The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill

The Tea Dragon Festival

by Katie O’Neill.

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Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

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Length: 136 Pages.

Series: Tea Dragon #2.

Genre: Graphic Novel. Fantasy.

Read as an: eBook.


My Thoughts

The Tea Dragon Festival tells the story of Rinn and Aedhan, a recently awoken dragon. Once charged to protect the village, Aedham accidentally slept for 80 years. Now that he has awoken he explores the village with Rinn, trying to make up for lost time.

For those that have read the first book in the ‘Tea Dragon’ series, the characters Erik and Hesekiel will be familiar to you. This prequel is just as sweet and beautiful as first book, The Tea Dragon Society. While it is a prequel story, it can really be read in any order.

The story of The Tea Dragon Festival is a simple one – the writing is simple and the art is simply stunning. I have read all of Katie O’Neill’s works and I have loved every one of them. The stories O’Neill tells are so short and sweet, but no less poignant for their length.

The ‘Tea Dragon’ series is particularly endearing because of the adorable tea dragons. They are each just so cute and I was very excited to see that there is a card game modelled after the dragons. My absolute favourite is Mountain Chamomile – I am in love with its grumpy adorableness. Please see the below for a justification of my adoration.

How could you not love this little guy?!

It seems remiss to write a review of anything by Katie O’Neill without mentioning the amazing inclusivity featured within her books. You will always find a diverse cast of characters, soft but present representations of QUILTBAG relationships, and in The Tea Dragon Festival, the inclusion and visual representation of sign language.

Honestly if you’re looking for sweet and inclusive books to add to your collection, you need all of O’Neill’s books. No ifs, ands or buts -just go out and get ’em!


Recommendation

I would really recommend The Tea Dragon Festival for anyone who wants to read a quick and cute story that not only is full of jaw dropping art but makes you want a cup of tea 🍵


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