The Tea Dragon Society
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

The Tea Dragon Society Details

TitleThe Tea Dragon Society
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherOni Press
ISBN-139781620104415
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade, Dragons, Lgbt

The Tea Dragon Society Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.One word: marvelous.I can’t think of a single reason why you should not read this cute graphic novel. Actually, I can only think of reasons why you should, because it’s that adorable and wondrous. It’s about Greta, a little girl who finds a dragon in need of help. She later discovers it’s a tea dragon and learns more about them as well as the art of making tea itself. Dragons! They are so little and charming I want one myself. Granted, they do not play that grand of a role, seeing that 4.5 stars.One word: marvelous.I can’t think of a single reason why you should not read this cute graphic novel. Actually, I can only think of reasons why you should, because it’s that adorable and wondrous. It’s about Greta, a little girl who finds a dragon in need of help. She later discovers it’s a tea dragon and learns more about them as well as the art of making tea itself. Dragons! They are so little and charming I want one myself. Granted, they do not play that grand of a role, seeing that they are unable to talk and this is a pretty quiet story about discovering and appreciating history and culture. But without the dragons this would be banal.I sincerely wonder where Katie O’Neill got her inspiration from, because I had never heard of making tea out of the leaves growing atop the heads of dragons before. How peculiar and enchanting!This is perfect for children, although I must admit the word ‘‘stupid’’ is mentioned. I have to say I prefer young kids not to be exposed to such words in their reads, but that’s me. Otherwise, this is wonderful and I hope everyone reads it.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    hello this is the best little book in the whole entire universe can i please have 20 more books set in this world plz
  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    A fantasy world where tea leaves grow on tiny dragons and kids pootle around. No, I don’t see a story there either!! Just because a book is aimed at youngsters, doesn’t mean it should get away with being boring and inane. Honestly: NOTHING happens in The Tea Dragon Society! A couple kids become friends, a pair of adults relate how they met and everyone sits about drinking tea. What was the point of this book – “love is nice”?! There’s some half-hearted piffle towards the end about sort of pickin A fantasy world where tea leaves grow on tiny dragons and kids pootle around. No, I don’t see a story there either!! Just because a book is aimed at youngsters, doesn’t mean it should get away with being boring and inane. Honestly: NOTHING happens in The Tea Dragon Society! A couple kids become friends, a pair of adults relate how they met and everyone sits about drinking tea. What was the point of this book – “love is nice”?! There’s some half-hearted piffle towards the end about sort of picking your own destiny that’s unimpressive to say the least. The sheer amount of vapidity is stunning. The art is very pretty – neat and skilful if derivative of anime-style – though it’s a little too cutesy for its own good. The characters couldn’t be blander and what I’ll call the story, for want of a better word, is unmemorable tosh. Katie O’Neill’s mindless book is indicative of the overall lack of quality among most of this year’s Eisner Award Winners. There are kids books out there that are imaginative, entertaining and actually about something - see the work of Raymond Briggs, Vera Brosgol, Herge, Goscinny and Uderzo, and Faith Erin Hicks, to name some - but The Tea Dragon Society ain’t one of them!
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    This is a cute Middle grade graphic novel about Tea Dragons. Tea Dragons are small counterparts to full size dragons and they can't take care of themselves. They also grow tea leaves out of their heads like Chamomile or Ginseng, etc. These leaves are special and magic.The art is lovely and a little like anime. The story is good and simple. I wanted more development. I did enjoy this little read.I would like to see more of this world.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    7/21/18 update: The Tea Dragon Society is the winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Publication for kids 9-12! Yay, Katie O'Neill!12/14/17: I admit I have not yet read Princess Princess Ever After, also from Katie O’Neill (I know! Where was I when the fairy dust was handed out?!). But I am on the bandwagon at last, following the story of blacksmith apprentice Greta in the world of tea dragons (What do you mean you don’t know what a tea dragon is?!). Well, you like tea parties, right?! And you 7/21/18 update: The Tea Dragon Society is the winner of the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Publication for kids 9-12! Yay, Katie O'Neill!12/14/17: I admit I have not yet read Princess Princess Ever After, also from Katie O’Neill (I know! Where was I when the fairy dust was handed out?!). But I am on the bandwagon at last, following the story of blacksmith apprentice Greta in the world of tea dragons (What do you mean you don’t know what a tea dragon is?!). Well, you like tea parties, right?! And you like dragons, right? so, perfect, there are certain dragons, tea dragons, from which you get tea dragon tea leaves (What?! You can’t be serious! You aren’t going to tell me you don’t know where tea dragon leaves come from?! From the horns and antlers, silly, where else, duh??!)Anyhow, Greta has this like friend, Minette, and they are very different but they are still good friends, and there’s this like tea dragon shop owned by these two gay guys Hesekiel and Erik. Yes, of COURSE you can form your own Tea Dragon Society—ooooooh!—with all your friends, yay! (This is ALL about the queering of the fairy tale, kids, with disabilities, colors, and sexual orientations.) And ev’ry illustration is A-DOR-A-BLE, ‘course! And I know what you’re thinking: Might Greta and Minette be more than friends, like Hesekiel and Erik!? Ooooh! We’ll just have to wait and see!Blacksmiths? My grandfather, whose last name was Kuyper (or Cooper, or metal-worker) was a blacksmith, for a time, so I was in from page one! Anyway, in this book, blacksmiths were once as important as magicians, as they forged swords and stuff, in the old days. So: traditions, from the Old Days, awesome!The question is: How can we hold fast to traditions (like blacksmithing and tea dragon care!) in a world that is changing SO FAST? Read on, I say! There’s not a lot of plot here, but who needs it?! There is way much energy and colors and feels and sweetness to sustain you, if you need these kinds of things, and who doesn’t?!And there’s like this cool appendix with info on tea dragon care and societies and different kinda tea dragons--like Jasmine, Peppermint or Chamomile! And the info pages are set up almost already in the form of Tea Dragon TRADING CARDS: I know! Ooooh!! Coming soon! So awesome!But seriously, I do think it is cute. I am NOT making fun of it! I have a ten-year-old daughter who loves this!! But watch out: You recall what happened when the Teletubbies came on the Scene? Watch out, world! You want a tea dragon now, too, I can definitely tell!
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  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    THAT WAS SO CUTE OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH!Yes, I do realise I can't just say that and leave you.This story is mostly about taking the time to remember the old ways, remembering them and honouring them because they deserve the recognition.It's also about letting go of the past because sometimes trying to hold on to it is hurting you, and you don't deserve the pain, you deserve new and happy memories with people who love you deeply.It's about finding your people, feeling at home with them and not car THAT WAS SO CUTE OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH!Yes, I do realise I can't just say that and leave you.This story is mostly about taking the time to remember the old ways, remembering them and honouring them because they deserve the recognition.It's also about letting go of the past because sometimes trying to hold on to it is hurting you, and you don't deserve the pain, you deserve new and happy memories with people who love you deeply.It's about finding your people, feeling at home with them and not caring if your life isn't exactly what you had plained it to be, because it's still a good life.I loved the art, it's probably my favourite art style ever, it's absolutely beautiful - I loved the way the tea dragons were done.I would seriously recommend this graphic novel to everybody, you just need it in your life.4.75Thank you Netgalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book made me want to have my own tea dragon! I love this book so much from the story up to how beautifully drawn the illustrations were! Even though the story is short, readers will definitely enjoy the drawings and yes, even those tea dragons!
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  • Fafa's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: One and Done.
  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I LOVED THIS SO MUCHMy only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! The illustrations are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen and it is a lovely story on top of that.It is about friendship and love across ages, genders, and statuses. It deals with having responsibility and carrying on traditions. I especially loved the dragon descriptions at the end! I just want one so bad.
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  • Cam (abookeater)
    January 1, 1970
    A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was so glad to see this on the Read Now section because I'd seen it around on Good reads and it looked perfect for me. I was not wrong.This short graphic novel is magical, soothing and beautiful. I loved the diversity of the characters in terms of skin color, disabilities and sexual orientations. Everything was so subtle yet wonderful; I felt immediately at peace while reading it. It's unlike anything I've e A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was so glad to see this on the Read Now section because I'd seen it around on Good reads and it looked perfect for me. I was not wrong.This short graphic novel is magical, soothing and beautiful. I loved the diversity of the characters in terms of skin color, disabilities and sexual orientations. Everything was so subtle yet wonderful; I felt immediately at peace while reading it. It's unlike anything I've ever read before with it's melancholic atmosphere and beautiful and colorful artwork.I hope to see much more from this author!
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  • Amina
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic novel is about the importance of keeping traditions in a fast changing world. Greta, a little girl learning the art of blacksmithing finds a little lost tea dragon, as she took him back to his owner, she discovers a new traditionnal art and a new culture and of course, she develops new friendships with wonderful people.The illustrations were amazing, very colourful and very alive, and of course, the best one are the tea dragons (they will make you squeak !)
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  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    January 1, 1970
    This is so beautiful and soothing. Every page is intricately laid out, with tons of little detailing. I would be happy to have any spread in this framed and hung on my wall.
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    January 1, 1970
    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...In the enchanting world of The Tea Dragon Society, Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, rescues a tea dragon and learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care. Seeing her interest kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik introduce her to their craft and through her friendship with their ward Minette she learns how worthwhile it is to her own life.Oh the illustrations!! TO. DIE. FOR!! Incredible, really... They totally brou Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...In the enchanting world of The Tea Dragon Society, Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, rescues a tea dragon and learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care. Seeing her interest kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik introduce her to their craft and through her friendship with their ward Minette she learns how worthwhile it is to her own life.Oh the illustrations!! TO. DIE. FOR!! Incredible, really... They totally brought the world to life for me... I love graphic art like this with the sharp lines softened with the pastel colors. I LOVED Greta!! She actually was responsible for maintaining the blacksmith craft of her mother as well. Such a young person is hard to find and I loved her example. Minette had a rich back story that I wanted to learn a ton more about. Greta helps Minette purely through her friendship and being aware of how she could help! And you can't leave out Hesekiel and Erik who are the best tea dragon owners... what a lovely couple too, I loved learning about their past together! The diversity of the characters was quite well done and I think more readers will be pleased with that aspect...AND THE TEA DRAGONS!! SO ADORABLE!! I COULD CAP LOCK ABOUT THEM FOR PARAGRAPHS!! I CAN DISTILL EVERYTHING DOWN TO THESE WORDS: I WANT ONE!As a graphic novel, of course the weakest part of the volume was the story, relationships and the chapter endings. I'm not saying a page of it was bad or not thought out. It's just the format limits what you can show and there was A LOT of time covered in this single volume.The book is divided up by seasons and there is a little bit of story for each one. It was a great way to show the passage of time if you were going to cover a whole year in one go. The relationships were all adorable but rather shallow. I can see why Greta and Minette were friends and I could see why Hesekiel and Erik were in love even if none of this is explored at length. But why did Hesekiel and Erik like Greta? Why did Greta enjoy going over there? What were the relationships like between tea dragon and owner? SOO much more to explore that wasn't. I have a feeling that Greta and Minette are meant to go the way of Hesekiel and Erik and become friend lovers and I don't mind that at all but I WANT TO SEE THAT LOVE BLOOM!! I don't want to simply show them deciding to be together.The plot there was is quite good. I don't mind at all that this is a gentle story and had no battles or angst or bullying to speak of. I do expect though for there to be growth and learning. No one reading this can expect to learn a thing from it if it doesn't mirror their own lives in some way. I get the message that skin color and sexual preference doesn't matter but if that is the sum total of the message then it's hard for kids in our day and age to relate! Greta thought about how she wants to preserve both tea dragons and blacksmithing. Both will take some dedication and I wish this were talked about more. Minette can't just sit in that cabin doing nothing... that's not living! I wish this had been touched upon in some way. I did like however how Hesekiel and Erik having to give up adventuring and even why they adventured together in the first place... was used as a message of its own. We need to sacrifice for those we love! That's not a bad thing or a reason to break up but makes our relationships stronger! Very lovely gentle message!!Overall, I hope that there is more coming from the land of the Tea Dragons! Either in other characters in the same world or further delving into a more plot like story with Greta and Minette! An actual adventure would make me quite happy! Also more to do with the tea dragons please!! They can become a part of the story rather than just props in the world.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Leads⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Others⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ DevelopmentBOTTOM LINE: You will fall in love with the Tea Dragons!!Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...
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  • ❈ laura ❈
    January 1, 1970
    “Memories don't just live inside you, Minette. They live in all the people and objects you share your life with.” ✰✰✰✰This story revolves around Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, when she discovers a lost tea dragon. She returns it to her owner and she learns about the art form of tea dragon, while she befriends him, his partner and Minette, a shy girl with a past.I think after reading this that Katie O'Neill is one of my favorite graphic novelist right know, her stories are so pure and soft and “Memories don't just live inside you, Minette. They live in all the people and objects you share your life with.” ✰✰✰✰This story revolves around Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, when she discovers a lost tea dragon. She returns it to her owner and she learns about the art form of tea dragon, while she befriends him, his partner and Minette, a shy girl with a past.I think after reading this that Katie O'Neill is one of my favorite graphic novelist right know, her stories are so pure and soft and sweet you have to smile while reading them. Plus, this graphic novel is full of diversity (like all Katie's work): there's a m/m relationship, there's hinted that Greta and Minette have a crush on each other, all of them are people of color... [heart eyes] it made me so happy to read. I would totally recommend reading anything she writes.You can read the comic online here: http://teadragonsociety.com/comic/cha...
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    The Tea Dragon Society is an absolutely stunning graphic novel and now I really want my own tea dragon!The illustrations in this graphic novel are incredibly beautiful. Everything is so colorful and the artist really gave life to these characters. There are several different species in this story and all of them were absolutely stunning. The best illustrations are definitely the tea dragons, which are so adorable I was squealing in delight and raving about how much I wanted one as I read this.Th The Tea Dragon Society is an absolutely stunning graphic novel and now I really want my own tea dragon!The illustrations in this graphic novel are incredibly beautiful. Everything is so colorful and the artist really gave life to these characters. There are several different species in this story and all of them were absolutely stunning. The best illustrations are definitely the tea dragons, which are so adorable I was squealing in delight and raving about how much I wanted one as I read this.The story has a very diverse cast, both in the characters' species, histories and their sexualities. Greta, a girl learning the art of blacksmithing, learns about a culture far different from her own when she stumbles upon the world of tea dragons. She's taught the importance of keeping traditions alive in the changing world. She also develops some wonderful friendships over the course of the book.After the story ends, there is a section in the back of the book with information about tea dragons and their history as well as facts about the different types of tea dragons. I loved the section that gave facts about a specific type of tea dragon accompanied by an illustration of that species. The different types of tea dragons all had such distinct personalities and they were incredibly adorable.Overall, The Tea Dragon Society was an absolutely adorable read with amazing artwork and I highly recommend it.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
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  • Shari (colourmeread)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this was the CUTEST BOOK EVER. Sometimes you just have to review with a .gif so here's one that captures how I felt while reading:I basically didn't know what to expect from this, but after seeing some of the art from the book, I had to read it!I love dragons. And tea. So baby dragons AND tea just...As if the art and the dragons weren't enough, it also comes with a heartwarming story. At its core O'Neill writes about two arts that are no longer appreciated by society - blacksmithing and cari Oh, this was the CUTEST BOOK EVER. Sometimes you just have to review with a .gif so here's one that captures how I felt while reading:I basically didn't know what to expect from this, but after seeing some of the art from the book, I had to read it!I love dragons. And tea. So baby dragons AND tea just...As if the art and the dragons weren't enough, it also comes with a heartwarming story. At its core O'Neill writes about two arts that are no longer appreciated by society - blacksmithing and caring for tea dragons. In our fast paced world I appreciated O'Neill touching on the beauty of old practices, even when they both require a lot of hard work and waiting.This was also a tale of friendship and family, of adventures long gone, but present days being filled with good memories. I also loved the diverse cast and different species and I can't wait to read more about them.This book made me so happy! The artwork was stunning and the book was absolutely delightful. I don't care how old you are, you need to read this.
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  • Lexie
    January 1, 1970
    I want a tea dragon. Can I have a tea dragon? THRY ARE MY NEW FAVORITE KIND OF DRAGON.----Hands down one of the cutest, most heart warming graphic novels I've read this year. I greatly enjoyed PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER and looked forward to this next title that involved two of my favorite things in the whole world: Dragons and Tea.And like with PRINCESS at the core of this graphic novel is the notion that family, love and friendship comes in all sorts of ways when you least expect it. In PRIN I want a tea dragon. Can I have a tea dragon? THRY ARE MY NEW FAVORITE KIND OF DRAGON.----Hands down one of the cutest, most heart warming graphic novels I've read this year. I greatly enjoyed PRINCESS PRINCESS EVER AFTER and looked forward to this next title that involved two of my favorite things in the whole world: Dragons and Tea.And like with PRINCESS at the core of this graphic novel is the notion that family, love and friendship comes in all sorts of ways when you least expect it. In PRINCESS we saw Amira and Sadie work through what was more important to them both before finding that together they were happier. In TEA DRAGON we have Greta, and Minette, two very different girls that are brought together because of the affection they have for the Tea Dragons.The graphic novel unfolds over the four seasons, giving vignettes into their lives as their friendship unfolds and deepens into something more.Absolutely gorgeous and stunning, something every body should want to share with their friends and loved ones.
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  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    I OFFICIALLY WANT MY OWN TEA DRAGON. Preferably Jasmine, Peppermint or Chamomile. HOLY CUTE!!!!! THIS BOOK IS SO ADORBS.
  • Amy Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    There is so much beauty in this book. It made me want a tea dragon of my own! I love the dragon index and care instructions on the back. A story of how kindness freely given returns a bigger kindness. I do hope there will be more Tea Dragon Society books!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all. This art work is STUNNING. The cast has different species, races, and sexualities. The story is sweet and heartwarming and I'm just. Obsessed with these dragons.
  • Ashley (pawingthroughpages)
    January 1, 1970
    I will gladly and boldly say that this is my favorite graphic novel! The art is breathtaking and the story is so magical and heartwarming. What a gem, I wish I would of read this sooner.
  • laura (bookies & cookies)
    January 1, 1970
    GORGEOUS ARTWORK. Greta is reluctantly learning how to be a blacksmith from her mother, when she discovers a lost Tea Dragon in an alley, saves him, and learns about the dying art of Tea Dragon caring, befriending Hesekial, a wise tea shop owner, Erik, a retired adventurer, and Minette, a girl with a mysterious past, even to herself. It was a delight to absorb, but not quite enough substance to enthrall me.
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  • Yaiza
    January 1, 1970
    This was so pure and sweet and heartbreaking at the same time? We don't deserve it
  • The Captain
    January 1, 1970
    Ahoy there me mateys! So along with me love of the sea, I also have a fierce love of dragons. This be graphic novel. I never read a graphic novel before as I am not a visual person and wasn’t sure if the medium would work for me. But the cute cover and subject matter kept luring me back to looking at this one. Then I read this post by milliebot @ milliebotreads. She does an awesome series where she does, in fact, judge books by their cover and showcases some of the stunning books that she owns. Ahoy there me mateys! So along with me love of the sea, I also have a fierce love of dragons. This be graphic novel. I never read a graphic novel before as I am not a visual person and wasn’t sure if the medium would work for me. But the cute cover and subject matter kept luring me back to looking at this one. Then I read this post by milliebot @ milliebotreads. She does an awesome series where she does, in fact, judge books by their cover and showcases some of the stunning books that she owns. I was convinced that I had to read it. And I have to say that the artwork in this book is absolutely fabulous. I loved the world that the author has created. Tea dragons are adorable and I kinda want one. The artwork alone was worth reading this for me. The only downside is that I thought the story that went with it was odd. There didn’t seem to be an actual through-line. The tea dragons were adorable but didn’t really do anything. The main character, Greta, was charming and kind and I liked her. The themes of friendship and hard work were also lovely. I was able to understand what was happening in the book as the visuals were clear. There was just no plot or exploration of character. It seemed to be more of vignettes with no exploration or answers. So I treated it like an art book and just enjoyed the visuals in the way that I enjoy perusing art museums.I am not sure if this is usual for graphic novels or is just a side-effect of this particular one having begun its life as a webcomic. I don’t mind me books having pictures but I have to say that I prefer me stories to be told in words.Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    What an adorable little graphic novel! While the story felt like it could have been fleshed out a touch more, I really liked the illustration style and the concept and the characters. I also love the whimsy of a world with tea dragons, and would love to have one of my own - preferably chamomile, ginger or earl grey.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL.Katie O'Neill's art style is stunning and comforting. And within these few pages, she painted a cozy fantasy world of charming and diverse characters. She reminded me of the beauty and the importance of learning and remembering our roots, both in memory and practice. To lose them would be a tragic loss of incredible magic, whether your world is scented with tea dragons or tea bags. There isn't much of a plot in this book, but I felt like I hopped through a portal regar I LOVED THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL.Katie O'Neill's art style is stunning and comforting. And within these few pages, she painted a cozy fantasy world of charming and diverse characters. She reminded me of the beauty and the importance of learning and remembering our roots, both in memory and practice. To lose them would be a tragic loss of incredible magic, whether your world is scented with tea dragons or tea bags. There isn't much of a plot in this book, but I felt like I hopped through a portal regardless. I want to join the Tea Dragon Society too! I want a tea dragon and learn. Teach meeeeeee <3p.s. - I also loved the profiles of all the different tea dragons on the last few pages. It's so clear that O'Neill has this world built solidly in her mind and that we only got a glimpse of it. My only complaint would be that the book wasn't longer. I would love for more time in this setting. But until then, I need to grab a copy of the bit we got to keep in my library forever!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely, sweet little graphic novel with a kindhearted story and gorgeous artwork. So ethereal and beautiful. I would've loved to own a physical copy as a kid and just read and re-read this until the binding and pages wore down. Kid magic!I also loved the ambiguity of sexualities between the characters and the diversity in skin colors. So progressive and necessary for young readers to see that all shapes, sizes, colors, sexualities and physical/mental abilities are important and of value.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    This was made available on NetGalley as a Read Now title. This is an honest review.Okay so this comic is so beautiful and I cried through the entire second half.I don’t even really know how to describe it except to say that it’s about learning skills that would otherwise be lost, (also a little about the changes in society that cause the loss of those skills), loss of memory and the effects that has on the person affected, discovering yourself, friendship, and found family.When a character drink This was made available on NetGalley as a Read Now title. This is an honest review.Okay so this comic is so beautiful and I cried through the entire second half.I don’t even really know how to describe it except to say that it’s about learning skills that would otherwise be lost, (also a little about the changes in society that cause the loss of those skills), loss of memory and the effects that has on the person affected, discovering yourself, friendship, and found family.When a character drinks tea made from the leaves grown by a Tea Dragon then they see memories of the life of the Tea Dragon’s owner. This was done twice, to really lovely effect both times. It was a very different and effective way to provide some backstory for two important characters, and that was the point when I started crying and didn’t stop.Two of the side characters are definitely queer, and you could make arguments for Greta and Minette. Which I think is fantastic. More casual queerness and more mostly-queer casts, please. (I honestly also believe that Greta’s parents are queer as well. They just…look queer. And I am queer myself, so this is legit.)There’s not a lot of world building but honestly the comic doesn’t need it. All of the character designs were lovely, and as far as I can tell, only Erik and Greta’s father were human. None of the “this is fantasy but there are only humans and dragons” nonsense here. The Tea Dragons themselves were really adorable, and I loved that they were named after kinds of tea. I mean, that’s an obvious decision, but it made me so happy. The Tea Dragon handbook in the back was also really cute, and provided some extra information about the Tea Dragons that the story itself didn’t really allow for.Greta and her father have very dark skin, and Erik also has quite dark skin and is a wheelchair user. I really love when fantasy things include disabled characters without making any kind of deal about it at all. Wheelchairs can and should absolutely exist in fantasy.The Tea Dragon Society is a really lovely comic that will sit in my heart forever. I’m going to get my hands on a physical copy as soon as I can, and I can’t wait until there are small people in my life that I can share it with. Having also read and loved Princess Princess Ever After, I think I can safely say that Katie O’Neill is going to become one of my favourite comic creators of all time.
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this sweet and gentle tale of Greta the young blacksmith-in-training who becomes involved with Hezekiel and Eric and their young charge Minette, and all the tea dragons they care for. Greta learns valuable things from her mother the blacksmith as well, while learning about tea and the Tea Dragon Society.The illustrations are beautiful and the story's tone is quiet and lovely.
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  • Cherise
    January 1, 1970
    This adorable story follows Greta as she's learning from her mother how to be a blacksmith. One day, while in town, she finds a small tea dragon. She manages to get it to safety and her father tells her who the owner is. When she returns it, she's asked if she would like to learn how to care for tea dragons. In this adventure, she meets Hesekiel and his partner Erik, and Minette, who has trouble remember things, but who she befriends.This is honestly such a quick, adorable read. The art is so we This adorable story follows Greta as she's learning from her mother how to be a blacksmith. One day, while in town, she finds a small tea dragon. She manages to get it to safety and her father tells her who the owner is. When she returns it, she's asked if she would like to learn how to care for tea dragons. In this adventure, she meets Hesekiel and his partner Erik, and Minette, who has trouble remember things, but who she befriends.This is honestly such a quick, adorable read. The art is so well done and the story is short but impactful. I cried over how sweet it was. It's cast of characters are diverse from race, to disabilities, to temperaments. The plot is quick and we learn with Greta about keeping old traditions alive and making friends with everyone, that not everyone is how they seem. But if you have time for something quick that will touch your heart, read this. I can't drink tea, but man, do I want a tea dragon.
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