The Dragon and Her Boy
With illustrations by Levente Szabo
The Dragon and Her Boy meet under Smithfields Market about the time of the Bartholomew Fair. Yet this celebration is unlike any that can be remembered. For a start, it does not feel very celebratory. It seems that the Great City of London is particularly odiferous. What’s more, there are upheavals and kerfuffles such that put passers by off the exhibits. it means that Stick and Spud and Sparrow and the other gutterlings have little to show for their cartwheeling.
Since Fly left the group, as told in Tiger Heart, Stick has felt absent. Not only did Fly soothe his anxieties, but she asked little of him. It seems that without her, he is suddenly the leader of the group. Therefore, when he is rattled by what is going on around the city, the group feels agitated. Furthermore, when events after the Punch and Judy show reveal a face from Stick’s terrified past, we know that the air of fear, is justified. What does Sir Jasper have to do with Stick. Then again, why is he in London? Finally, can Stick confront his past and rectify what he ran from? It seems that in doing so he will avenge a terrible wrong done to a dragon only he can hear. Furthermore, it will reveal his truth.
Bookwagon loved the pace and depth of Tiger Heart. Like its predecessor, The Dragon and Her Boy is anchored in the sights, smells and lore of London. Yet, like that book, this one soars beyond, to the countryside, where the gutterlings learn that cows make milk and bread is baked. However there are even bigger journeys to be taken too, along forgotten waterways, through ancient promises and legend, and then into stories and memories long buried. London’s Last Bartholomew’s Fair