Dragonolia - 14 Tales and Craft Projects for the Creative Adventurer by Chris Barnardo
Published by Skyhorse Publishing
This intriguing, imaginative, ingenious and extremely quirky book is a must for dragon lovers of all ages.
It contains fourteen stories, written in Victorian style, following the adventures of Sir Richard Barons, a nineteenth century dragon hunter. Intertwined in each tale is a related craft project.
This book is probably more suitable for older children and I feel that even they will need help with the projects as sharp knives, glue guns and spray paint are involved. Having said that, the projects fire the imagination and some could be adapted for younger children to make.
- Wizard’s wand
- Dragon egg pendant
- Dragonhide pouch
As mentioned, the text is written in Victorian style and lends itself very well to being read aloud to children. (I can almost hear Stephen Fry reading it!)
The related website: www.dragonolia.com is well worth a visit as it too, is quirky and contains some great ‘printables.’ I’ve printed the apothecary labels which can be stuck to bottles to create magical potions. ‘Petrified Griffin Bone’ and ‘Goblin Ganglion’ are two of my favourites.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Chris Barnardo
Illustrator: Janine Dawson
Title: Dragonolia - 14 Tales and Craft Projects for the Creative Adventurer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Published: November 2015