Title: Dewi and the Seeds of Doom
Author: Maggie Lyons
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Recommended Age: 6+
About the Book
When Dewi is clobbered by a falling rat, the nosy Welsh dragon snoops his way into a challenging predicament. Helped by a toad with a passion for chemical wart cures, Dewi discovers that a megalomaniac baron is secretly breeding mutant corn at an unfriendly castle. To thwart the genetically modified-corn baron’s sickening plan, he must use moxie and firepower in a series of catastrophe-skirting capers.
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I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
Dewi and the Seeds of Doom is a children’s fantasy about Dewi, a young Welsh dragon, who saves a rat and learns from the rat that there is an evil baron who has an evil plot. Dewi is afraid to tell his dad about it so he enlists the help of his friend, a toad named Jones, who is a scientist. The two of them attempt to get evidence to prove to the adults that there is an evil plot brewing at the Castle Gloomsgor.
Maggie Lyons’ writing flows well and is easy to read, but not too easy. There are a couple animals mentioned, such as a vole, that I hadn’t heard of but I think it’s great that there are a couple words that children may have to look up while they’re reading.
The story is cute with nonstop action and even a little suspense. The only thing I missed was pictures. I think a few pictures here and there of Dewi, the castle, Jones, etc., would make the book even better for chilren to read. Despite the absence of pictures, I believe children would enjoy Dewi and the Seeds of Doom.
About The Author
Maggie Lyons was born in Wales and very properly brought up in England before gravitating to Virginia’s coast. She zigzagged her way through a motley slew of careers from (unofficial) British spy to academic editor. Writing and editing nonfiction for adults brought plenty of satisfaction but nothing like the magic she discovered writing for kids. Her children’s books Vin and the Dorky Duet (for ages 7 through 12) and Dewi and the Seeds of Doom (for ages 6 through 10) are available on order at most book stores including Amazon.