“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.”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
Well folks, The Tea Dragon Society is just about the most wholesome, enchanting graphic novel I have ever read. If you’re looking for a cute, light, graphic novel, look no further.
First we meet Greta, who is training as a blacksmith apprentice. Greta happens upon a tiny dragon, which leads her to a quaint house in the woods that belongs to the last two members of the Tea Dragon Society, Hesekiel and Erik. She learns all about making tea from tea dragons, and befriends the shop owners and a girl who lives with them.
There isn’t all that much in the way of a story or a plot, but the whimsy comes from the illustrations and the character details. For example, Hesekiel is a goat/llama, Greta has two horns, her friend Minette has one horn, you can’t really tell genders and ages, and so on. Who are these people and where exactly are they from? It isn’t explained, but I love it just the same. Their world looks like ours and they appear to just be cute, diverse characters doing their thing and living their lives, aka, The Dream.
I loved the illustrations so much! But the best part has to be the Tea Dragon Handbook at the end of the story. It tells you all about tea dragons, tea dragon leaves, dragon daily life. There’s also an illustrated guide to types of tea dragons and I have to say, I think my life is severely lacking without a hibiscus tea dragon or a peppermint tea dragon. I would have liked to see some of this incorporated into the story somehow, but it was a delight all the same. I’m looking forward to reading book two, The Tea Dragon Festival next!