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Hattie B, Magical Vet: The Dragon's Song
on 5 August 2014
Hattie Bright is a ten year old girl who is having a disappointing birthday. Her parents are busy vets and rush off to work without even seeming to remember her special day. Her teenage brother Peter is, obviously, in his room (where all teenagers lurk) and even her best friend Chloe seems to have deserted her. However, what starts out as a disaster improves when a magical present arrives on the doorstep. Suddenly, Hattie is falling through into the magical land of Bellua, where her Uncle B appears. He has been the guardian of this beautiful place and it is time for him to hand over his guardianship to Hattie.
Her first patient is a tiny pink dragon called Mith Ickle, who has lost her voice and her fire. With the use of a magical book and a map, Hattie must head into this most surprising land - full of magical creatures such as unicorns, trolls and fairies - and help to make her new friend better. However, Bellua is under danger from the evil Ivar, King of the Imps, who wantsto become the Supreme Rulerof the Kingdom of Bellua. He is collecting power from the magical creatures and Mith Ickle is his first victim. It is Hattie's job to help save not only Mith Ickle (a terrible pun and an irritating name to read aloud...) but Bellua itself.
This is obviously the first book in a series and, as such, the main purpose of the book is to introduce the characters and places that Hattie will visit - both at home and as the new Guardian. I felt some of the story was a little rushed. Uncle B suddenly appeared, for example, threw Hattie in at the deep end and then disappeared. On the plus side, this will appeal to children who enjoy magical lands. animals and my daughter liked the character of Hattie - who was a strong and brave little girl. This is not the best book I have read to my daughter and felt a little formulaic in places, but it has the possibility of developing into an interesting series with lots of exciting adventures ahead for Hattie.