Look Out It's a Dragon!

2018 Picture Book Shortlist

So here it is...

the NSTBA 2018 Picture Book Shortlist.


Almost Anything    Sophy Henn

Puffin     ISBN: 978-0141385471

Read the long list review here.


Fairy Tale Pets    Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin

Little Tiger    ISBN: 978-1848694422

You can read the long list review here.


Goat's Coat   Tom Percival, illustrated by Christine Pym

Bloomsbury    ISBN: 978-1408881026

You can read the long list review here.


Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN:  978-1848698215

You can read the long list review here.


Lulu Gets a Cat     Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Alanna Books    ISBN: 978-1907825163

You can read the long list review here.


Cyril and Pat     Emily Gravett

Two Hoots       ISBN: 978-1509857272

You can read the long list review here.

Congratulations to all! The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 10th November. 

LONG LIST REVIEW: Look Out! It's A Dragon.


Saffi is not like other dragons. Crushing castles and capturing princesses are not her hobbies. What she is looking for is a pretty woodland home, full of flowers. When she finds her perfect home, the locals are not too friendly- because she's a dragon! Although she tries to convince them she has no dragony intentions, they misinterpret her actions and demand that she leaves.

When a real threat to their safety arrives, however, it is Saffi who leaps into action and saves the day, proving real friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Showing how quick we can be to judge others and make assumptions based on appearance or stereotypes, 'Look Out! It's a Dragon' is a gem of a story, which opens up many discussions about tolerance and acceptance. With a cast of strong characters, it lends itself to role play and the creation of further adventures for this lovely gang in their new home.

The illustrations are a real joy. Set against white backgrounds, the colours of the pictures really shine through and could inspire some fabulous art work in class, using marbled, textured and other papers to create cut outs and collages. 

Beautifully illustrated with fabulous characters, 'Look Out, It's A Dragon!' to sure to be a firm favourite of storytime at home and at school.

Look Out, It's A Dragon!       Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN:  978-1848698215

You can read another review of this book here.

You can read our review of 'The Only Lonely Panda' here, Little Why here and Tiger, Tiger here.


Look Out, It's a Dragon!


Oi! Knobbly knickers! You can't stay here!

Saffi isn't like other dragons. She has no interest in all the normal dragony pursuits. What she's looking for is a sunny, woodland home and lots of friends. However, making friends isn't easy when you breathe fire and everyone thinks you're going to eat them! 

How will Saffi ever convince the other animals that she can be trusted and would make the best kind of friend?


This is such a lovely story! The colourful illustrations stand out perfectly against the crisp white backgrounds, making it instantly appealing. Each character is full of personality from tiny Mouse to Saffi herself.


'Look Out, It's a Dragon!' shows how prejudice colours how we see each other. The woodland animals are scared of Saffi because she is a dragon- a fire-breathing, home squashing, lumbering beastie- and they are not prepared to share their home with her. Assuming all dragons are the same, they will not give her a chance. Despite their unkindness, Saffi still comes to the rescue, showing true friendship to those in need. 


It would be wonderful to see more stories about Saffi and her friends (particularly Mouse!) and how they tackle other situations- jealousy perhaps or feeling left out. 'Look Out, It's a Dragon' is perfect for using in class as there is so much potential for discussion and the wonderful illustrations could inspire lots of art work. An absolute treasure!

Look Out, It's a Dragon   by Jonny Lambert

Little Tiger    ISBN: 978-1848698215

Published 8th February 2018

You can read our review of 'Little Why' here and 'Tiger. Tiger'   here