Dragons are Real – Book Review

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My thoughts on DRAGONS ARE REAL by Valarie Budayr

I have read books by Valarie and I have always enjoyed them, Dragons Are Real is no exception. I did not read the book immediately but I waited to read the book with my son, not taking a peek till we sat to read it together. It was lovely time as we bonded over this excellent book.

As a parent, I found this to be a perfect present for him. He fell in love with the book after seeing the first image and was eager to read more. It is a simple and cute story with delightful dragons on every page. The story is so hilarious and since it does not rhyme it is much more fun to read, like a proper book. The humor is impeccable!

My son just turned seven and had this to say, “It was very funny and good. It was like the dragons would come alive and we would meet him around the corner. The pictures are so beautiful too.” He gives this book five stars – more if it were possible! My son loved the story and he laughed so much enjoying it thoroughly. We read it twice and will be reading it again at bedtime and many times more. He read each page with rapt attention and asked a lot of questions about the pictures and the story.

We are now true believers, looking out to find our own real dragon.

Dragons Are Real is full of detailed, beautiful dragons. The pictures are so real, life like and the illustrations absolutely remarkable! Micheal is super talented!! It is a delight to read and to just see the pictures which help us understand the book and enjoy it.

A must have this summer for a wonderful addition to our library. An outstanding book indeed.

{© I received a copy of the book from Beach Bound Books and this is my honest opinion.}

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Valarie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply, Dragons are Real. The tour will run from May 9 – May 30, 2016


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About the Book


Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32

Book Description:

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

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About the Author: Valarie Budayr


Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com.

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day , #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas.


Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

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About the Illustrator: Michael Welply


Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

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  1. Stacie Theis

    What a lovely review! I am so happy that you and your son were able to make reading this delightful book so special. I agree with the both of you that the illustrations are beautiful and it’s such fun searching the pages to find every hidden detail. Thank you for participating in the blog tour.

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