This lovely, 24 page fully illustrated (in colour) story book is a perfect Christmas gift for 3-8 year olds, that has been purchased and sent to almost every country on the planet.
Grandparents, parents and other people with younger children in their lives love to give this unique Christmas tale as a great Christmas gift.
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This beautifully illustrated children's book would make a great Christmas gift for any child, especially those aged 3-8 years old. The book is about a dragon called Duffy who helps Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. My daughter and I really enjoyed this book, especially the rhyming words and illustrations. My daughter was a little bit scared of the dragon at the beginning of the book, but by the end, she liked him.
Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The most wonderful and enchanting tale of a dragon on a little adventure with Santa and his reindeers. With the rhyming and colours, it was so much fun and i couldnt keep a smile of my face as i read along. It makes me feel like talking in rhymes, and trust me you'd want to read it before every bedtime..
What a fun and original Christmas story. Duffy the Dragon has to help Santa and the reindeer deliver all the presents safely! Children with great imaginations and/or with a love of dragons will become absorbed in this one.
Children just want to fantasize and see the world in a slightly different way. Fairies, mermaids, miraculous creatures, talking animals ... are just some of the things that children need to understand the world around them.
Parents as well as teachers have a huge burden of responsibility towards children. Although there are many modern and up-to-date tools and applications that can help, books are still one of the best choices for educating children.
‘Duffy The Christmassy Dragon’ by Kate Noble, a cute story about a dragon called Duffy who helps Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve is a great choice for a good night story. Rhymed stories and interesting events are especially appealing to children, and beautiful illustrations will allow them to be fully immersed in the story.
But what honestly amazed me was the fact that the main character in the story was a dragon, something that is typically associated with evil, a bad creature that only hurts and harms. Showing Duffy as a hero is a fantastic choice for the author, as it gives children a great chance to get closer to the realization that looks can be deceiving. If something looks nice and good, it does not necessarily mean that it is and vice versa. Children need to understand that they should not be deceived by the appearance of things.
Another thing that honestly sparked a discussion between me and my daughter is the friendship between Turtle the cat, Mizzle the mouse and Duffy the dragon. "But mom, won't the dragon eat them?" And "How can they be friends?" are just some of the questions we discussed. The well-inserted message that diversity is a wonderful thing and not to be judged by looks touched my child's ears, and raised even more questions about true friendship.
Yes, there may be imperfect rhymes, as I read in some of the reviews, but children do not seek perfection. They are looking for a topic that will be interesting and presented in a way that they will be able to understand, and this book definitely contains all those qualities, and is a great choice for a wonderful read with children.
This is an adorable story about how duffy the dragon saved Christmas. Duffy is a very sweet dragon who is very sad to be alone for the holidays. Luckily he's around when Santa needs his help. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, and children are sure to love the adventure.
Loved this! Thank you NetGalley for letting me read it. It might not be arc and old on the market but I can I see why it’s been sold in every country.
I loved the dragon story and the words made me laugh and the illustrations are so cute.
I can’t wait to read this to my 3&5 year old nephews closer to Christmas!!
I really enjoyed
A big thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a children's book. This is a cute Christmas book. Duffy is quite the hero. I liked the rhyming it's not perfect but kids don't care. 4 stars
The story of a good dragon that saved Christmas.
Santa Claus is having troubles with his reindeer landing in roofs because of the frost so he asks Duffy to assist him and with his fire to melt the frost.
A story about love, help and dreams coming true
A perfectly charming Christmas tale! After being left alone for Christmas, Duffy the Dragon gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help Santa and his reindeer save Christmas. This story is sweet, adventurous and full of heart; a great choice for a Christmas story!
A special little Christmas book. Whimsical pictures of a red winged dragon helping Santa and his reindeer deliver presents on Christmas eve. It is a quick, fun read for youngsters that could be read each and every year. Duffy is a sweet dragon left alone for the night by the King who went to visit his Aunt. Duffy saves the night with his cool fiery breath making the rooftops safe for Santa and his reindeer to land.
Duffy The Christmassy Dragon is a rhyming cozy Christmas children's illustrated book by Kate Noble about Duffy, the king's dragon unexpected Christmas adventure helping Santa after he's left all alone at home.
It's the perfect story on a cold winter's night for the tiny tots with it's cute storyline, rustic illustrations and there's even a recipe at the end for Podgepickle Stew which was unexpected and reading it was hilarious.
A lovely, Christmassy tale. I really liked the illustration style and think Children will enjoy discovering what Duffy gets up to!
On the hunt for a Christmassy story for young relatives I stumbled across this book. With stunning illustrations, even in black and white on a Kindle, and a lovely rhyming approach to story telling this book definitely makes the list. Recommended for small people for Christmas.
This was a wonderful story about how Duffy was asked to save Christmas (spolier - Duffy was able to save Christmas). The illustrations are beautiful and whimsical. I love the inscription page; this book would make a fantastic gifting option for the young readers in your life.
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.
This is quite a sweet story of adventure and fun on Christmas Eve. However there were a few issues with punctuation and the flow of the rhyme which made reading it a bit halted. I liked the illustrations and thought the general idea of the story was good. My son who is 8 enjoyed the story and liked the recipe at the end. With a few tweaks and an editor, this book would be 5 stars.
This book combines two things I love, dragons and Christmas, and does so ADORABLY. The whimsical art really fits the theme, and the cadence of the story definitely brings to mind the traditional Night Before Christmas. Also? That podgepickle recipe at the end is the cherry on top of all the fun of this book; SO cute.
I thought that this was an alternative Christmas read that was really enjoyable.
I liked the illustrations in the book and the leading role that Duffy plays.
It was an easy book to read and follow and a will be a great Christmas read.
It is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended!
Beautiful illustrations! I loved this book. It is a unique and wonderful Christmas story for any child.
This is a very fun and unique Christmas story. My boys would love it! The illustrations were whimsical!
I did see a few grammatical errors and I think the text could be more evenly dispersed between the pages.
This book may have actually been published in 2006, but NetGalley just gave me a copy of it. I thought this story was really cute. It may have been a little predictable, but it is very whimsical and a pleasure to read. I enjoyed how it included his recipe in the back, I would definitely consider picking up this book as a gift.
Such an adorable book for children. I would gift this book to my grandsons in a heartbeat.
The storyline is simple. Duffy the dragon must help Santa and his reindeer save Christmas. With colorful illustrations and a rhyming prose, Duffy the Christmassy Dragon is sure to please any child. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Five stars -- I loved it.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This reminded me of old stories with the nostalgic illustrations. I enjoyed how colorful they were. The cadence of the story was to "Twas the Night Before Christmas. A unique take on a Christmas story.
This book is adorable! This 24 page, illustrated children's book tells the delightful story of how Duffy the Dragon saved Christmas. The illustrations are so cute and colorful, and the story is written as a fun kid's poem.
I loved this book and I can't wait to read it to my grandson. You can't get any higher praise than that.
I received a free digital copy from the publishers via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Very interesting story about a Christmas time dragon, with great illustrations. I also love rhyming books.
My daughter wanted to make the stew in the end, I looked over the recipe and laughed, at the idea of her wanting to eat something with so much chili peppers inside.
This was so heartwarming! A Rudolph-esque tale, that shows even when you're feeling down there's always someone that needs you.
The illustrations were really pretty - they're obviously from an older book, but I prefer more natural illustrations anyway.
A great bedtime read for kids and very festive.
Adorable.stpry of how a dragon saves Christmas by making sure Santa doesnt slip on the ice on snow on the rooftops. Colorful, whimsical illustrations accompany the story.
Thank you NetGalley for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to NetGalle and the publisher for granting me access to this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was the cutest story with a Dragon I have ever read. This book was so beautiful, I trully love this style of art in books for kids or any kind of books. I loved it with this cute dragon!
I hope that the author with the artist will work on more stories of Duffy and the King. The story was well written in rhymes and thanks to the illustrations, It ended up so adorable and enjoyable. A great book for kids to have and a nice dragon for them to discover.
This was a beautiful book, the illustrations were bright & eye catching, sure to hold your little ones attention. Fabulous little story & would be a welcome addition to any child's Christmas gifts
This is an absolutely gorgeous kids book about Duffy the Dragon who helps santa deliver presents one very snowy christmas night.
The illustrations are spectacular and the verse is absolutely delightful, quick and fun to read. i'd highly recommend this to parents of young kids.
What a delightful little Christmas read! Duffy the super helpful dragon helps save Christmas when Santa is unable to land on house roofs due to ice. Duffy comes to the rescue breathing dragon fire to melt the ice! The illustrations are delightful and the rhyming nature of the book make it a fun, fluid read.
I found this mildly entertaining. But that may be because i am not a child. Still, it was colourful and enjoyable, love anything with dragons or Christmas
Duffy the Christmassy Dragon is a cute book for the little ones! The illustrations were very cute. I enjoyed looking for the little details and there were many! The story is uniquely different! A perfect tale for any little Princes or Princesses. The stew recipe at the end was a hoot. Children of all ages will totally enjoy this NEW and very different Christmas tale! Or is that Christmassy Tail?
Lovely little book that I think will appeal to a range of ages.
Rhyming verses keep the storyline fun, and who doesn't like to read Christmas books? Combine that with dragons and you on to a winner!
The illustrations were lovely and colourful too so eye-catching.
DUFFY THE CHRISTMASSY DRAGON // by Kate Noble // illustrated by Kara Olson
Duffy the Christmassy Dragon is an adorable story about a dragon that helps Santa save Christmas thanks to the skills that only he possesses. I really loved this story! It is so adorable! It is a great length for a children's book and the rhythm that carries throughout is very fun. Olson's illustrations are beautiful and absolutely perfect for this as well.
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is not only a great story to read at Christmas, but also for any child, or even adult, who enjoys reading stories about castles, dragons, and kings. This book is definitely one to take your child's mind on a good ride with their imagination. A king goes away to visit a family member at Christmas, and cannot take his beloved dragon with him. But, while the king is away, and the dragon is taking joy in making soup, Santa makes an unexpected appearance, and needs help. The plan that the dragon comes up with is so creative. I loved this book and it is perfect for a 4-7 year old.
Thank you to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for granting me access to Duffy the Christmassy Dragon in exchange for an honest review.
Duffy the Christmassy Dragon is the story of a king's pet dragon, Duffy, who must stay home on Christmas Eve while his beloved King visits a house too small and full of fragile things for such a large pet. While Duffy waits, Santa stops by looking for help.
This story is so charming, and the watercolour illustrations are beautiful! I could look at them all day, and they fit with the story so well. My daughter is almost three and just starting to have the patience for a book with this many words on one page, and I think she'll be ready to appreciate it at Christmas time. I look forward to re-experiencing this book with her then!
The inclusion of a recipe for Duffy's culinary invention, Podgepickle Stew, is an adorable finishing touch, too. Sounds far too spicy for me, but perfect for a dragon!
I would definitely pick up a copy of this book or any other Duffy story from this author-illustrator pair as gifts for any other kids I know and recommend it to primary grade teachers for their classrooms.
A sweet story about a dragon named Duffy who gets an opportunity to do a good deed on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are just right and the writing is simple and easy to understand. Any child would love to read this book or read it along with their parent/guardian.
Highly recommended for little ones.
Fantastic!! The art work is seriously beautiful and the story was great. Will definitely be reading this again with my children.
This is a story about a dragon that is by himself on Christmas Eve when all of a sudden he finds Santa asking for his help. It is a cute, fun read that I would enjoy reading every Christmas to my young girls.
This book was given to me an an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Oh what a charming story about a dragon who saves Christmas! My son and I both loved the prose and it was such a pleasure to read. The illustrations were very unique and creative. My favorite part is the recipe for the firey stew at the end of the book! This book would make a perfect Christmas gift for any young reader!
First off, I loved the illustrations for this book! There is something so incredibly old-worldy and timeless about them... They just make you feel all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic.
Secondly, the story is utterly charming! It flows lyrically and tells the story of how Duffy the Dragon helps Santa on Christmas. It gave me Night Before Christmas vibes in how it flowed from one verse to the next... It's a perfect story to read to the little ones on Christmas Eve!
This was so heartwarming and wholesome!
I mean apart from the dragons, which I love forever and always, and apart from the fact that this is a Christmas book, I genuinely loved the fact that Santa's reindeers only enjoy 'biscuits and sponge cake with hot cups of tea'!!! I did enjoy that it was written in verse, as it flew so well both regarding the story but also when reading it out aloud which is how it is meant to be read in the first place.
And then at the end, the inclusion of the recipe for the Podgepickle stew was so so awesome! And vegan too! :D
Such a great book, I would definitely want to have it as a physical copy and read it to my little one that is yet to be born.
LOVED it and I highly recommend it for the little ones.
Just one remark I would like to mention: the text in the book should a be bit bigger and more pleasant for the eye because it was not that easy to read.
Thank you Netgalley for this book in exchange for an honest review!
A 4,5 star from me!
This is so much fun to read! I loved the drawings, and the story, and everything. It's the perfect one to read to your kids! It's adorable. The perfect Christmas read. Highly recommend.
Duffy the Christmassy Dragon by Kate Noble is a nice Christmas book for little ones to early elementary readers and listeners. The colorful illustrations are more paintings than anything. They are so beautiful you could frame each page. They tell the story perfectly as well. This is a story about Duffy the dragon as he helps Santa finish his work on Christmas Eve. Your child that enjoys Dragons will enjoy seeing Duffy and joining him in his story. If they want a sweet Christmas story then they will find it in this book too. Duffy is a sweet dragon and it is nice to see how his story unfolds with Santa. This rhyming story is immersive and Christmassy enough to read year after year.
This is such a delightful book. Duffy is called upon to help Santa with his delivery. The story is in rhyme and the illustrations are so colorful that they held the attention of my grandchildren, via video call, while I read it to them.
This will be included in my grandchildren's gift next Christmas.
I received this book from NetGalley and BooksGoSocial in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely loved this book! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. I am currently seeking out a copy to purchase!
An absolutely adorable Christmas story about Duffy the dragon. I am not one usually for Christmas kids books. But this one is a new Christmas favourite.
Written in rhyme this is a really cute story of how Duffy the dragon helps Santa on Christmas Eve. The illustrations are very well done in an appealing style. The story will hold a child’s interest and would be nice to read during the Christmas holiday. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Kate Noble, ably assisted by Kara Olson's beautiful illustrations, has written the perfect Christmas gift for children aged 3 to 8...although I must admit to being thoroughly smitten with it myself. Written in rhyme, which most children love, it tells the tale of Duffy, who is left at home by the King, whilst he goes on a short visit. Duffy is sad at being left behind but understands that some people think dragons are too big to be house pets. (I don't get this myself, as far as I'm concerned all dragons are welcome.)
Anyway Duffy has a huge meal, (recipe included at the end of the story - a thoughtful touch) and settles down with his two friends plus his teddy, for a good night's sleep. He is woken a short while later by none other than Santa Claus! Santa has a problem and needs Duffy's help. Needless to say Duffy saves the day. This book is destined to be a Christmas classic, it's beautifully written and illustrated and the story is guaranteed to provide a warm glow when shared with small children and grandchildren. Very, very highly recommended.
OK, honestly I'm in awe here. How could someone made a marvelous book for children that rhyme? I was taken to a snowy castle which had a dragon inside! And have a pretty imagination thanks to the illustrations that comes with. Though Christmas is still quite some months away, I can recommend you to grab this book for a present to kids in elementary school.