Davy's Dragon Castle

Children - Grade K-3rd
33 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2022
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Imagine a magical castle ruled by a very special dragon. Davy is that special dragon and his heart is bigger than the castle. Davy believes in sharing with everyone, no matter what their skin or fur color is, no matter where they live, or how rich or poor they are, and certainly no matter what physical and psychological differences they might have. Everyone is equal to Davy and every year when he plans his special Christmas party for the people of Dragon Town, the party is meant for everyone. As he tells one of the fairies who tries to turn away the BunBun Rabbit family, “Anyone who finds my castle is welcome.” This is the way God wants us to live and it’s the way Davy wants to live, too.

Mary and Michael Schmidt’s picture book story, Davy’s Dragon Castle, is a sweet story about caring, learning about our differences, and accepting everyone in honor of their unique differences. The story is told in simple language so young readers can follow along. The bright, bold, colorful illustrations are spectacular and certainly help move the story along. The font appears in multiple colors depending on the page so it stands out, but also to point out that different colors don’t change the depth of the meaning of the words, just like different colors don’t change people. The story is full of fun and excitement leading up to Davy’s big Christmas party and the authors continually stress the importance of everyone being included. A simple story with a powerful message, beautifully told.

Kristine Zimmerman

Davy's Dragon Castle by Mary and Michael Schmidt is a colorfully illustrated tale about acceptance. The story is geared for young children and gently introduces them to accepting all creatures, no matter their appearance. Davy and his wife Lilly live in a magical place called Dragon Town. They enjoy having parties, and it's time for their big Christmas celebration. Davy wants everyone invited to the party – all are welcome! Throughout the story, we are introduced to the various inhabitants of the castle. There are Candy Cane Fairies, with their colorful wings, and tiny dragons called Squees that help prepare the castle for the party. One of the Squees, Tim, has a prosthetic limb, but it doesn't slow him down. Davy reminds his friends that all are welcome to enjoy the festivities. It is a fun-filled Christmas gathering.

Davy's Dragon Castle is a simple and gentle Christmas story. The illustrations are vivid and detailed. A highlight of the book is the pictures of the dragons, from Davy down to the tiny Squees. The Schmidts have included their message of acceptance and it will be easily grasped by toddlers. It is most clearly illustrated by the tiny Squee Tim whose disability doesn't hinder him from being a valuable member of the castle staff. Kids will enjoy perusing the pictures to see all the colorful Christmas décor, like stockings and presents and sleighs. They might even wish they could go on a sleigh ride pulled by a dragon. Davy's Dragon Castle is a sweet and fun Christmas read.

K.C. Finn

Davy’s Dragon Castle is a work of fiction in the children’s and fantasy genres. It is aimed at younger readers and was penned by creative team Mary and Michael Schmidt. Set in Dragon Town, the book is about Davy the Dragon who lives in a castle and invites all the local children and their families to a big Christmas party. The party is a big deal in the town and all the people look forward to it almost as much as Davy himself, and the big rule of his party is that everyone is welcome no matter what!

This is a wonderful book to share with your little ones this Christmas time, and indeed all year round. Emphasizing the importance of being welcoming and accepting to all people no matter how different they are to you, Mary and Michael Schmidt have created not just a fun tale for children but an important message about how to behave in the world. Davy is a delightful dragon and a wonderful role model for young readers, leading the way by focusing his life on enjoying happy experiences with any who would be his friend. I also thought it was a lovely and important touch that Davy’s response to Cindy for not including his friends wasn’t to be angry with her but to explain and help her understand why she was wrong not to let the BunBun family attend. Davy’s Dragon Castle has a lot of depth around the issues of race and inclusion and is aimed squarely at an audience who needs to be hearing that message.