Number of Pages: 7
Publication Date: December 7, 2015
Rating: out of 5
Dragon Irri stumbles upon a round creature dressed in red and white. The creature refers to himself as “Santa Claus”. Aside from being irritated by this creature, the dragon is now forced to pull his sleigh while presents are delivered to children around the world.
This was an extremely quick, enjoyable, and well-written children’s book.
The brief relationship between Irri and Santa is humorous and made me chuckle a few times. Ms. Sorensen definitely captured Santa’s jolly behavior and the attitude of an irritated dragon in this read.
It was a bit difficult to determine the appropriate age group for this book. One of the reasons is that I felt the dragon was a bit harsh, stating “I hate you!” to Santa a few times and overall being a mean dragon. Typically, I try not to use the ‘hate’ word with children since it is an unkind word. Also, this passion against Santa is a bit off. Maybe if we got to know the characters more it wouldn’t have been as bad. For instance, is Irri an especially annoyed dragon or do all dragons act this way? Did he have a poor experience with humans before? Unfortunately, the character development was non-existent here.
Another reason it was challenging to determine the age group was due to the brevity of the story. There aren’t any pictures, so older children would probably be the target age. However, there wasn’t much action, so I feel some older-aged children may become a bit bored with the content.
Overall, this was a fun, quick read that could benefit with a bit more character development, but I’m sure many will chuckle while reading and enjoy the short story.