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Sébastien Bourbeau
The True Story of the Komodo Dragon
The experimental fiction novel The True Story of the Komodo Dragon follows a young creature on his jaunty, playful quest toward self-discovery. Written by a young author (, Sébastien Bourbeau will inspire children everywhere. The book is tailored for grade 4 - 6 students, and a teacher's classroom resource PDF file can be downloaded from the website Teachers' page: ( Visit the website for more information and for reviews by students, teachers and parents.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: The plot is innovative and delightful. Giving voice to Squeak is intriguing, and his adventurous quest provides plenty of entertainment and excitement.

Prose: Bourbeau delivers scenes that are imaginative and rich with visual detail, alongside amusing dialogue developed from an innocent and witty voice.

Originality: The conversation between the animals in this story is both engaging and immersive, giving the book a creative edge.

Character/Execution: Bourbeau's characters are well-developed, likable, and diverting—and Squeak's transformation to Ignatius is a memorable journey.

Date Submitted: May 12, 2023

Reviewed by:

Ho Lin, author of 'China Girl' at Foreword Clarion Review