“The Book Key and The Lost Dragon” by Chrissy Irwin

“The Book Key and The Lost Dragon” by Chrissy Irwin 663 1024 Reader Views Kids

The Book Key and The Lost Dragon  

Chrissy Irwin
Independently Published (2023)
ISBN: 979-8989352708
Reviewed by Kassia Scotti for Reader Views (01/2024)

Chrissy Irwin’s “The Book Key and The Lost Dragon” takes Judy on a whirlwind adventure in a world with fairies, dragons, and talking worm companions. When we first meet Judy, she is having trouble focusing in school. She doesn’t find much enjoyment in reading, despite her mother’s love of books. The day before her birthday, her mother gives her a key that allows her to transport her mind into books so that Judy can live the story herself. In discovering this, Judy goes on a wonderful adventure.

The title of this book was the first thing that captured my attention. I was immediately invested in finding out what the book key was and how a dragon would show up in the story. Judy’s struggle to focus made me feel for her. It’s something a lot of children struggle with, as well as something I struggle with to this day. When Judy received the book key, it was a great way to show that she was about to experience reading in a new way.

The grammar and syntax is a bit confusing at times. The story is narrated in the third person, but sometimes when Judy has a thought, it switches to the first person. The addition of “she thinks” did help differentiate, but without something like italics or separation of these moments from the third person paragraphs, her thoughts muddle with the narrative. These small moments of confusion are unfortunate because, like Judy, I loved getting lost in that world.

The setting and characters are also really great. I loved all the beautiful things described, like the purple magic on the trees. I enjoyed the friends that Judy made along the way. Dot was a great companion to give Judy someone to talk to at every step of the journey. There were moments when I wanted Dot to have more answers to Judy’s questions. Some stayed unanswered, and I think Dot could’ve been an amazing device to inform readers of information that can be hard to incorporate naturally.

Irwin does a lovely job at imagery and descriptions. The edition I read had no color, but everything was described vividly enough that I didn’t feel I was missing out! I wish everyone had a special book key, but we can still make books come alive in our heads. Chrissy Irwin takes this concept and gives it life by putting Judy in the story and allowing readers to join her in finding the magic of reading in “The Book Key and The Lost Dragon.”

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