The Journey Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by British author and illustrator James Norbury is the companion book to Big Panda and Tiny Dragon. Based on companionship, courage, and adventure it is a book for all ages.
Prior to reading this tale, I purchased Big Panda and Tiny Dragon as I wanted to get to know the characters. I had no preconceived ideas and I am glad I didn’t as the story and pictures speak for themselves.
After spending a year together through the seasons Big Panda and Tiny Dragons are back in their temple high in the mountains. Over time Tiny Dragon begins to feel despondent and tells Big Panda his worries. They decide to set off on a journey across the lands and find their new home.
On their path of discovery, they come across many stumbling blocks and uncertainty. When they are faced with danger, they rely on their friendship and encourage each other to keep going. Big Panda and Tiny Dragons remember why they started and realise how far they have come to reach the most beautiful destination.
I really enjoyed the detail held within the illustrations, the images are so powerful and put the story across perfectly. I love art because of its ability to express emotions, moods, and stories. Expressing the story artistically rather than just words is very creative, it makes the narrative come alive and allows you to see the characters and their life from a different perspective and it makes you feel connected.
The story is magical, it shows us to have conviction in our abilities and to face challenges knowing that we might fall; to continue onwards alongside our worries, that is bravery, and that is the cornerstone of building resilience and self-belief.
I feel Norbury has really thought about this story, it will help people of all ages to open their imagination to the unknown and think of adventures they could go on, whilst you may encounter all sorts of obstacles in life, feel tired, wary, and want to quit, you must take a leap of faith and trust in your ability to survive it.
I highly recommend this inspiring and motivational novel.
Thank you, Beauty & Lace, and Penguin Books Australia for the opportunity to read and review.
FOOTNOTE: James Norbury began illustrating the adventures of Big Panda and Tiny Dragon, inspired by Buddhist philosophy, to share the ideas that helped him through difficult times, in the hope they could help others too.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading The Journey by James Norbury. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.