THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: GRAPHIC NOVEL, CHILDRENS, FANTASY, QUEER (F/F), PROTAGONIST OF COLOUR
A charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.
I really love the style of the illustrations in The Tea Dragon Society. The outlines are almost invisible and the colouring is quite flat with few shadows. This gives the images a beautiful soft quality and fits perfectly with the sweet, soothing story.
The story is really lovely, as Greta and Minette learn more about the dragons and what they want from their future. The idea of the tea dragons themselves is very cute and original. Tea leaves grow on the dragons horns which are harvested and brewed into teas. As well as being tasty, the drinker gets to see some of the dragon’s memories. The books even has a cute little appendix about the types of dragon and their care.
A beautiful story with exquisite artwork.
I definitely want a tea dragon of my own now.