Oliver's Hunger Dragon Review

British author and fellow children's writer, Jane Finch, reviewed Oliver's Hunger Dragon, and has given me permission to reprint her review in it's entirety. You can find her website at http://www.finchlark.webs.com/. Thank you Jane.

A REVIEW by Jane Finch

Oliver’s Hunger Dragon by Sherry Alexander and illustrated by Amy Rottinger

When I first saw a snippet of this story, I thought what a clever idea to call a rumbling tummy a hunger dragon.  Some children laugh when their tummy rumbles, and others are embarrassed. But if it’s a hunger dragon, it becomes something that children can understand and relate to.

Initially, this beautifully illustrated book is about the hunger dragon inside a little boy named Oliver. The hunger dragon is always making his presence known, grumbling and rumbling away to make sure everyone can hear that it wants food. Oliver finds he can’t run away from his hunger dragon, because it is inside him and follows him everywhere he goes.

When Hunger first hits Oliver it makes him tired, so much so that he is unable to play. Even when he goes to the library to quietly read a book, he has to leave because the hunger dragon inside him is making so much noise.

But the story is subtle as it introduces the idea that lots of children have hunger dragons, and it brings into play the idea that children might be willing to share their food with others who have noisy hunger dragons inside them.

So this is not just a nice story – which incidentally flows splendidly as it is told in rhyme – but it’s about the fact that, even today, some children are hungry and others may not even be aware of that until they hear the hunger dragon grumbling.

It’s also about sharing, and how that simple act can spiral and can be a way of helping others. In the story after initially thinking he was the only child with a hunger dragon, Oliver soon finds there are also three of his friends. Soon other friends begin to share their food until there are ten children all eating together, and the hunger dragons are finally quiet.

The author, Sherry Alexander, has written this tale from her childhood memory when two Portland Police Officers brought her family a food basket when they were in need, and a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book will go to The Clark County Washington Food Bank, Feeding America Organisation, and Portland Police Bureau  Sunshine Division of Oregon.
·  ISBN-10: 1612443060
·  ISBN-13: 978-1612443065

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