Book Cover
Title The Lonely Dragon
Series ---
Author Christiane Duchesne
Illustrated By Christiane Duchesne
Publisher James Lorimer & Company - 1977
First Printing Les Editions Heritage - 1975
Category Children
Warnings None

Main Characters


Main Elements Dragons

Lucy the dragon becomes terribly lonely in her search for a lost friend. Finally her dreams bring her a vision, and she awakes to a marvellous suprise. Christine Duchesne's story and beautiful illustrations will delight the very youngest readers and listeners.

That dream that Lucy had was...on LSD? Sorry, I'm not usually so mean in my reviews, but this book was rather weird. Maybe something got lost in the translation from it's original French (Le triste dragon). Firstly, I didn't care much for the illustrations, I'm not the type of person who enjoys art that looks worse than what I could draw when I was a child. I know, I know, that makes me sound like I'm an uncultured ignoramus, but while I do like some art styles, including some stylized and abstract art, this book just didn't do it for me.

The plot starts of well enough, Lucy is lonely and looking for her friend. Then she takes a nap and see a vision of herself on the roof of a house with her little bird friend (at least I think that is her friend, later the friend is described as a dragon, in which case it wasn't the bird and the friend was actually...invisible?)...and a grand piano floating off to the left of the scene. Yeah....and then she wakes up to a field of violets, which is ok, until one starts talking to her telling her she's not dreaming and now she won't be lonely anymore because the snow was replaced by millions of flowers. And that's it.

Admittedly there was a dragon in it, but that was the only redeeming feature for me.

Posted: November 2010


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