Lil’ Merl and the Dastardly Dragon

Flying Eye books have put together a cracking book by Liam Barrett. They refer to it as a story-activity book. I think of it as an adventure in book format.


Lil’ Merl is a young wizard called upon to help rescue the king’s treasure from the claws of a Dastardly Dragon. The reader is whipped along for the ride and tasked with guiding Merl through the story by completing activities along the way.

There’s much to love here. The range of activities is impressive. Word games, mazes, number puzzles, dot to dots, spot the differences, colouring pages and mental challenges, as well as pages that encourage children to let their imagination loose.



I love the mix of story and activity and the imaginative way the puzzles are incorporated into the story. The art work is bright and bold with a contemporary feel and lots to draw children in. The book even feels good! It is big with thick tactile matt pages and raised cover design. Yes, it smells great too – important factors!

Although Liam Barrett has chosen to go down the stereotypical gender role route with his characters, this book oozes kid appeal and will steal the hearts of girls and boys from a wide age range. The puzzles range in difficulty so there’s something here for everyone.

Bright, colourful, packed full of fun, strokeable, and good to sniff. What’s not to love? Beautiful and well-produced, this book would make a stonkingly good present for primary school aged children. But make sure you buy two copies – you’ll want to keep one for yourself!

Source- kindly sent for review by Flying Eye Books/Bounce Marketing.


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