Night Sky Dragons by Mal PeetNight Sky Dragons by Mal Peet

Night Sky Dragons

byMal Peet, Elspeth GrahamIllustratorPatrick Benson

Picture Books | October 14, 2014

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A rousing narrative by Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet and his wife, Elspeth Graham, with atmospheric illustrations by acclaimed artist Patrick Benson.

Yazul loves making kites with his grandfather, but all he truly desires is the approval of his father. Yazul’s father, lord of a han along the Silk Road, is a man made stern by loneliness, and Yazul’s love of kite-making only seems to elicit disappointment. “Travel and trade are what matters,” his father says. But when the han is attacked by bandits, Yazul has an idea. With the help of his grandfather, he might just be able to use his kite-making skills to scare the bandits away and save the han. Will Yazul’s courage and cleverness make his father proud?
Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham live in Devon, England, in a house not too far from the sea. Elspeth writes in a room on the ground floor while Mal writes in the attic. Sometimes they meet in the middle to write books like this one. Mal Peet is also the author of numerous young adult novels including Life: An Exploded Diagram and the Carne...
Title:Night Sky DragonsFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:64 pages, 9.31 × 7.75 × 0.44 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763661449

ISBN - 13:9780763661441


Editorial Reviews

The relationship between Yazul and Grandfather radiates warmth and true delight... Benson's pen-and-watercolor illustrations bring out the complexities of Yazul's relationships, from Grandfather's bold colors to simple, sepia-toned lines for Yazul's father. A treasured broken dish showing the history of Yazul's ancestors draws readers in with its poignant shards.This dazzling, heartwarming story excites, soars and redefines "go fly a kite."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)This rich, engaging story is a welcome addition to historical fiction, introducing life along the Silk Road. ... The writing is wonderfully descriptive, creating a realistic setting, a quick-moving plot, and sympathetic characters with minimal text. Throughout the book, watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the action while providing additional plot and historical details that allow readers to imagine more fully the time and place. ... The uniqueness of the story and its setting make it a wonderful offering for readers looking for a far-flung, adventure-filled story.—School Library JournalBenson’s pen-and-watercolor portraits concentrate on details of costume and culture, lingering on Yazul’s peaked boots and upturned cap. The result is an adventure that, despite its distant setting, makes it clear that Yazul is not very different from the readers of his story.—Publishers WeeklyThis nicely designed and illustrated volume offers a story with broad appeal. ... Created with pen and watercolor, Benson’s detailed illustrations help readers envision Yazul’s world. A well-knit story that reads aloud beautifully.—BooklistThere’s an old-fashioned flavor to this long-ago-and-far-away tale... The trickster elements of the story will intrigue readers.—Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksDramatic yet subtly rendered watercolor illustrations... This vivid and emotionally resonant adventure from the husband-and-wife authors of “Cloud Tea Monkeys” reads equally well aloud or alone.—Wall Street JournalSuspenseful and compelling.—The Buffalo News