Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Amanda Bannikov
Illustrator: Holly N. Wright
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
“My name is Tippy, and I was hoping that you could help me get to sleep. I have been awake for days because I just can’t fall asleep,” Kimothin is told in Amanda Bannikov’s children’s book, The Sleepy Dragon.
At thirty-two pages, this paperback targets children ages three to eight years old, especially those who enjoy tales of knights and dragons. With no profanity, there is no violence except the concept to slay a dragon. Some punctuation and capitalization errors in the version may confuse beginner readers.
Author Bannikov lives in Michigan and works as an attorney while writing children’s stories at night. As a world traveler, she and her partner live with several animals. Illustrator Wright gleans her artistic talents from a childhood filled with the outdoors and nature. Her simplistic drawings that cover the pages are easy to understand and follow the storyline.
In this fairytale, a young knight named Kimothin lives in the Kingdom of Smesselleo. Although she is a strong and brave knight, she is made fun of because she has never slain a dragon.
Tired of the taunting, the knight decides to go on an adventure to slay a dragon. She leaves with her armor, snacks, and her important sword. She searches in the forest, lakes, rivers, fields, and meadows but cannot find one.
When she looks in the last cave, she is surprised by one of the biggest, greenest, scariest dragons. When she draws her sword, the animal chases her out of the cave. When he catches up to her, the dragon named Tippy asks her to help him get to sleep.
First Kimothin tells the dragon to find a pillow. Next she makes him a blanket out of grasses. Lastly, she tells him to think about things he loves doing and seeing. Soon not only is the dragon asleep, but also is the knight.
When they awaken, Tippy thanks Kimothin for helping him get to sleep. He agrees to go with the knight back to her kingdom so she can tell fellow knights that dragons are not mean or scary. After a feast where the story is told, the two look forward to their next adventure.
Even though this version has errors, the bedtime story that offers tips to falling asleep is a calming tale that teaches helping others and noticing their good qualities.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinion.