The Tea Dragon Festival By Katie O’Neill
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Middle Grade, and Comic
Pages: 136 pages
Published: September 17th 2019
Publisher: Oni Press
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.
My Thoughts: So I randomly decided to pick up the first book in this series which was The Tea Dragon Society. I adored it! So when I saw the second book was on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance at reading it. Well I have to say I ended up enjoying this one a lot more.
So this story takes place before the events of The Tea Dragon Society. So I was excited to get some backstory. You follow Rinn in this story. She is the niece of Erik from the first story. She has recently discovered a real dragon whose mission was to protect the village but ended up falling into a sleeping curse and was asleep for 80 years. Rinn decides to help the real dragon feel comfortable and make up for lost time. I was so excited to be introduced to all these new characters plus, Hesekiel and Erik are also in this story. I loved getting to know all these new characters plus learning more about the old characters. They are all so unique and each have their own special talents. It just really warmed my heart reading this story. I just thought it was so much sweeter than the first one.
I also really love the artwork for this book. I think Katie has such a wonderful art style. It’s just so cute and fun. The artwork is always very colorful which just really adds to the overall vibes. Each character is so unique and I just love how they look. You can also tell she put so much detail into the locations. Also can we talk about how precious the tea dragons are. Omg they are honestly the cutest things ever. I love how they also have their own unique personalities. There was one in this book that had a bit of sas to it and it had me cracking up. I wish tea dragons were real because I would love to own one. I honestly would love to buy a print from Katie of one of the tea dragons and hang it up in my house.
Lastly, I want to mention how I enjoyed that some of the characters would speak in sign language and voice. I just thought that was so inclusive. I haven’t seen that done before in a comic so I really enjoyed that aspect. I would love to see that be done more in books.
Overall I thought this was such an adorable story. It honestly made me so happy reading this. I loved all the characters, new and old. I always enjoy seeing the different tea dragons with their unique personalities. If you’re looking for a cute read that will warm your heart, I highly recommend it. Plus the artwork is just so well done and just really pleasing to the eye. I can’t see how you’d dislike this book.
Have you guys ended up reading this book? If so what were your thoughts on it. If not, is this book on your TBR? Are you planning to read it? Let me know in the comments.
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