Review: The Great Dragon Bake Off, Nicola O’Byrne

August 23, 2016 kids, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review: The Great Dragon Bake Off, Nicola O’ByrneThe Great Dragon Bake Off by Nicola O'Byrne
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on August 2016
Genres: Children's Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 32
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

At the Ferocious Dragon Academy, dragons-in-training learn the arts of bone crunching and teeth sharpening. But there is one dragon who harbours a passion for a most undragon-like pastime . . .

Meet Flamie Oliver. To look at, Flamie is as terrifying as a dragon can get. But behind closed doors, Flamie is . . . a stupendously spectacular Star Baker! That's right – choux, rough, salty, sweet and puff – Flamie loves it all. In fact, he loves baking so much that his studies at the Ferocious Dragon Academy are starting to suffer, and there's a chance he won't graduate! Flamie's going to need a real showstopper to get out of this one.

On your marks, get set . . . BAKE!

Fabulously funny and perfect for fans of BBCs Great British Bake Off

angelyas_reviewFlamie Oliver doesn’t want to be a terrifying dragon like the other dragons at the Ferocious Dragon Academy – he just likes to bake.

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a kids’ book, but this one has both dragons and cake, so how could I resist?! My little dragons and I already knew Nicola O’Byrne’s Open Very Carefully, another brilliant picture book, so we were very excited to get into this one.

Unfortunately, the references to the Great British Bake Off were a little lost on my Aussie kids, but Flamie’s antics and references to familiar TV chefs made me giggle, at least!

The story itself is cute – Flamie doesn’t want to be a bad scary dragon, but to pass his final exam, he must kidnap a princess and eat her. But he just wants to bake! I suppose there might be a lesson in doing what you love in there somewhere, but mostly it’s just a lot of fun.

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

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