Dilwyn the Welsh Dragon

by | Jan 23, 2021 | Book Review, Fiction, Picture Book

Dilwyn the Welsh Dragon cover

Book Details

Dilwyn the Welsh Dragon
Samuel Langley-Swain, illus. Jessica Rose. London: Owlet Press and The Royal Mint, pb 978 1 9133 3915 9, 2020, £7.99, 32pp.
Picture book, fiction, 3-5 years

Dilwyn is born among the coins – gold coins – being produced by the Royal Mint. He becomes the mascot and given his name Dilwyn which means truth. 

He is soon able to repay the care he has received when a pair of dastardly burglars attempt to rob the Mint.

A cheerful, undemanding rhyming text brings this little story to life accompanied by the colourful lively illustrations from Jessica Rose. The action wraps round facts about how coins are minted and bringing to the attention of young minds the existence of the Royal Mint now based in Wales since the 1960s.

In a world where electronic payments are becoming the norm, coins will still exist and be important and Dilwyn – a red dragon – is there to uphold the honour of Wales. A charming story combining fact and fantasy.

Review by FMH

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