Book Review & Giveaway: Dragons are Real by Valarie Budayr



About the Book


Title: Dragons are Real
Author: Valarie Budayr
Illustrator: Michael Welply
Publisher: Audrey Press
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32

Book Description

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

My Review

2016-05-09_1050I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

What a great book for children! It’s about dragons actually being real and tells all the great things they like to do such as read, recite poetry, and hide in plain sight. It encourages children to use their imaginations.

The vibrant colors in this book will keep the attention of all ages. I really like the picture of the cover that looks like the cover of a very old leather book. 

I definitely recommend this book. It will make you want to go find a dragon to befriend.

 Available on Amazon.

About the Author



Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website,

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day , #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas.

Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

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About the Illustrator


Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.


Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

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3 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Dragons are Real by Valarie Budayr

  1. Stacie Theis May 11, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing your review. I really like the way the cover looks like an old book that could possibly be full of magical secrets. I also agree that the illustrations are wonderful. Happy to have you on the tour.


    • sleepygirl2 May 11, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      I think I might have to buy one of these for my great nephew. He’s not quite old enough for dragons but when he is I’m sure he’ll love this book!


  2. Valarie Budayr (@JumpIntoABook1) May 13, 2016 / 6:19 am

    THANK YOU for such a delightful review of Dragons! I love this line, “I definitely recommend this book. It will make you want to go find a dragon to befriend.” will! 🙂


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