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A joyful new picture book by the award-winning Steve Antony, creator of the bestselling Please Mr Panda. A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing - just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity. The perfect platform to start conversations about the importance of understanding and acceptance. Steve Antony is the winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

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11th May '19
I read it myself (an adult) & to Lewxo aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
The sweetest story with a beautiful meaning! 
I loved it
16th May '19
I read it to alex1 aged 4 aged 4 & to anthonty1 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This book is awesome! My 4year old twins took turns reading this story about a little boy and his pet dragon. They loved it so much they have also taken it into school and their whole class is now reading it! It is perfect for little minds that are just learning to read.  The illistrations are great - big, bright and colorful with plenty of detail to catch a youngsters eye. tThis story had already become a firm favorite in our house.
9th June '19
I read it to EGW aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
We enjoyed reading this story. This story focused on a child who is a wheelchair user, however his story did not focus on the childs disability, but focused upon the positives about friendship. 
13th May '19
I read it to ThePBBNursery aged 2 to 5
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5 stars
This story truly is Amazing! It follows a young boy who just happens to have a pet dragon! I know... how cool is that?! The very young dragon is called Zibbo and together, they like to do all sorts of things that best friends do - dance at parties, read at the library, sail in their 'pirate ship', raid the fridge for snacks... They even teach each other amazing skills like flying and 'roaring' really loudly! 
Sometimes Zibbo does things that he shouldn't do, mischievous things, but everyone loves him just the way he is. 
With Zibbo by his side, the boy knows that anything is possible because they will always believe in each other. 
This book has an uplifting and thoroughly relevant message for the littl'uns of today. It is also fantastic because the main character happens to use a wheelchair. Now this detail doesn't make any difference to the story. In fact, this isn't mentioned at all, but the fact that a child using a wheelchair is featured in the story is arguably the most important part of the book. For children who have additional needs, it is sadly rare to see book characters that they can relate to. The nursery class noticed that the story featured a child using a wheelchair, and related this to a child that they know very well, but after pointing it out, everyone enjoyed listening to the story as usual. Seeing a group of children that reflect them more accurately had an 'Amazing' effect on the class - they now notice more often when other books don't do this! The illustrations were fab because the pupils liked to guess what Zibbo would do next - "I think Zibbo's going to blow out the candles", "What if he blows fire instead?" (Two 4-year olds discussing Zibbo's antics).
14th May '19
I read it to Pre-schoolA aged 2 to 4
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5 stars
Amazing is a fantastic book about a little boy and his pet and best friend Zibbo who is always having fun and supporting the little boy to achieve his dreams. I think this is a great thing for the children to see as it shows them that they can do anything if they want to and having a supportive friend is great encouragement. Although the book focuses on a little boy in a wheelchair until it was brought up by an adult the children didn't even say anything and the book doesn't mention it either. I think this is really great as it doesn't need to be a big talking point as the most important factor of the book is that it's got a very diverse range of characters. I think it's important for books to reflect the society we live in as it'll help them be more accepting and understanding of people that look different to them even if it isn't mentioned in the text and sadly, although it is becoming more common, books aren't all as diverse as they should be. With the wide range of characters this book is a brilliantly diverse book and has some fantastic illustrations. The children loved the illustrations and particularly seeing Zibbo having fun and sometimes getting up to mischief! The thing they enjoyed most was looking for Zibbo in each of the illustrations and it amused them to see what he was up to. Their favourite was the basketball and they found this the funniest thing with one child saying "oh no, his tails too sharp, he's popped the ball!" This is such a brilliant book that includes diversity in such a subtle but effective way. The children were really happy being read this book and seeing the little boy and Zibbo's adventures and one which will hopefully inspire them to follow their dreams just like Zibbo does for the little boy (and the little boy back!)
23rd May '19
I read it to DFK aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
I loved the time sharing this book with our book mad Daisy (4) and loved the depiction of the main character, the friendships throughout, and the unusual pet dragon. However, this book failed to hold my daughter's full interest, despite the full page illustrations and the movement depicted in them. A sweet story with valuable messages from an adults perspective, but mild boredom from my daughter.
20th May '19
I read it to myka aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
I thought this was a lovely little story - it was really inclusive. The main character is in a wheelchair, but I loved that there was little / no reference to this being different at all. I will use it to help my daughter understand difference is positive not negative. The story itself is sweet, with the little boy having a dragon as a best friend (who gets in to a bit of trouble!). My 2 year old didn't really engage with the story at her age, so I think it's better for slightly older children. A really nice book nonetheless that I'm glad we have on our shelf!
12th June '19
I read it to Jack2788 aged 4 aged 4
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3 stars
A book about a little boy and his best friend who is a dragon. Not one of jack’s favourites, the story felt a little forced and didn’t flow as well as it could. Lovely illustrations.
17th May '19
I read it to SuperAteam2 aged 3 aged 3
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3 stars
Amazing is about a boy and his pet dragon. It doesn’t focus on individuals physical differences, but from the illustrations you can see the main character is in a wheelchair. The story is about what the main character, his pet dragon and their friends are good at, not so good at and how they are all different. I read this to my daughter who loves me reading to her, but she wasn’t as excited as usual by the story or the illustrations.  The book proved to be a nice starter to a discussion about what my daughter is good at, what I’m good at and her Dad and sister, and how we’re all different but love each other lots. So, although the story is ok, the conversation it prompted was great. Unfortunately, it won’t be a firm favourite with us though. 
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About Steve Antony

Steve Antony is an award winning, bestselling children's book writer and illustrator based in Swindon in the UK. His 2014 debut, The Queen's Hat, won the Oscar's First Book Prize, was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for a clutch of awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Steve's other books includePlease Mr Panda, whic...

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