Allen & Unwin Australia
Imprint: Bloomsbury Child
Pub Date: August 2016
With the surfeit of cookery shows most children will have seen at least part of one if not actually The Great British Bake Off. And they may well also be familiar with Jamie Oliver.
Now they can meet Flamie Oliver who attends the Ferocious Dragon Academy. Flamie is invited to attend the academy because he is very FEROCIOUS and the academy is where all scary dragons go to hone their deadly skills. There is just one small problem. Flamie really doesn’t want to be ferocious nor practise deadly skills. His passion is pastry and all he really wants to do is cook.
In fact, he is so enthralled with perfecting his culinary art, that when finals arrive, he fails all his tests miserably. Miss Puffitup the Head is not at all pleased and sets Flamie an additional test to make up for his abysmal marks. He is to kidnap a princess and EAT her! Argghhhh!
Flamie has no problem with the kidnapping part but as for the eating – well, that’s clearly just not going to happen. For a start, he can’t even think what other ingredients would combine with princess flavour.
Together the kidnapped princess and Flamie arrive at a solution which has all the other dragons as well as Miss Puffitup dead impressed and Flamie has no need to fret about failing his Dastardly Dragon Skills Degree. He’s the new star pupil of Miss Puffitup’s Brillant Baking Academy!
This is a fun read for children as well as a great reminder that it’s ok to be different and that everyone has different talents and personalities.
Highly recommended for young readers from around 5 years up