The Tea Dragon Festival
Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

The Tea Dragon Festival Details

TitleThe Tea Dragon Festival
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherOni Press
ISBN-139781620106556
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Dragons

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The Tea Dragon Festival Review

  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★★★ | Colourful, lovely and heartwarming! Honestly, every time I read a Katie O'Neill story I wish to have kids just to read it to them. And I'm not planning kids.I love the Tea Dragon world and little Tea Dragons but in this one, we have Rinn, a brown non-binary person, finding an ACTUAL dragon while gathering wild herbs and vegetables in the forest. There are also some characters from the last story and Deaf representation (with the whole village being able to use sign language!). The Tea Dr ★★★★★ | Colourful, lovely and heartwarming! Honestly, every time I read a Katie O'Neill story I wish to have kids just to read it to them. And I'm not planning kids.I love the Tea Dragon world and little Tea Dragons but in this one, we have Rinn, a brown non-binary person, finding an ACTUAL dragon while gathering wild herbs and vegetables in the forest. There are also some characters from the last story and Deaf representation (with the whole village being able to use sign language!). The Tea Dragon Festival is a story about finding your own place in the world and being a part of something. A community. A tradition. A memory. About the sharing of all that with others.I'm hoping for much more Tea Dragons to come and thank you NetGalley for letting me read this one! It uplifted my mood for the next few days for sure!
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  • Chachic
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted as a bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvKBflvH2Tn/The Tea Dragon Festival is Katie O'Neill's upcoming graphic novel that serves as a companion title to the award-winning The Tea Dragon Society. It is one of my highly anticipated 2019 titles because last year, I read and loved all of the author's earlier books. All of them were beautifully written, heartwarming tales with gorgeous illustrations. Tea dragons are adorable creatures that have leaves, flowers and berries gro Originally posted as a bookstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BvKBflvH2Tn/The Tea Dragon Festival is Katie O'Neill's upcoming graphic novel that serves as a companion title to the award-winning The Tea Dragon Society. It is one of my highly anticipated 2019 titles because last year, I read and loved all of the author's earlier books. All of them were beautifully written, heartwarming tales with gorgeous illustrations. ⁣Tea dragons are adorable creatures that have leaves, flowers and berries growing out of their horns that can be harvested and brewed into a magical type of tea. As a tea lover, I enjoyed this aspect of the worldbuilding so much and was happy to be back in the world of tea dragons. And this book has a real dragon too! It also has cameos from two characters from the earlier book. I loved how Katie O'Neill built upon the world she initially introduced us to, but this can also be read as a standalone title.⁣This lovely graphic novel has themes of home and belonging, and finding one's purpose within the community. It was a pleasure to read and is the kind of book that I would recommend to anyone who wants a pick-me-up. I enjoyed it so much that I'm marking it as a best of 2019 title.⁣⁣The Tea Dragon Festival will be released on September 17, 2019. I was given an advanced copy by the publisher in exchange for a review.
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  • Hâf
    January 1, 1970
    This is a companion novel to Katie O'Neill's The Tea Dragon Society, which I was lucky to receive a copy of in an Owlcrate box. After reading The Tea Dragon Society I really wanted to know more about Hesekiel and Erik, two of the main characters in the story. They portrayed such a depth of knowledge about tea dragons and the world in which they lived. My wish came true in the form of this wonderful prequel!We're introduced to a few new characters, a remote mountain village and an actual fierce d This is a companion novel to Katie O'Neill's The Tea Dragon Society, which I was lucky to receive a copy of in an Owlcrate box. After reading The Tea Dragon Society I really wanted to know more about Hesekiel and Erik, two of the main characters in the story. They portrayed such a depth of knowledge about tea dragons and the world in which they lived. My wish came true in the form of this wonderful prequel!We're introduced to a few new characters, a remote mountain village and an actual fierce dragon in this instalment. There's a deaf character amongst these new additions and so the author has amazingly incorporated the use of sign language by most of the characters into the illustrations.I would have like to have learnt a little bit more about the magical creature in the forest who Hesekiel and Erik stumble upon, but otherwise this instalment was pure perfection. It is such a wonderful story of friendship and companionship.I really hope there are more instalments planned for this world, as I would love to find out more about the tea dragons.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Rinn meets a real dragon in the woods while gathering supplies for her village. The dragon, Aedhan, was supposed to be the protector of the village but fell asleep for 80 years. Uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel arrive to find what has caused the sleeping spell. The village is also preparing for the tea dragon festival. This is a story of friendship and community and it is lovely.
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  • Centennial
    January 1, 1970
    Absurdly adorable, magical, and wholesome. I would hug this book if I hadn't read it as a PDF from OniPress. Tea Dragon Festival is sweet & gorgeous story about finding your talent & finding your home. Everything Katie O'Neill does just makes my heart happy--and every time I give her books to a kiddo at the library, they love it, too!Favorite parts about this book: the new tea dragon designs and the way O'Neill incorporated sign language into the speech bubbles!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Another lovely book from Katie O'Neill, I love her sweet stories and beautiful artwork.
  • NotoriousGOT
    January 1, 1970
    So so so so beautiful
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book thanks to Net Galley and publisher Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.Oh boy, this just about melted my heart and I am so so happy I read this. The Tea Dragon Society is an absolutely lovely graphic novel/webcomic that you can read entirely online for free (you can also buy a bindup). It tells the story of a young girl who is learning to be a blacksmith when she stumbles upon another potential profession-caring for these small creatures called tea dragons. I received an ARC of this book thanks to Net Galley and publisher Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.Oh boy, this just about melted my heart and I am so so happy I read this. The Tea Dragon Society is an absolutely lovely graphic novel/webcomic that you can read entirely online for free (you can also buy a bindup). It tells the story of a young girl who is learning to be a blacksmith when she stumbles upon another potential profession-caring for these small creatures called tea dragons. The Tea Dragon Festival is the followup to that story, though it is not a sequel and you don't need to read the first one for this to make sense. Instead it is merely set in the same world and features some of the same characters.In this story we follow Rinn, a nonbinary person who loves foraging ingredients and supplies for their town. This village communally cares for a group of tea dragons who are the adorable titular creatures. One day Rinn comes across a real dragon called Aedhan who has been asleep for 80 years. With Rinn's help, Aedhan must now assimilate back into village life and find the creature who caused him to sleep for so long.I'm not sure how many times it is appropriate to use the word 'adorable' in one review but it perfectly encapsulates this whole graphic novel experience. The art style is absolutely gorgeous, the characters are likeable and the story is compelling. After reading this I was just filled with so much joy and love for the world the artist had created. I could read a thousand stories in this world and never be bored. It is the ultimate feel good experience.The representation in this is also topnotch and it makes me so happy to see so many concepts in a children's work. I think people of all ages could enjoy this graphic novel but it is definitely kid-friendly as well and I love how effortlessly the artist incorporates diversity. This is how it should be done!There's not much to be said about this apart from I loved it and I want as many people as possible to experience the joy this work brought me. If you're looking for a cute graphic novel, this is the perfect example. If you like dragons, tea, fantasy worlds, slice of life stories featuring a ton of diversity, romances that aren't overt or take over the plot, compelling characters or beautiful artwork, then please please read this. You will not be disappointed.Overall Rating: 5/5
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  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    This is an ARC (advanced readers copy) review, in return for an honest review! I cannot thank Margot Wood enough (who used to work at Epic Reads, you know the one-she did Tea Time Reads), who now works with Oni Press. Anyway, THANK YOU MARGOT!!!! Now that's out of the way, I completely loved The Tea Dragon Society and once I heard about the prequel novel The Tea Dragon Festival was coming out later this year, I made it my mission to try and get this ARC. I absolutely  loved The Tea Dragon Festiv This is an ARC (advanced readers copy) review, in return for an honest review! I cannot thank Margot Wood enough (who used to work at Epic Reads, you know the one-she did Tea Time Reads), who now works with Oni Press. Anyway, THANK YOU MARGOT!!!! Now that's out of the way, I completely loved The Tea Dragon Society and once I heard about the prequel novel The Tea Dragon Festival was coming out later this year, I made it my mission to try and get this ARC. I absolutely  loved The Tea Dragon Festival! The artwork, the wild tea dragons raised and cared for by the whole village. It was funny to hear that the village sees the tea dragons as pests that they are overrun with, yet still love to care for them and spoil them. I am curious about how the tea dragons are related to the real dragons (who are fully grown without growing tea leaves and such) and how they fit into this world. I am also interested in the family dynamic of our main characters ( Erik's family) timeline, and was really happy to see Erik and Hesekiel again (younger, in love and full of adventure). Another two cute and great things I noticed in this book was that there was ALS (American Sign Language) for a character who was deaf, this was amazing because its basically really rare in comic books (especially young adult comics). The second cutest thing was the tea dragons being all dressed up for the festival, I've added a photo I took of the page that shows them all dressed up so you all can see the cuteness. In the end I hope we will be getting many more spin offs and other books with more tea dragons in the future! I already know that there will be more plush stuffed animals of the dragons coming too! We already can get out hands on one so far from Oni Press. Favorite quote(s):-"It was just proud of something it loved.""I know the feeling."-But I think I was always meant to come here, and meet you. Whatever I do from now on will be lovelier, and richer, because I understand what's important now. And because I have a home.
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  • JenLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    I have so much love for the first book, that the moment I saw this one out in the world I knew I had to get my hands on it. But, sadly I hadn't been able to. That is, until NetGalley approved my request and the rest is Tea Dragon love!There was definite excitement over being approved for this cutesy, artsy, read. Especially going back to the first Tea Dragon Society book, which this had and tons more. The colors, the art, the new tea dragons, and a special different kind of dragon named Aedhan ( I have so much love for the first book, that the moment I saw this one out in the world I knew I had to get my hands on it. But, sadly I hadn't been able to. That is, until NetGalley approved my request and the rest is Tea Dragon love!There was definite excitement over being approved for this cutesy, artsy, read. Especially going back to the first Tea Dragon Society book, which this had and tons more. The colors, the art, the new tea dragons, and a special different kind of dragon named Aedhan (which I adored!). Then there was Hesekiel and Erik, from the first novel, and in this one they were even more interactive. I found myself becoming more connected with them as I read more, but still wishing for more of their past stories. Which, I'm hoping there is more talks of in the next volume.I will say though, I didn't see as many tea dragons as I would have liked, making this a little bit sad because that's what this is all about. But, I am somewhat forgiving as there was a lot of Aedhan, along with our other main character Rinn. Their story in this was definitely a plus.Those two, and the festivities, made it so much more magical and even more forgiving. As there was some of that tea I was looking for, along with a very sentimental and teary-eyed memory recap. The food search, the making of the dishes by the community, and those beautiful memories given were the pinnacle moment in this novel.There was tons to love in this second volume, including the addition of sign language. Yup, there is so much in here. And yet, like mentioned above, I wanted more of those little cute tea dragons, more of Hesekiel and Erik, and more of the history behind it all. I'll just have to wait for the next volume to come out and have more adventures with all of them. ***I received this copy from Oni Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Tea Dragon Festival is the second Tea Dragon graphic novel from Katie O'Neill. Due out 17th Sept. 2019 from Oni, it's 136 pages and will be available in hardback format.I reviewed the first book in 2017 and am happy to report that this book is just as sweetly charming and beautifully crafted as the first book. The artist author is so adept with art that supports and enhances the narrative. The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant.Altho Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Tea Dragon Festival is the second Tea Dragon graphic novel from Katie O'Neill. Due out 17th Sept. 2019 from Oni, it's 136 pages and will be available in hardback format.I reviewed the first book in 2017 and am happy to report that this book is just as sweetly charming and beautifully crafted as the first book. The artist author is so adept with art that supports and enhances the narrative. The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant.Although this book is ostensibly aimed at middle readers (age 8-12), I found it a charming and very enjoyable read. This would make a superlative read-to-me book for young children or a read-along. The book's message of kindness, gentleness, inclusivity, and working cooperatively for mutual benefit are -so- necessary and timely. The author manages to convey the messages without ever being strident or preachy. I also liked that one of the characters uses sign language and at least to some degree, the other characters have picked up different signs (which are drawn in the book).The characters look and act differently from one another and appear to be different ethnicities and it's no big deal .I loved this book. The author is gifted and generous to share her stories with us. Looking forward to more. (Please).Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I received an exclusive copy of The Tea Dragon Society in an Owlcrate box, and absolutely loved it. When I noticed I could request The Tea Dragon Festival on NetGalley, I didn't hesitate and requested it rightaway. I'm so happy I did! The story starts off with an explanation of the sign language used in the story. I find it incredibly important that not only a deaf character is included, but they use sign language aswell. It's even further explored in the story. The story takes place years befor I received an exclusive copy of The Tea Dragon Society in an Owlcrate box, and absolutely loved it. When I noticed I could request The Tea Dragon Festival on NetGalley, I didn't hesitate and requested it rightaway. I'm so happy I did! The story starts off with an explanation of the sign language used in the story. I find it incredibly important that not only a deaf character is included, but they use sign language aswell. It's even further explored in the story. The story takes place years before The Tea Dragon Society and I was so surprised to see old characters in this book! This story was a bit different but followed the lives of different people, what they were doing and how they where life was going to take them. Whether that's with a person they love, a place they can life their life or maybe what work you'll do to live the life you want. "Just because something comes easily to you, does not mean it has no value. You find it effortless because you love it, and that is why it is your gift."It was endearing and funny and thoughtful and sweet. It was everything I wished for. The Tea Dragons were such an addes bonus. The Mountain Chamomile! I really relate to it. At the end of the book there is a short explanation about the different Tea Dragons in the story and a note about the differences and similarities between Dragons and Tea Dragons. It's just something I didn't expect. I knew the explanations regarding the Tea Dragons was in the first book aswell, but I was still surprised. Happily so, as it's just an extra bonus. More artwork for me to fawn over!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher Oni Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Tea Dragon Festival is a companion story to the beautiful The Tea Dragon Society and let me assure that this volume is as stunning as the first one. The colors are gorgeous and the illustrations are to die for. This story is set before the events of The Tea Dragon Society since we can see a much younger Hesekiel and Erik. I also loved the new characters that were introdu The ARC of this graphic novel was provided by the publisher Oni Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The Tea Dragon Festival is a companion story to the beautiful The Tea Dragon Society and let me assure that this volume is as stunning as the first one. The colors are gorgeous and the illustrations are to die for. This story is set before the events of The Tea Dragon Society since we can see a much younger Hesekiel and Erik. I also loved the new characters that were introduced in this story. Aedhan is a dragon, a real one, and can shift forms and so become human. It was very nice to learn more about dragons in general and not only about tea dragons, the lovely creatures that were the focus of the first volume. I loved how in the end (view spoiler)[ everyone helped with tea leaves so that Aedhan could experience the memories of the past 80 years and see what he missed while he was asleep. It was such a thoughtful gesture. I’m really happy that he found Rinn and also a place that he can finally call home. (hide spoiler)]In this book characters use both American sign language and voice to communicate and I thought it was such a nice addition to this volume, it was well explained at the beginning of the book and there were different-colored texts so that the reader could understand what language the characters were speaking. If you liked The Tea Dragon Society , you’ll love this one!
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  • Hizatul Akmah
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Oni Press for providing me the digital ARC for this book in exchange for my honest review my actual rating: ALL THE SPARKLY STARS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSEEEEreading Katie's books always makes me happy and this one has been in my most anticipated reads of this year list, if i have one. the first book, The Tea Dragon Society is one of the best graphic novels i've ever read, so of course when i saw this book i got all grabby hands!!let's talk about why y'all gotta pick th Thank you to Netgalley and Oni Press for providing me the digital ARC for this book in exchange for my honest review my actual rating: ALL THE SPARKLY STARS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSEEEEreading Katie's books always makes me happy and this one has been in my most anticipated reads of this year list, if i have one. the first book, The Tea Dragon Society is one of the best graphic novels i've ever read, so of course when i saw this book i got all grabby hands!!let's talk about why y'all gotta pick this book up too when it comes out in 3 months:- the adorable as hell tea dragons that you can't help but to love. tag yourself, i'm the mountain chamomile!!!- the gorgeous and astounding illustrations; every single panel is nothing but a feast to the eyes. what an incredible work aaa i've decided to stan this author forever!! (yes, we do stanning authors too)- it was a fantasy story targeted to middle graders but i believe everyone's gonna love it as much too!- did i already mention how cute these lil tea dragons are???- it is so diverse!! it has queer, disability (sign language in a comic book, y'all!!!) and POC reps. i can go on and on about how important it is to find more diversity in books nowadays but i bet you've read about it enough, so yeah.in a conclusion, if you haven't read The Tea Dragon Society yet AND not planning to pick this book up next, what are you doing with your life?
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  • Garan
    January 1, 1970
    Katie O'Neill's companion story to her award-winning, The Tea Dragon Society, is a triumph. This artist's ability to create intimate and beautiful stories of love, friendship, and inclusion is unmatched. I am completely head over heels in love with the worlds and characters that she creates and this book is no exception.The Tea Dragon Festival follows Rinn, an aspiring cook with an affinity for harvesting all of the best wild herbs and vegetables for their village. They stumble upon Aedhan, a yo Katie O'Neill's companion story to her award-winning, The Tea Dragon Society, is a triumph. This artist's ability to create intimate and beautiful stories of love, friendship, and inclusion is unmatched. I am completely head over heels in love with the worlds and characters that she creates and this book is no exception.The Tea Dragon Festival follows Rinn, an aspiring cook with an affinity for harvesting all of the best wild herbs and vegetables for their village. They stumble upon Aedhan, a young dragon who has been asleep for nearly 80 years. Rinn helps Aedhan to adjust to the world now that he is awake and their journey together is so incredibly precious and timely.The representation in this book is absolutely incredible and so effortless. Rinn is a non-binary character. Hesekiel and Erik, two queer characters from The Tea Dragon Society, return. Nearly every character is a person of color and almost all of the inhabitants of the village use ASL while talking because the town cook is deaf. The art throughout the novel is spectacular and, honestly, some of the most beautiful illustrating I've ever seen.The plot was excellent and very satisfying. A perfect happy read for children and adults alike. I wish I could live in O'Neill's worlds. She is a master at her craft and I can't wait to see what else she releases in the future.
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  • Basma
    January 1, 1970
    This is an adorable children's graphic novel and it's beautifully illustrated. I've always been a fan of Katie O'Neill's artworks. Her illustrations add so much vibe, warmth and character to the story.This is a story about Rinn who grows up in a village with Tea Dragons and a loving community. She runs off to collect some ingredients for the people in the village and stumbles upon Aedhan, a real dragon who has been asleep for 80 years. The dragon was supposed to be the protector of the village b This is an adorable children's graphic novel and it's beautifully illustrated. I've always been a fan of Katie O'Neill's artworks. Her illustrations add so much vibe, warmth and character to the story.This is a story about Rinn who grows up in a village with Tea Dragons and a loving community. She runs off to collect some ingredients for the people in the village and stumbles upon Aedhan, a real dragon who has been asleep for 80 years. The dragon was supposed to be the protector of the village but hasn't been found until now. Rinn's uncle Erick and his companion go on an adventure to figure out what has happened while Rinn has an adventure of her own with the dragon. It's a story about community, friendship, belonging and finding purpose. It shows how important it is to be accessible and include everyone in the community (i.e. the entire village learning sign language because of one person) and hints at how cool it is that Aedhan the dragon can transform his appearance between male and female.It's fun and sweet. Would recommend for the younger kids in your lives and the adults who enjoy this genre. I feel that an added layer of depth could've been added or it could be just because I'm looking at it from an adult perspective as opposed to a child.(I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    "I think I was always meant to come here, and meet you."Favorite Tea Dragon: MarshmallowKatie O'Neill's graphic novels are as delightful and warm as a mug of freshly brewed tea. Her latest is a prequel to The Tea Dragon Society and it introduces readers to Rinn, who discovers a dragon named Aedhan sleeping in the forest. Aedhan's been in deep sleep for 80 years, and no longer knows where his clan is. With Rinn's help, he begins to feel at home in the village. The book also features appearances "I think I was always meant to come here, and meet you."Favorite Tea Dragon: MarshmallowKatie O'Neill's graphic novels are as delightful and warm as a mug of freshly brewed tea. Her latest is a prequel to The Tea Dragon Society and it introduces readers to Rinn, who discovers a dragon named Aedhan sleeping in the forest. Aedhan's been in deep sleep for 80 years, and no longer knows where his clan is. With Rinn's help, he begins to feel at home in the village. The book also features appearances by two of my favorite characters from the TTDS: Hesekiel and Erik.It's a beautiful story about kindness, being welcoming to others, and learning to find your place in the world. The illustrations are stunning and the spirit of the book reminded me of the quiet and peaceful moments in my favorite Miyazaki films, to the point where I was hearing those beautiful soundtracks in my mind as I read.As always, I love how inclusive O'Neill's Tea Dragon world is. There are people of all races, queer couples, dragons able to shift their gender, and even illustrated sign language in this installment. I'd highly recommend this installments to both fans of O'Neill's work and to new readers looking for an enchanting new read.
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  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    The Tea Dragon Festival is the second part of the series and still as cute as ever! Rinn has lived her whole life surrounded by tea dragons until she actually stumbles across a real dragon that has been sleeping for eighty years. Aedhan was supposed to be the guardian of the city, but was under a spell and feels like it lost so much due to it. Rinn teaches Aedhan about the village, tea dragons and stuff she loves about to make the dragon feel at home again. At the same time Uncle Erik and Heseki The Tea Dragon Festival is the second part of the series and still as cute as ever! Rinn has lived her whole life surrounded by tea dragons until she actually stumbles across a real dragon that has been sleeping for eighty years. Aedhan was supposed to be the guardian of the city, but was under a spell and feels like it lost so much due to it. Rinn teaches Aedhan about the village, tea dragons and stuff she loves about to make the dragon feel at home again. At the same time Uncle Erik and Hesekiel try to unravel the mystery of the deep sleep. The story is heartwarming and full of meaning, which makes this series so wonderful. I kind of wished we had got better into the sleep spell though, since it was somewhat lacking, but otherwise I don't have any complaints. The story rhythm is great and the pace just perfect.The art is cute and works well with the story and world. The absence of black lines is a good call and softens the art. The roundness is adorable and the tea dragons are cute like no other. I also enjoyed the sign language and the appreciation of being different, which has been evident in this series from the start. O'Neill has created a marvelous world that is exciting and new and still so familiar all at the same time.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this comic! Title: The Tea Dragon FestivalAuthor: Katie O'Neill Rating: 5 stars I am a huge fan of Katie O'Neill's work, this is the 3rd comic I have read by this author now and I loved it! After reading "The Tea Dragon Society" earlier this year and also rating it 5 stars, I have been eagerly anticipating this new novel, so when I saw it on NetGalley I was over the moon! This is a prequel to the first book and I would say you can def Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this comic! Title: The Tea Dragon FestivalAuthor: Katie O'Neill Rating: 5 stars I am a huge fan of Katie O'Neill's work, this is the 3rd comic I have read by this author now and I loved it! After reading "The Tea Dragon Society" earlier this year and also rating it 5 stars, I have been eagerly anticipating this new novel, so when I saw it on NetGalley I was over the moon! This is a prequel to the first book and I would say you can definitely read this as a standalone, but I also highly recommend the previous book too! The illustrations and colours were so beautiful. The story and characters so effortlessly diverse, it was a very lovely read. I honestly didn't want it to end! One of the things that I absolutely loved was the use of sign language throughout the comic. In the beginning, there is a short introduction on how to identify when the characters are using ASL. The whole village learned after one of the residents was born deaf. There are also lots of resources at the end about sign language.Overall, I loved it! I won't hesitate to pick up more work by this author. Review to be posted on my blog, closer to the release date.
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  • Megan ( Tome Infinity )
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher Oni Press for allowing me to receive this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Tea Dragon Festival By Katie O’NeillThis is a companion title to the award-winning The Tea Dragon Society.First off I just recently discovered O’Neill thanks to Aquaicorn Cove being nominated for a Booktube SFF Award for Graphic Works. I fell in love with her art style and even more so with how she is working to introduce important topics to younger readers in a w I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher Oni Press for allowing me to receive this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Tea Dragon Festival By Katie O’NeillThis is a companion title to the award-winning The Tea Dragon Society.First off I just recently discovered O’Neill thanks to Aquaicorn Cove being nominated for a Booktube SFF Award for Graphic Works. I fell in love with her art style and even more so with how she is working to introduce important topics to younger readers in a way that is so colorful, fun and engaging. There is something about these graphic novels that is just heartwarming and makes you smile. They are the ones that when you are having a down day you can go to and escape into this beautiful world, and imagine having a little tea dragon of your own. I love the diversity that is represented within all of O’Neill works. From all the different races that live harmoniously together to the subtle hints of accepted LGBT relationships, and within this novel, in particular, the use of sign language and the conversations of disabilities!I highly recommend The Tea Dragon books and Festival is completely as lovely as Society!5 Stars! More if I could!
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Just like the first one, this book felt like a huge, warm hug. The art style is beautiful, full of colours, nature and flowers. I could seriously look at these images and the tiny tea dragons all day, or mentally wander around the forest and the mountains depicted in the art.And of course, there's the story and the characters. The Tea Dragon Festival features a nonbinary main character (they/them pronouns) and their family, includ I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Just like the first one, this book felt like a huge, warm hug. The art style is beautiful, full of colours, nature and flowers. I could seriously look at these images and the tiny tea dragons all day, or mentally wander around the forest and the mountains depicted in the art.And of course, there's the story and the characters. The Tea Dragon Festival features a nonbinary main character (they/them pronouns) and their family, including their uncle and the uncle's partner. I'm not quite sure what gender Hese is (pronouns are avoided, and the word "partner" is used), but it's definitely a queer relationship, that is wonderful and supportive and full of love.Rinn doesn't only have their family: there is a wider community there who live together and help each other, including learning sign language when one of their members is born Deaf. The book also has resources for learning ASL and learning more about Deaf people.All in all, this is a magical and wonderfully inclusive story with beautiful art, and I am very tempted to get a physical copy once it's out.
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent an eARC of this graphic novel through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review."Just because something comes easily to you, does not mean it has no value. You find it effortless because you love it, and that is why it is your gift."After having absolutely adored The Tea Dragon Society, I didn't know how quickly to request this companion graphic novel. And just like in The Tea Dragon Society, this was once again a breathtakingly beautiful graphic novel, full of seemingly effortless I was sent an eARC of this graphic novel through Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review."Just because something comes easily to you, does not mean it has no value. You find it effortless because you love it, and that is why it is your gift."After having absolutely adored The Tea Dragon Society, I didn't know how quickly to request this companion graphic novel. And just like in The Tea Dragon Society, this was once again a breathtakingly beautiful graphic novel, full of seemingly effortless diversity.This novel moved a little slower than its predecessor, and it was amazing to see more of a background unfold. In this story, we meet Hesekiel and Erik again, but at an earlier period in their lives, when they've only been together for a few years. The novel is centered around Erik's family, however, and the peaceful, loving village they live in.I just fell so completely in love with this story. There are were so many incredibly heartwarming, sweet aspects, and reading it felt like a warm hug.Rep: multiple characters of colour, non-binary character, Deaf character & use of ASL.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I was fortunate to obtain an advance PDF copy of this graphic novel thanks to NetGalley and my career as a librarian.I didn't think this graphic novel would live up to the beauty and enchantment of The Tea Dragon society but it did! Once again Kate O'Neill has created a tale of magic, humor, marvelous well-rounded characters, diverse beings, and also a mystery this time! One of the characters is apparently deaf and the situation is presented matter of factly and with no offensiveness as fa Note: I was fortunate to obtain an advance PDF copy of this graphic novel thanks to NetGalley and my career as a librarian.I didn't think this graphic novel would live up to the beauty and enchantment of The Tea Dragon society but it did! Once again Kate O'Neill has created a tale of magic, humor, marvelous well-rounded characters, diverse beings, and also a mystery this time! One of the characters is apparently deaf and the situation is presented matter of factly and with no offensiveness as far as I can tell (I'm a hearing person who is well-educated on representation of minorities). Not to mention the artwork is at least as lovely and enchanting as in the first book--and one panel actually made me gasp! I hope there's more to come!A wonderful book for graphic-novel and picture-book fans of all ages who enjoy adventure, fantasy, phenomenal charming and beautiful artwork, and happy endings. You can read this one before Tea Dragon Society if you like but definitely read both! (and try Kate O'Neill's other work too)
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    ARC via Netgalley. Absolutely adorable, as with all of Katie O'Neill's books! This is a prequel to The Tea Dragon Society, but I think they could be read separately or in either order -- Erik and Hesekiel, the sweet older couple who run the tea shop from Tea Dragon Society, appear again, this time as young adventurers, but the primary focus is on Rinn, a young nonbinary resident of a village that raises tea dragons, and the dragon they discover in the woods. The art is beautifully colored and in ARC via Netgalley. Absolutely adorable, as with all of Katie O'Neill's books! This is a prequel to The Tea Dragon Society, but I think they could be read separately or in either order -- Erik and Hesekiel, the sweet older couple who run the tea shop from Tea Dragon Society, appear again, this time as young adventurers, but the primary focus is on Rinn, a young nonbinary resident of a village that raises tea dragons, and the dragon they discover in the woods. The art is beautifully colored and incorporates sign language smoothly (one of the other villagers is either deaf or mute, and the entire village now communicates in a mixture of speech and sign language), and the human characters run the gamut of skin colors (but like. normal human skin colors, nobody is green or purple). A gorgeously illustrated and gentle coming-of-age story that I would strongly recommend to anyone looking for a non-sexualized but queer-friendly book for children, and to any kids who love fantasy but don't want a big scary adventure story!
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  • Brunilda
    January 1, 1970
    *Copy provided by NetGalley*Ohh this is such a cute thing.I loved this comic book so much, can't stop gushing over it. Artistically speaking, the art is superb, the drawings make you want to be part of the story, everything is so beautiful, all the details are so vivid. The color pallete is just stunning, all those magical creatures come to life with such wise color choices. And the fact that purple is very predominant here and my favorite color, gained a million points with me!!This story itsel *Copy provided by NetGalley*Ohh this is such a cute thing.I loved this comic book so much, can't stop gushing over it. Artistically speaking, the art is superb, the drawings make you want to be part of the story, everything is so beautiful, all the details are so vivid. The color pallete is just stunning, all those magical creatures come to life with such wise color choices. And the fact that purple is very predominant here and my favorite color, gained a million points with me!!This story itself is very interesting, I loved the fact the we have a dragon here who was a sleepyhead hahahaha, not his fault though. Rinn is such a cute little girl who wants the best for her family and who's always willing to help everybody, it doesn't matter who they might be.This magical world is just fantastic but I wished we could've known a bit better about the clan where Aedham came from. Maybe in another book? Heheheh.I loved this story and even though I wish I could've read The Tea Dragon Society first, this one was a great introduction to the Tea Dragon World. Totally recommend it!!!
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  • Ali Corvere
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe it, but I think I like this one even more than Tea Dragon Society (if that's even possible). I'm in complete awe of this book and I hope O'Neill never stops writing these. The Tea Dragon Festival delves deeper into the lore of the world that Katie O'Neill has masterfully created. It's a prequel to Tea Dragon and follows a new main character named Rinn, who loves gathering food for her village. During her time in the forest, she accidentally awakens a Dragon named Aedhan who was p I can't believe it, but I think I like this one even more than Tea Dragon Society (if that's even possible). I'm in complete awe of this book and I hope O'Neill never stops writing these. The Tea Dragon Festival delves deeper into the lore of the world that Katie O'Neill has masterfully created. It's a prequel to Tea Dragon and follows a new main character named Rinn, who loves gathering food for her village. During her time in the forest, she accidentally awakens a Dragon named Aedhan who was put in an enchanted sleep for 80 years. Rinn, Aedhan, Erik, and Hesekiel work to solve the mystery of what caused Aedhan to sleep for so long. It features American Sign Language and POC representation AND has LGBTQ+, non-binary, and gender fluid main characters. All of the book's important themes are presented in a very gentle way that would be easy for kids to understand. The story was absolutely magical and the illustrations were warm and detailed. 5/5 stars**Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy**
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewThis series is insanely cute, the tea dragons are adorable and such an interesting idea, and there are "profiles" of some of the different tea dragons at the end of the book which I love. The art is very cute, and I love the way the storys focus on the characters and the plots are nice and gentle, it's a good book to read in between heavier reads or as a comfort read, and I love the introduction as well in this book Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewThis series is insanely cute, the tea dragons are adorable and such an interesting idea, and there are "profiles" of some of the different tea dragons at the end of the book which I love. The art is very cute, and I love the way the storys focus on the characters and the plots are nice and gentle, it's a good book to read in between heavier reads or as a comfort read, and I love the introduction as well in this book of a different kind of dragons. The big dragons are like lions/tigers and the tea dragons are like house cats, like a domesticated lazy version of "real" dragons, I thought that dynamic was cool. Also- the big dragons can shape-shift into human like creatures so that's very cool.I hope the series expands and we find out more about the world and the characters as it goes on.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a review copy.The Tea Dragon Society was one of the most adorable children's graphic novels I've ever read, but I confess I was disappointed by the lack of a satisfying plot arc. This prequel rectified my concerns with the previous book while losing none of its charm. I think some reader may be disappointed that the characters who reappear in this volume are the adults, Erik and Hesekiel, rather than the younger Greta and Minette. Still, there Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a review copy.The Tea Dragon Society was one of the most adorable children's graphic novels I've ever read, but I confess I was disappointed by the lack of a satisfying plot arc. This prequel rectified my concerns with the previous book while losing none of its charm. I think some reader may be disappointed that the characters who reappear in this volume are the adults, Erik and Hesekiel, rather than the younger Greta and Minette. Still, there are new wonderful characters to meet instead, including Rinn, a nonbinary youth interested in cooking, and Aedhan, a full-size guardian dragon. And, of course, a new set of squee-inducing tea dragons, all set in a beautiful and gentle fantasy world. I think this will be just as popular at my library as the first volume.
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  • Lexi
    January 1, 1970
    I requested this the second I saw it and was very excited to be able to read it despite being much older than the target demographic. I loved the first book and the charming, detailed illustrations. I am pretty sure this is a prequal, even though it has been over a year since I read the first one, and it is wonderful to see a few of the beloved characters again as well as many new ones. The grumpy and inquisitive tea dragons are there as well. The main character is Rinn who is learning to cook a I requested this the second I saw it and was very excited to be able to read it despite being much older than the target demographic. I loved the first book and the charming, detailed illustrations. I am pretty sure this is a prequal, even though it has been over a year since I read the first one, and it is wonderful to see a few of the beloved characters again as well as many new ones. The grumpy and inquisitive tea dragons are there as well. The main character is Rinn who is learning to cook and loves to forage in the forest. On one such trip, she finds a sleeping dragon and invites him back to the village as the village prepares for a festival. I love the tea dragons and deeply want one. Otherwise, I recommend this to anyone regardless of age for its charming story and the illustrations of a beautiful, magical world.
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  • Felix Hommy Gonzalez
    January 1, 1970
    Just as magical, gentle, diverse and charming as The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival is a graphic novel that feels like a warm hug.This is a beautifully illustrated story about community, new opportunities and finding your purpose.The story is actually a prequel to The Tea Dragon Society, with a different cast of characters (except for an awesome couple) and a different (but just as beautiful) story. You don’t need to read Society to read Festival, but please do, because they’re both Just as magical, gentle, diverse and charming as The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival is a graphic novel that feels like a warm hug.This is a beautifully illustrated story about community, new opportunities and finding your purpose.The story is actually a prequel to The Tea Dragon Society, with a different cast of characters (except for an awesome couple) and a different (but just as beautiful) story. You don’t need to read Society to read Festival, but please do, because they’re both wonderful.This is the book that I want to read the days that I’m feeling down or grumpy. It’s full of love and peace and warmth. It’s exactly how I wish our world would look and feel every single day.Perfect for kids and adults. I can’t recommend it enough. ***I received a digital ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
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