Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Boy Who Painted Dragons

The Boy Who Painted Dragons

Fall 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 7 - 10 yrs.
Author: Demi
Illustrator: Demi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 1416924698
Hardcover Price: $21.99
Author/artist Demi has created another stunningly illustrated children's book, The Boy Who Painted Dragons. It's the story of Ping, a talented young boy who secretly fears the dragons whose images he paints. As he attempts to hide his fear, he covers every possible surface with brilliant golden dragons. When asked why he paints them, Ping lies and says "'Because I love dragons!...He is the spirit of life. He is the secret force in nature.'" The book reads like an ancient folktale, carrying timeless spiritual messages about inner strength and facing one's fears. It also puts a literal spin on the expression "pearls of wisdom"-the dragons live in heaven and collect pearls carved with words such as "Seek your heart," or "Dare to be great." Demi's gold-tinged illustrations are dramatically beautiful, combining paint and ink with Chinese silk brocade. Some of the pages fold out as well, for greater visual impact. This lovely book is suitable for both home and classroom use.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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