Leo and the Lightning Dragons written by Gill White, illustrated by Gilli B, publisher Fledgling Press, is available NOW in paperback format.
To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2AWPWRw
Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).
I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this wonderful book by Gill White: Leo and the Lightning Dragons.
As soon as I read about this book I knew I had to buy a copy of the book as I have my own personal experience of a child living with epilepsy.
I adore children’s picture books, even though my children are now adults you can still gain so much joy in reading a picture book. Oh my goodness this story brought back so many emotions and memories of a time my own boy fought his own ‘crackles’ and lightning bolts. My son started having seizures at the age of two, they stopped for a while but started again during his teen years. Epilepsy is a frightening condition for the sufferer as well as for the loved ones witnessing it.
Leo and the Lightning Dragons is a truly wonderful picture book. It’s a visual delight, the illustrations are clear and bright in a simplistic manner but are very appealing to the eye. I loved the use of different fonts to describe the adjectives in the storytelling, they worked perfectly for both the reader who could then ‘act’ out the adjective or for a small child to visibly see the change in font and could then imagine the intensity of the word.
The story is very poignant and it could be relatable to any number of situations were a child is experiencing something different to his peers. It felt so uplifting, positive and encouraging and I wanted to ‘fist pump’ the air with ‘Yes, Leo, you can do it’!
This is a perfect picture book for any child as the storyline would appeal to them describing a young knight fighting dragons. It showed courage and bravery and a will to keep on going.
I’d highly recommend this book to be on the shelves of every primary school library and in every children’s hospital ward. It’s colourful and filled full of positivity. I hope the book sells out and raises loads of much needed funds for CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).
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