The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill is a children/middle-grade graphic novel. This review will be spoiler-free.
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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Cute. Heartwarming. Comforting.
Where can I get my own Tea Dragon? I want one so bad. They are absolutely adorable. I think my favorite is either Chamomile, Ginger, or Ginseng. But really I’ll take any of them. Tea Dragons can be difficult, but they are worth it!
This story was absolutely adorable. I was not expecting it to be as cute as it was. It sat on my bookshelf unread for a long time before I finally got around to picking it up. I am so glad that I did.
The characters are all unique with their own personalities and backgrounds. Greta is a goblin who is training to be a blacksmith. She has several lessons she needs to learn and throughout the course of the book she starts to understand what her mother was saying. I enjoyed watching her character grow as a person and realize what is really important in life.
Hesekiel, Minette, and Erik are all companions to the Tea Dragons. They are all drastically different, but they are bonded by that one thing.
I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. I can’t think of any reason why someone shouldn’t read this story.