and humorous way. Saffi is such an innocent, lovable character and we really empathise with the joys and disappointments that she experiences in the story, the double spread where she leaves really pulls at our heartstrings! The simple text is easy to read and is accompanied by Jonny Lambert’s beautiful, earthy illustrations. Saffi is a beautiful blue green colour and the animals, including birds, a fox and a squirrel are gorgeous. Mouse, the smallest character, proves to be the most vocal, we love it when he squeaks ‘Knobbly knickers!’ and at one point he bellows!

This story is fantastic for initiating discussion about how first impressions can sometimes be wrong and that getting to know somebody before making a judgement is important. There are lots of other talking points that can arise from this story including making friends, treating people as you expect to be treated yourself, the habitats of different creatures and which animals live in a wood.

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Jonny Lambert

Thank you Little Tiger Press for sending LOOK OUT, It’s a Dragon! We would love to see Saffi and her friends in another story 🙂

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20 responses to “LOOK OUT, It’s a Dragon! by Jonny Lambert”

  1. Acorn Books avatar

    It sounds like this book has a great message and I love that the dragon is a girl. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Saffi the dragon is a fabulous role model!!

  2. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Looks a gorgeous book. And I can just imagine the giggles at the phrase knobbly knickers #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s especially funny as it’s a mouse that says ‘knobbly knickers’!

  3. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    Sounds like there’s some good lessons to be learnt by reading this book and what a great character choice to portray them! #readwithme

    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      Saffi is lovely! Like all of us, she just wants to make some friends 🙂

  4. Kate Fever avatar

    Dragons are very popular in this house at the moment, so this would be a great book for us! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love the fact that Saffi is such a lovely character, dragons are often portrayed very negatively!

  5. Christy avatar

    I love the message in this book and the illustration style looks great. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      Jonny’s illustrations are beautiful, I love the way that they include so much white space 🙂

  6. Erin Ek Rush avatar

    This looks really sweet. I love the illustration on the front as well! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re gorgeous illustrations and Saffi is a beautiful, beautiful colour 🙂

  7. Jenni avatar

    Oh this sounds fab and I love the illustration on the cover. I really love it when books for children have a message like this one.

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and Jonny uses lots of white space which makes a great contrast 🙂

  8. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a lovely dragon and a lovely sounding book…
    It sounds like it has a really positive message for little ones x

    1. Catherine avatar

      I like the way that the message is subtle and not didactic.

  9. Louisa avatar

    What a beautiful message for the story to get across. It looks like a great book to introduce these themes to children #mmbc

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a gorgeous book and Saffi is a really loveable main character.

  10. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a lovely storybook. It’s fab that the storyline shows that everybody is different and that is OK. A nice message to get across to our little ones.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is and Saffi is a wonderful role model, despite the way that the woodland animals behave towards her she still comes to help when they are in danger 🙂