Don't Ask the Dragon

Lemn Sissay

Don't Ask the Dragon by Lemn Sissay (Hardback ISBN 9781838853983) book cover

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24 February 2022

The first children’s book from number one bestselling author, poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay, beautifully illustrated throughout

This is the story of a little boy called Alem who goes on an adventure.

It’s his birthday, but who knows where he can go to celebrate it?

Maybe the bear, the fox, the treefrog or the bulldog know?

But don’t ask the dragon … or he will EAT you!


“A lovely book, simple and yet profound. There should be a copy in every nursery”
Jacqueline Wilson

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“A stunning new rhyming folk tale for our time, about someone who wonders where is home. The answer is surprising but it tells us all, from the youngest reader to the oldest that you can find home so long as you’ve got friends. It’s moving, loveable and philosophical, in other words, great mind-soup!”
Michael Rosen

“Lemn’s dragon is one we all need to meet, want to meet. A dragon with kind teeth, a friend-dragon. A Lemn-dragon! We have grandchildren who will love it. Grandpa loved it too”
Michael Morpurgo

“The story is perfectly matched by the wonderful illustrations and I love the message of home being inside you”
Malorie Blackman, Author Of Noughts And Crosses

“A lovely celebration of friendship and belonging, perfect for reading out loud”
Cerrie Burnell


Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay OBE is a BAFTA-nominated, bestselling and award-winning writer and broadcaster. His 2019 memoir My Name Is Why was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. His Landmark poems are visible in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. Sissay was awarded an MBE in 2010, the PEN Pinter Prize in 2019 and an OBE for services to literature and charity in 2021. He is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. He is British and Ethiopian.
@lemnsissay | lemnsissay.com

Greg Stobbs is an illustrator, street artist and visual development artist from the South East, with an overactive imagination. He has previously worked with the BBC, CBeebies, Urban Outfitters and John Lewis.
@gregstobbs_illustration | @squirlart