REVIEW: Kitty and Dragon by Meika Hashimoto
When Kitty looks for the perfect home, she makes an unlikely best friend—Dragon! From Epic! Originals, Kitty and Dragon is a lovable early reader series about finding true friendship when you least expect it.
Book 1 of this early reader series features three adorable stories about Kitty and Dragon—best friends, even when one of them is snoring, being messy, or having a sad day. Even though they are quite different from one another, Kitty and Dragon have learned that there’s nothing better than being together, just the way they are.
Meika Hashimoto has written and Gillian Reid has illustrated three adorable short stories about pals Kitty and Dragon. When Kitty decides the barn is too noisy for her, she goes looking for a new home. Everyone warns her that the dragon is fierce and has claws but Kitty isn’t afraid. In fact, when she gets to Dragon’s cave, he’s delighted to get a new friend. He makes her a rug and brings her milk. In return, Kitty trims those long claws and chases away the mice (Dragons are afraid of mice). The two take care of each other when they’re sick (reading “Caring for Kitties with Colds” and “Caring for Dragons with Colds”), brewing some nice tea (served in a cat mug) and fixing delicious noodle soup. When Kitty gets frustrated with Dragon’s messiness (he doesn’t clean his dirty dishes and leaves toothpaste on the mirror), she tries to fix it but first asks Dragon’s permission to spritz him with a drop of magic potion. Kitty is polite that way. When she discovers she likes Dragon the way he was, they work together to keep things clean.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and cute. The little touches like the “Mew, Mew Tissue” box are fun to spot and their developing friendship is a joy. I’d love to see further Kitty and Dragon stories. A