Channel 30 Interview

Linda Drattell was interviewed by CTV30 about her children’s book, “Who Wants to be Friends With a Dragon?” and her upcoming poetry chapbook, “Remember This Day. “

Interview Summary

She describes what motivated her to write the two books, how her hearing loss has affected her writing, and the messages she hopes people will glean from her story and poems. She discusses themes in her writing such as self-isolation when we are different, compassion for others, our desire to remain independent throughout our lives, and thoughts surrounding our will to survive: the fear of surviving a loved one, the guilt of surviving a terror attack, and the struggle to survive against forces of nature.

Recent Reviews

Impressively original, exceptionally charming, fully entertaining, and with an important message about the importance of the acceptance of difference for children ages 5-8, "Who Wants to be Friends With a Dragon?" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers.

Midwest Book Review

This book is an awesome, welcome addition to my little children’s library. Should be picked up by therapists, teachers, parents and grandparents if they want their children to learn to accept and socialize with other children different from them. Couldn’t ask for a better book to share with my little friends.

Amazon Customer

The story follows a timid dragon that wishes to leave his current world and make new acquaintances. The book can be used to teach children about not being judgmental of others and how a single act of kindness can go a long way toward building great relationships.

Nothing But Picture Books

"There are multiple teachable moments within “Who Wants To Be Friends With A Dragon” for parents and teachers to expand upon. I believe this book will make an exceptional addition to any school, church, daycare, or family library."

Read Reviews Kids

Linda Drattell’s latest poetry collection is a reflection born out of resilience… tenacity, healing, dealing with unexpected trials and contemplating the wonder of everyday life… Her poems honor the precious bonds with loved ones …I like to revisit her words, to savor them in silence or share them…

Julia Hone