Toot The Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle

A Tale of Persistence

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2023
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Author Biography

In the corporate world, Julian helps businesses digitally transform in a new AI fuelled NetZero world.

In the creative world, and as a father of two girls, Julian writes and illustrates children's picture books to help children build their imagination and creativity.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

One of Winston Churchill’s most famous quotes is: “Never, never, never give up.” Toot learns the value of persistence in Toot the Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle: A Tale of Persistence by Julian Boram. Toot is a Droodle and lived in a city named Poot. Droodles can fly, but unfortunately, Toot couldn’t. However, with the help of Snowl, Phow, and Swat, Toot finally learns how to fly. Can you guess what Snowl, Phow, and Swat are? What part does Old Man Willow play in Toot’s fun learning-to-fly adventure? Have you ever felt you didn’t belong because you were different from your friends? This book will teach you how to soar with your friends and do what you thought was impossible. What combination of two animals would you like to be?

Julian Boram writes about social acceptance when you are different. His book can be used to help your child understand that being different is good. In Toot the Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle, your child will learn that they should keep trying even if they can’t master certain things immediately. Parents can help their children learn the importance of perseverance. If something is worth having, it is worth working for. Toot does not give up until he has learned to fly. He is full of doubts, but with the encouragement of his friends, he finally succeeds. The illustrations are colorful and amusing. At the end of the book, Julian gives your child several fun tasks to complete. Your child will enjoy reading this delightful story and learn important life lessons at the same time.

Amy Louise Hill

Toot the Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle: A Tale of Persistence by Julian Boram is a fun and imaginative picture book for young children. Young Toot just wants to fit in with the rest of his kind, but there's one thing preventing him from achieving his wish. You see, Toot is part dragon, part poodle, meaning he should be able to fly. But no matter how hard he tries, he just can't seem to manage it. One day, Toot is playing with his kite, and suddenly it breaks free and soars up high into the sky. Toot's friends approach him and offer him some useful tips on how to retrieve it. Will their advice help him get his kite back and what advice do you think they gave him? Find out in this book.

Toot the Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle was a joy to read. As soon as I began, the wonderful rhymes pulled me in and held my attention throughout. The storyline is beautiful and contains heartwarming messages for children to follow. My favorite was how it teaches children that they can accomplish anything if they surround themselves with good people who always support them. I also loved the way that the author poured his imagination into the characters. My favorite was the Swat. I enjoyed every page by Julian Boram, and I know children will too. Keep up the great work, Julian, I hope to read more from you soon.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Toot the Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle: A Tale of Persistence, written and illustrated by Julian Boram, is a delightful children’s picture book. The story revolves around Toot who is part dragon and part poodle. He lives in a cave in a village called Poot. Toot is cute and sweet with fuzzy ears, woolly feet, and a curly tail. He also has wings but unfortunately, he doesn’t know how to fly like the other droodles. To entertain himself, he runs off to fly his kite but when the wind blows, its string snapped. Toot chases his kite up a tall hill and into the dark clouds. From the mist and the cloud appears a snowl, part snake and part owl, and Toot soon gets his first lesson in flying. Will he learn to fly and play with the other droodles in the sky?

Julian Boram’s Toot the Flying Droodle - Part Dragon Part Poodle is a charming children’s picture book that should capture the undivided attention of young readers. The author’s fertile imagination shines through as he comes up with fascinating characters that are cute and lovable. The story is narrated in an easy-to-remember rhyme that is pleasing to the ears; a story that should be read aloud. Children should learn the value of perseverance from this story as they can turn their frustration into a learning experience just like Toot. Beautifully illustrated, this book feeds a child’s imagination. Identifying the animals at the end of the book and spotting the droodle eggs on every page promises to be lots of fun too.