This story was originally released as a webcomic, which can be found by following this link. You should definitely go check it out. I’ll wait. No, but seriously go check it out. I don’t mind if you get lost and forget to come back here! I know I’ve gotten lost in the world and art of Katie O’Neill’s fabulous work 🙂
Hey, glad you came back! Now that you have explored a bit (or perhaps even all) of The Tea Dragon Society, I want to tell you why I fell so deeply in love with this magical slice of awesome. Obviously, the art and concept really spoke to me, but once you dig deeper, you find that there are several layers to explore. I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t discovered them, so let’s just say that the diversity and inclusion were presented as natural and constant. Neither were plot points, but accepted by the inhabitants without reproach.
I think my only regret is that this book is so short. I guess that just means that I’ll have to be on the lookout for more from Katie in the future.
Besides following the webcomic, I did receive an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which did not affect my honesty in any way.
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, 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.