Review: “Mindel and The Misfit Dragons” is Highly Recommended for All Ages

Jul 17, 2014

I love this book! Mindel is a wonderful book about a smart and a wise-beyond-her-years girl who is determined to save her family home, Castle Draconmere.

I think this book is remarkable on so many levels. Thematically, the book brings together medieval folklore and dragon-lore with traditional Jewish themes, and although it is unexpected, it fits so beautifully and poignantly together. Mindel teaches young Jewish children that they can balance their traditions with their aspirations and that they do not have to be mutually exclusive. It also teaches children to embrace their identity and to realize that even if they havenít quite figured it out just yet, every individual has their own special place in the world.

The bookís hand lettering and illustrations draw the reader into the world of Mindel and one truly does feel as if one is poring over an ancient medieval manuscript. The rhyme scheme of the book also reinforces the immersive experience and makes it that much more fun to read aloud with young ones.

I think children of all ages and adults will finish this book feeling as if they have been enriched, enlightened and entertained. Highly Recommended!

 

Ruby Assis, Goodreads