My boy and I loved this new book by Australian author Phil Cummings and illustrator Shane Devries. Boy is not your typical dragon versus knight story. It’s a hopeful and inclusive story about the power of communication to encourage understanding and promote peace.
Boy cannot hear, but he can see and sense the fear in the people around him. He speaks with ‘dancing hands’, or draws in the sand. One of the first picture books I’ve read where the main character is deaf and communicates through sign language. This unique perspective allows Boy to see things differently, and help bring an end to the fighting between a dragon and the knights in his village.
Author: Phil Cummings
Illustrator: Shane Devries
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
First published: 2017