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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Meet Miki the baby dragon in Miki and the Human Baby by Karen Avril. He is one of the few dragons left on the planet. At some point, dragons outnumbered humans, but not so anymore. Humans are continually increasing while dragons seem to decrease in number. There are some things that fascinate dragons concerning humans, yet there are others that Miki and his folks find revolting. Teeth, for example, seem to be a big deal to the baby dragon. He finds them particularly interesting. Still, humans’ bad smell, lack of scales and wings is totally appalling to the young dragon. On one of his escapades, Miki picks up a bad scent in the air. At first, he doesn’t seem to know where the terrible smell could be coming from. He soon realizes that it is coming from the baby human behind the rock! Fascinated by the tiny thing, Miki decides to take him home, but will he be able to keep the baby hidden from his keen, watchful mother?
Miki and the Human Baby by Karen Avril is a compelling tale that is deftly told in a simple language that will resonate with any young reader. Avril’s skill is unmatched as she incorporates different scenes and powerful characters that make the plot interesting and engaging. Similarly, Charity Russel, the illustrator, does a wonderful job. Miki and the Human Baby is filled with beautiful, thought-provoking and humorous images so that without Russel’s creativity the story would not be the same. Miki and the Human Baby by Karen Avril contains a valuable lesson touching on coexistence. Simply beautiful and thrilling!