Any parent can tell you that mealtimes can be notoriously taxing. In the beginning, my daughter was a non-discriminating eater who shoveled it all in but then went through a very picky phase, which luckily (thank God,) didn’t last too long. I wrote about it in an older post, Why do Mealtimes Have to be so Difficult? Now during meals, she likes to talk non-stop instead of eating or she will munch the food she wants to eat but will pick at or push around everything else. My son will eat just about everything but has recently begun to throw the food he doesn’t like at me or at the floor and laugh. He’s so darn cute but it’s infuriating!
Today my children and I sat down to read Sophia & the Dragon: Who Came for Dinner, by Sarah J. Williams. According to the author profile, Ms. Williams is a freelance journalist who lives in Sweden with her half-British family and two cats.
The book is about a young girl, Sophia, and the big green dragon who shows up when Sophia doesn’t want to eat her dinner. The book’s description says the story is, “great for young children and their caregivers, this book is full of fun and is perfect to be read aloud- especially around dinnertime! It aims to encourage kids to clear their plates without having to resort to nagging.” That sounds great to me!
When I showed the kids the book’s cover, my son said, “Raawr!” which is his dinosaur noise, so I think it got his stamp of approval right away. As the story introduced the dragon, my daughter’s eyes went wide, she covered her mouth with her hand and said, “Mommy, he’s ‘huge-a-mungous!'” (how she says humongous).
There were a few words I had to explain, like ‘tea’ and ‘mum,’ as the story uses some British English terms my children weren’t familiar with. We watch a lot of Peppa Pig, so I was a little surprised that Abby asked what those words meant. I always give our storybooks a melodramatic reading because the children enjoy different voices for the characters. I stomped on the floor with my foot when the dragon does his ‘STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!’ They gasped and Abby was genuinely concerned for Sophia.
“What would you do if a dragon came to dinner at our house?” I asked. “I would give him lots of food so he doesn’t eat me,” she replied.
I won’t ruin the story, nor the ending for you, but I will say there were lots of giggles from my two. When we finished I asked Abby what her favorite part was. “When the dragon showed her his big scary teeth!”
When asked what her final opinion was, Abby gave it a big thumbs up. I liked the book. I thought it was a cute story with a fun extra game at the end- which I am going to try when my children are not wanting to eat their dinner; we could definitely use a dragon.
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Details about the book:
Publisher: Rowanvale Books Ltd., Cardiff
Length: 30 pages
Have you read this book? I would love to hear your take on the story! Let me know your opinion in the comments below.
Disclaimer: I kindly received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation for my opinion and the views expressed above are mine and those of my family.