If there is one thing that Audrey Wood knows how to do well, it is to create imaginative tales for kids to enjoy. She makes stories that float beyond the world that we know and go far into the world of the fantastical, whimsical, and utterly delightful. Kids will “Ooh” and “Aah” at some of the things they see and places they get to visit within Wood’s pages. Though she typically does her own illustrations, Wood is always willing to work with other illustrators, from her husband Don to the renowned Mark Teague.
The Flying Dragon Room is one of those stories that kids can have a great time reading. Nothing but sheer entertainment here! Young Patrick wants to help his parents paint the house, but they think he’ll just get in the way. However, Mrs. Jenkins lends Patrick her tools. She lets him know that they are special tools, and Patrick can use them for a while to make whatever he likes. So for an entire week while everyone else works on the house, Patrick uses the tools to make something fantastic. Once he is finished, he invites everyone into a huge backyard surprise.
Inside, he shows them all sorts of different rooms he has made. From a garden with all kinds of small creatures to the field where a T-rex wanders around, everyone is in awe of what Patrick has made. Readers will feel the same way.
This children’s book is nothing but fun. Imagination fills the pages and kids will marvel at all of Teague’s illustrations. While Wood brings forth the sort of rooms that both boys and girls would love to play in, Teague offers up the pictures that embody them. His full acrylic paintings are rich in color and have excellent details that will have kids gazing at these pictures for a while. It’s hard not to get excited at the idea of flying dragons, huge waterfalls, and a bubble room. Though this book is intended for kids ages 3 to 8, don’t be surprised if this book sticks around well after kids pass 8 years of age.