Lurking in every corner of the earth, from the deepest depths of the oceans, to the tips of the tallest mountains, even tucked beneath the very ground that you tread on, dragons watch and wait. They take many forms–sea monsters, serpents, wild cats, eagles, and they represent many different things; Gods to be revered, evil kings to be feared, wise friends, and fierce foes. So, when you accidentally step on a sinewy vine and it whips out from under your feet, or invisible forces gently fan warm air across your face, or the acrid smell of cinders pokes at the back of your throat, how will you know whether to stand and wonder, or run and hide?
Dragons have breathed fire into our minds since we could first imagine, but why do they exist in stories from every land in the world? Come in and explore Dragon World. Look into their lairs while they make shape-shifting mischief, playing with the weather and protecting earthly treasures. Soar across continents into tales as old as time. Prowl through the pages to discover rare dragon species. Find clues to track them and master how to draw them. Behold the earthly dragons of today!
Tamara Macfarlane is the owner of the award-winning Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop, Moon Lane Education, and Moon Lane Ink CIC. She has over 15 years’ experience working with children and schools and combines running the two bookshops with writing children’s books. She currently has series with Hodder, Simon and Schuster, Troika Books, and Puffin. Tamara has judged many high-profile book awards (Costa, British Book Award, Muslim Young Writers Award) and has given talks at Bath, Oxford, Sharjah, Chengdu, and Hay literary festivals. Whilst setting up Moon Lane Ink CIC in 2017, Tamara was mentored by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Social Ventures. She is part of a diversity steering group for Booktrust and has contributed to the Booksellers Association’s new diversity guide. Moon Lane Ink CIC is dedicated to raising equality in children’s Books: equality of access, representation, and roles in the publishing industry.
Alessandra Fusi was born in Rome in 1984, where she attended the IED Institute of Art and Design, graduating in Illustration and Multimedia Animation in 2006. Since then, she has worked as an illustrator of children’s books, puzzle games, and stationery products. As a painter, she has exhibited her work in various solo and collective art shows across Italy, Europe, and the United States. She has a true passion for animation and loves all things illustration, so she’s always learning new things, as well as teaching them, through the courses and workshops that she organizes for her cultural association Imagoblu, based in Bologna. Currently, she lives and works in Bologna, with her two loved ones: her boyfriend and her chubby ginger cat, Rino. She loves fairytales, tea, music, swing dancing, and cats (of course).