Lacking (in my humble opinion)
As a lover of fantasy books I have read George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. An epic story with battles, murder, love scenes, corruption, etc. A story, while fabulous, entirely unsuitable for children. So imagine my surprise (coupled with delight) at finding a children’s book written by Martin.
Let me begin by saying the concept of this story is phenomenal. An ice dragon, the antithesis of fire-breathing dragons so often written about, takes main stage and becomes the companion of a particular little girl. In all my fantasy forays I’ve never encountered a cold dragon. How incredible to take a dragon, which is normally associated with heat and fire, and make it icy cold. And then to take a creature who is an icy, cold killer and give it a heart and make it love a little girl.
This concept should create a book that is pure magic…but…I was a little disappointed. Maybe the fault is mine. I do read a lot of YA literature, but as far as children’s literature, well let’s just say that journey began about 8 months ago and is pretty much confined to books with rhymes. So maybe I don’t have a good understanding on what children can understand in a book. Nonetheless, as I say before, I was a little disappointed. This book left me wanting more. I wanted more description. I wanted less telling and more showing. I wanted characters with more depth.
The idea was fascinating, but the idea on it’s own couldn’t make a magical book. Maybe I should stick to teen literature.
What do you think? Is this a really well written children’s book; are my expectations skewed? And what are some well-written children’s books that I should read to get a better idea of this genre? Help a reader out!