A beautiful children’s story with a very important subject at its heart!
I was kindly gifted a copy in order to take part in the Love Books Tours blog tour.
Leo and the Lightning Dragons written by Gill White & illustrated by Gilli B
Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself.
4 / 5
This is such a lovely and important children’s book which I think should be shared with all children.
The book is about real life Leo, who is diagnosed with Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy. He suffers from a large number of seizures every day and this story explains hero Leo as he battles these ‘dragons’ inside his head!
I love how they compare what is going on inside his head as if they are dragons he is battling. It’s the perfect way to explain this to children and it definitely got my son talking about it which in my opinion is brilliant. If a book can get my son discussing important issues in a way for him to understand then it’s a thumbs up from me.
This book is also great for not just learning about the syndrome Leo has but it’s also a way to teach children about any ‘dragons’ that they may face. My son is autistic and I always imagine his mind is a little like these dragons in the book when he has a sensory overload. Which brings me nicely on to the last part of the book which has a section on ideas to make the story more sensory, from crackling kitchen foil to wafting paper for dragon wings!
Overall this is such a lovely children’s story with a very important subject at it’s heart!
*Also all royalties from the sale of the book go to ‘Chas’ Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.