Padraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle, are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s’mores over their campfire. But when the sky gets dark and the sounds of strange animals fill the forest outside their tent, their safari gets scary. This adventure is just what the boys need to discover that the dark might be frightening, but their friendship is stronger than fear.
The Dragon and the Turtle go on Safari is a cute picture book with well-stated but subtle morals behind it. I really loved the illustrations of the book, they brought the characters of Padraig and Roger to life. The ideas of being brave, helping others and caring for others are wonderful lessons for a child to learn, and they are woven seamlessly throughout the story.
However, I kept being distracted by not knowing how to pronounce Padraig’s name (google tells me it is pronounced PAW-rig) and by how much older (and British!) the two main characters sounded. I felt their speech was a little older than two boys would use, more like adults or maybe even young adults.
Overlooking those two things, though, this picture book is definitely a fun one and younger children will enjoy the pictures, animals and the idea of eating bugs!
This book received through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program.