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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 enchan 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.


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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 enchan 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.

30 review for The Tea Dragon Festival

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an 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.” Most of you know, that I fell head over heels in love with The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill last year, so when I got my hands on an ARC of this, I knew I had no option but to read it and fall in love with it immediately. And, dear reader, that is exactly what happened. This story, this art, and thesreview. ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an 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.” Most of you know, that I fell head over heels in love with The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill last year, so when I got my hands on an ARC of this, I knew I had no option but to read it and fall in love with it immediately. And, dear reader, that is exactly what happened. This story, this art, and these messages are gifts from above, I swear to you all, and I recommend this companion novel to you all with my whole heart and soul. At the very start of this graphic novel, we see some familiar faces prepping for the tea dragon festival. But this story stars Rinn who, while collecting things, meets a dragon named Aedhan, and invites them to the festival! Meanwhile, Erik and Hesekiel are back and are bounty hunters who are searching for something ancient that can put people to sleep for decades. This is an incredibly diverse work of art. Rinn in nonbinary/genderfluid, Erik and Hesekiel are in a m/m relationship, there is Sign Language being used and being taught to the entire village, and the cast is full of people of color with visible brown skin. The actual blessings. Seeing Aedhan teach Rinn about how dragons can shift between genders was something more beautiful that words to me. Also, seeing Aedhan help Rinn see that they are worthy and have so much value, and that they should never feel lesser for getting enjoyment and pride from gathering and forging… I’m still so soft. And this story really puts an emphasis on how you can cook with love, and how preparing and sharing food can be something so intimate and so filled with unconditional love and joy. Overall, I really just think that this is a masterpiece. The art is truly on another level as well, and it fills my heart and soul with so much happiness. I also just really appreciate the reminder that you are always needed, and you are always worthy of value and love. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch ❤ I read this for The Reading Rush, 2019!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    This was just as beautiful, whimsical, diverse & cute as The Tea Dragon Society. This made me feel so happy & cosy. I got an ARC of this from Oni Press at BookExpo. It comes out September 17th!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Absolutely adorable. Katie O'Neill can do no wrong in my eyes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    Thanks to Oni Press for the advanced review copy! Katie O'Neill can do no wrong. This book was so stinking cute from the art style to the positivity to the inclusivity and the dragons. I think I enjoyed it better than book one. This world is so magical and transporting and uplifting, and I love how people of different genders and sexualities and disabilities are seamlessly folded in. There were certain panels in this book that spoke to me so much as an adult even though this is written for ch Thanks to Oni Press for the advanced review copy! Katie O'Neill can do no wrong. This book was so stinking cute from the art style to the positivity to the inclusivity and the dragons. I think I enjoyed it better than book one. This world is so magical and transporting and uplifting, and I love how people of different genders and sexualities and disabilities are seamlessly folded in. There were certain panels in this book that spoke to me so much as an adult even though this is written for children, it's that good. I highly recommend this for any age range, and if you at all enjoyed the first book, I think this companion would highly interest you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Comics by Katie O'Neill just fill me with such deep happiness and peace that I want everyone in the world to read them. 😭💛The art is so so beautiful and magical, especially the foresty parts here...I felt like they were glowing off the page?! And the overall softness of the style the warm colours, and the expressions that so perfectly capture emotions (they're lovingly surprised faces when kindness happens just makes my heart swell). Look, I definitely am not an artist, but I can appreciate art Comics by Katie O'Neill just fill me with such deep happiness and peace that I want everyone in the world to read them. 😭💛The art is so so beautiful and magical, especially the foresty parts here...I felt like they were glowing off the page?! And the overall softness of the style the warm colours, and the expressions that so perfectly capture emotions (they're lovingly surprised faces when kindness happens just makes my heart swell). Look, I definitely am not an artist, but I can appreciate art 1000% and the Tea Dragon series is my favourite ever! And I also have to mention the beautiful inclusivity, with characters who are queer, a nonbinary protagonist, all skin colours but especially brown and black characters, and deafness and gender fluidity. It's beautiful and loving and carefully crafted. These comics are a soft journey of wishes and beauty and I love every page!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Beautifully illustrated and charming. This is my first book by Katie O'Neill, but now I would really like to try to find her previous work, which I'm sure is going to be fantastic. Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    "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." A stunning addition to my favourite graphic novel series of all time. It's worth the read for the art alone. It's absolutely S T U N N I N G ✨ The story itself is so beautiful and heartwarming with effortlessly diverse characters. The main character uses they/them pronouns, sign language is used within the story, there's a m/m side romanc "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." A stunning addition to my favourite graphic novel series of all time. It's worth the read for the art alone. It's absolutely S T U N N I N G ✨ The story itself is so beautiful and heartwarming with effortlessly diverse characters. The main character uses they/them pronouns, sign language is used within the story, there's a m/m side romance and lots of people of colour, not to mention genderfluid dragons! I'd honestly recommend this series to anyone, it's appropriate for people of all ages, including children and is so wholesome I just want to weep with joy every time I read these books. Thank you Katie O'Neill for adding another book to this wonderful series. I hope there's more coming! Thank you to NetGalley & Oni Press for the review copy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    More adorableness and heart-warming Tea Dragon Society world from Katie O’Neill in New Zealand, which I have yet to visit but I know must be full of magic and natural beauty. Oh, I know about that mosque massacre, but O’Neill creates an almost aggressively peace-loving antidote to hate that is less (again) about narrative and more about world-building principles for living in love and harmony. And tea, yep, expect a companion volume soon of tea dragon teas (from he antlers of the dragons, duh!). More adorableness and heart-warming Tea Dragon Society world from Katie O’Neill in New Zealand, which I have yet to visit but I know must be full of magic and natural beauty. Oh, I know about that mosque massacre, but O’Neill creates an almost aggressively peace-loving antidote to hate that is less (again) about narrative and more about world-building principles for living in love and harmony. And tea, yep, expect a companion volume soon of tea dragon teas (from he antlers of the dragons, duh!). This is ALL about the queering of the fairy tale, and kids, and people with various disabilities, colors, and sexual orientations. Main character Rinn is genderfluid, Erik and Hesekiel are gay, and oh we add in ASL (sign language) that is being taught to the entire village. Rinn finds Aedhan. a young dragon who was supposed to protect the village but fell asleep eighty years ago. Aedhan and Rinn become friends. Aedhan teaches us that dragons can shift between genders! And yes, because maybe people were asking, I’m sure: Aren’t dragons sort of these fire-breathing monsters that need to be slayed?! Well, yes, those are a different type of dragon, kids! Some are angry, and some are well, mellow! For younger children, maybe, but feels like all-ages in its widening appeal. You will not read a gentler, sweeter story this year.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    5 cute stars This is one of the most precious, wholesome things that I've ever read and I will definitely be pulling this sweet graphic novel out again on a gloomy day. Art: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★★ Following Katie O'Neill's smash hit The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival expands on the world of tea dragons and the villagers who care for them in this sweet story that can be read as a standalone companion. Rinn is an aspiring cook in her village. One day, while foraging for mushrooms in the/>/> 5 cute stars This is one of the most precious, wholesome things that I've ever read and I will definitely be pulling this sweet graphic novel out again on a gloomy day. Art: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★★ Following Katie O'Neill's smash hit The Tea Dragon Society, The Tea Dragon Festival expands on the world of tea dragons and the villagers who care for them in this sweet story that can be read as a standalone companion. Rinn is an aspiring cook in her village. One day, while foraging for mushrooms in the enchanted woods, Rinn discovers a sleeping dragon. She accidentally wakes him up, and finds out that he has been in an enchanted sleep for 80 years! Aedhan, the dragon, is quick to realize how much of the village's life he's missed and is eager to learn more from Rinn. Cue the cutest dragon/human exploits to ever occur in a graphic novel. I loved so many aspects of this novel. But a few of them stand out, including the wonderful diversity in representations of gender, race, and disabilities. One of the characters relies on American Sign Language to communicate and several of the dialogue scenes reflect this character's ASL and the community's integration of that form of communication. Discussions of gender and sexuality are done with a deft hand, and are easily understood by any age level—I continue to love the author's ability to paint such a loving portrait of acceptance in all forms. I can't wait for the next installment in this blissfully happy and uncomplicated world. More dragons, please! ***** Original notes: Yes!!! Can't wait to read the second story in this world. The Tea Dragon Society was one of my surprise favorites. Thank you so much to Oni Press via NetGalley for an eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾

    I want to thank NetGalley for sending me and advanced digital copy of this book. There is a small village, among the mountains, where people live a peaceful life, collecting food from the forest and taking care of the moody, naughty, wonderful tea dragons. What a surprise they'll have when, one day, they'll find a full-size dragon who's been asleep for 80 years and declares his duty to take care of the village and all its inhabitants! I want to thank NetGalley for sending me and advanced digital copy of this book. There is a small village, among the mountains, where people live a peaceful life, collecting food from the forest and taking care of the moody, naughty, wonderful tea dragons. What a surprise they'll have when, one day, they'll find a full-size dragon who's been asleep for 80 years and declares his duty to take care of the village and all its inhabitants! This comic is a companion volume to the well-known and well-loved Tea Dragon Society, which I recently read and absolutely adored. The artwork, the colouring, the character design; the creatures, the dialogues, the wholesomeness and, last but not least, the effortless representation of every possible human (and not 😋) colour, orientation, disability... oh my! Great, beautiful, sweet experience!! 💜 I could not stress more how much I love this series! I feel blessed to have received this arc. I will recommend this book to absolutely everyone! Wonderful ❤️💛💚💙💜

  11. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Katie O’Neill so far, and this was, of course, no exception. It was so lovely to return to the world of the tea dragons, and I can’t even describe how pleased I was that, despite mostly following new characters, we get to spend a little more time with (much younger versions of) Erik and Hesekiel. ♥ This was every bit as precious as I thought it would be, and it added in something new: sign language! Some of the characters actually use a mixture of I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Katie O’Neill so far, and this was, of course, no exception. It was so lovely to return to the world of the tea dragons, and I can’t even describe how pleased I was that, despite mostly following new characters, we get to spend a little more time with (much younger versions of) Erik and Hesekiel. ♥ This was every bit as precious as I thought it would be, and it added in something new: sign language! Some of the characters actually use a mixture of spoken word and American Sign Language when they talk, and there are even ASL resources in the back of the book. It was such a sweet, lovely form of inclusion for Katie to add and just made me love her work that much more. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    An absolutely precious graphic novel. Katie O’Neill just can’t go wrong with their messages and art-they’re both stunning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    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 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!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    So, so, so cute! Really enjoyed this prequel story. It just made my heart so happy to be back in this work again!

  15. 5 out of 5

    E.

    ★★★★★ | 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| ★★★★★ | 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! __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    I think in a technical sense this was a superior story than the companion, THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, but I also loved how THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY was more flowery. This was a little more plains-y mountain-y. But also...it had the floofiest grumpy tea dragon ever and I love that dragon with 99% of my heart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    Thank you to Oni Press and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. I’d heard everyone raving about The Tea Dragon Society earlier this year so when I got the opportunity to read this beauty early I of course took it. This whole book just feels so warm. There is really no better way to describe it. It just brings such a smile on my face. The soft and warm colors work so well with the art style and the story. I had to get used to the art Thank you to Oni Press and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway. I’d heard everyone raving about The Tea Dragon Society earlier this year so when I got the opportunity to read this beauty early I of course took it. This whole book just feels so warm. There is really no better way to describe it. It just brings such a smile on my face. The soft and warm colors work so well with the art style and the story. I had to get used to the art style a little. It is very round and soft. No hard angles which I’m not used to but again, it works incredibly well with the story and the characters. As for the story, this is a companion book. I haven’t read The Tea Dragon Society but I did see that this follows different characters. It is very easy to read this book without having read the first one. In this book we follow Rinn who grew up with the Tea Dragons. She is trying to learn how to cook so she can do more than ‘just’ collect ingredients and herbs. Out during a trip she finds a dragon who has been asleep for 80 years. Rinn helps Aedhan feel welcome back into the world where Aedhan helps her to see that she does have a gift. There is so much inclusivity in this book that is added in such a normalized way. It was beautiful to read. There is a deaf character for whom most in the village have learned sign language which is also shown on the page. There is poc and lgtbq+ rep. There are non-binary and genderfluid characters. And everything is accepted as it is. All in all yes The Tea Dragon Festival is one I a 100% recommend for anyone!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Acqua

    I liked this more than the first one! The Tea Dragon Festival is a companion prequel to the graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society, featuring both old and new characters and just as many adorable dragons. The art is gorgeous (and there were fungi and beautiful woods! I loved that a lot.) This time, the story follows a genderfluid main character who loves gathering food from the forest, and a confused dragon who woke up after eighty years of sleep. The story was cute, but what made it truly stand out was how it I liked this more than the first one! The Tea Dragon Festival is a companion prequel to the graphic novel The Tea Dragon Society, featuring both old and new characters and just as many adorable dragons. The art is gorgeous (and there were fungi and beautiful woods! I loved that a lot.) This time, the story follows a genderfluid main character who loves gathering food from the forest, and a confused dragon who woke up after eighty years of sleep. The story was cute, but what made it truly stand out was how it normalized queerness and sign language. Also, it's so refreshing to read about a world in which people of many different ethnicities coexist and the world doesn't always default to western customs - see which kinds of food was drawn and sometimes the eating utensils, for example. Another thing I really appreciated was that this graphic novel said that just because something is easy for you, it doesn't mean it has no value. More than anything, this is a story about community, and finding your own place in it, and I thought it was wonderful. The only thing I didn't love was the part at the end that attempted to explain dragon taxonomy, made a mess in which it mixed up species and subspecies, and capitalized specific epithets. I kind of wish it hadn't been there at all, because I care about that sort of thing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julia Sapphire

    -beautiful art style -cute romance -memory loss element -friendship/bonding this. was. beautiful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley, Oni Press and Katie O'Neill for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. Ohh the beauty of this is amazing! There is so much to love about this Graphic Novel. The story is so good it leaves you feeling quite happy once you have finished reading it. The illustrations are just absolutely stunning! I could spend ages just looking at the pictures. The colouring and just the artwork themselves are truly beautiful. I really love Midd *thank you to Netgalley, Oni Press and Katie O'Neill for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. Ohh the beauty of this is amazing! There is so much to love about this Graphic Novel. The story is so good it leaves you feeling quite happy once you have finished reading it. The illustrations are just absolutely stunning! I could spend ages just looking at the pictures. The colouring and just the artwork themselves are truly beautiful. I really love Middle Grade Dragon themed stories and this didn't disappoint me. This is my second book by this author and once again, she's given us a winner. Definitely recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. What an utterly delightful story, and what a gift to the world is Katie O'Neill! The Tea Dragon Festival is a companion-prequel to The Tea Dragon Society and it follows Rinn (they/them), who is an aspiring cook, and a Dragon (not a small tea dragon!) who's been asleep for too long. We also see a young Erik and Hesekiel in their bounty hunters days and they're just as cute as I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. What an utterly delightful story, and what a gift to the world is Katie O'Neill! The Tea Dragon Festival is a companion-prequel to The Tea Dragon Society and it follows Rinn (they/them), who is an aspiring cook, and a Dragon (not a small tea dragon!) who's been asleep for too long. We also see a young Erik and Hesekiel in their bounty hunters days and they're just as cute as you might imagine if you've read TTDS. There's also a side character who uses Sign Language and the whole village has learned SL because of her and it's like, no big deal to them and it was so endearing to see. As always the author has created a rich and inclusive world that radiates the positivity we so desperately need sometimes with escapism nowadays. This is both great for a younger audience and for everyone else who's just looking to read a wonderful diverse story and look at seriously cute art. I can't recommend it enough!

  22. 5 out of 5

    bella ϟ [ bella farren ]

    5 / 5 stars "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." This was everything I hoped for, it was like a warm hug and it gave me a serious case of the warm and fuzzies (just like The Tea Dragon Society). I fell in love with the new characters, and I adored the prequel for the characters in the Tea Dragon Society. I especially loved how effortlessly the author incorporated diversity. The main character used they/them prstars 5 / 5 stars "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." This was everything I hoped for, it was like a warm hug and it gave me a serious case of the warm and fuzzies (just like The Tea Dragon Society). I fell in love with the new characters, and I adored the prequel for the characters in the Tea Dragon Society. I especially loved how effortlessly the author incorporated diversity. The main character used they/them pronouns and SIGN LANGUAGE WAS USED. IN A GRAPHIC NOVEL. And it was beautiful. The whole thing was beautiful. This is without a doubt my favourite graphic novel series, the art is so serene and calming. I received an eARC from netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest opinion!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I truly love this story and all the dragons that Katie O'Neill has magically crafted. The guide at the end is especially fun because you can learn a little more about dragons featured throughout without the characters having to over-explain. I truly love this author's works and can't wait for the next graphic she comes out with. I received an ecopy of this through netgalley; however, all opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maraia

    I always adore Katie O’Neill’s illustrations, and this one has my favorite story yet. It was just so sweet and cozy and effortlessly diverse. I definitely recommend it, regardless of your age!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ea

    I live a tea dragon-appreciation life. There's just something about them. The Tea Dragon Society remains a favourite of mine, and it's a book I return to on cloudy days when I'm cranky because it's got magical healing properties and always cheers me up. Does that colour my appreciation for The Tea Dragon Festival? Probably not, because it's pretty darn good all on its own. Rinn, the main character in TDF, is an aspiring cook living in a village where they, obviously, have tea dragons galore. How I live a tea dragon-appreciation life. There's just something about them. The Tea Dragon Society remains a favourite of mine, and it's a book I return to on cloudy days when I'm cranky because it's got magical healing properties and always cheers me up. Does that colour my appreciation for The Tea Dragon Festival? Probably not, because it's pretty darn good all on its own. Rinn, the main character in TDF, is an aspiring cook living in a village where they, obviously, have tea dragons galore. However, one day when she's out gathering ingredients in the woods, she stumbles upon an actual dragon, Aedhan, who's been asleep for eighty years. With help from Rinn's uncle, Erik, and his partner Hesekiel (who we know from TDS) they try to solve the mystery of the enchanted sleep - all while trying to help Aedhan come to terms with all the time he has lost. While the tea dragons are the most adorable things and all the characters are actual angelic sweethearts who must be protected, what really struck me about this was the use of sign language between the characters. It's obvious in the panels but never intrusive and, you know, "obvious", and in the review copy I received there were several pages about sign language-related things in front of the book (where this will be in the final edition I obviously don't know, but it made me so happy). As someone who is hard-of-hearing, that was just so, so wonderful. All in all a new favourite pick-me-up of mine - definitely don't miss out on this, guys. Please, for all that is pure and sweet (here I'm thinking specifically tea dragons because let's be real), do not miss out. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ali Corvere

    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 their village. During their time in the forest, they accidentally awaken a Dragon named Aedhan who w 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 their village. During their time in the forest, they accidentally awaken 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**

  27. 4 out of 5

    Veronika

    The Tea Dragon Festival is the loveliest little book I've seen in a long time. It made my heart melt and flutter and brought so much happiness and joy. The drawings are gorgeous, the atmosphere is incredible, and I only wish I could visit this beautiful and magical world, where dragons and tea dragons exist. I loved everything about this, and I can't wait to get the book into my hands, so I could melt over the cutest Tea Dragons again and again and again <3 Thank you so much Oni Press and Net The Tea Dragon Festival is the loveliest little book I've seen in a long time. It made my heart melt and flutter and brought so much happiness and joy. The drawings are gorgeous, the atmosphere is incredible, and I only wish I could visit this beautiful and magical world, where dragons and tea dragons exist. I loved everything about this, and I can't wait to get the book into my hands, so I could melt over the cutest Tea Dragons again and again and again <3 Thank you so much Oni Press and Netgalley for letting me read this amazing book sooner. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

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    Thank you to Oni Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! ─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ─── The Tea Dragon Festival is another inclusive, stunning fantastical graphic novel from Katie O'Neill. Following a young girl who encounters a sleeping dragon in the woods one day, she later helps them assimilate to life after deep slumber for 80 years. Katie O'Neill's art is so stunning, I just want to stare at it for hours. I loved how effortlessly diverse this was, including the deaf character and u Thank you to Oni Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! ─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ─── The Tea Dragon Festival is another inclusive, stunning fantastical graphic novel from Katie O'Neill. Following a young girl who encounters a sleeping dragon in the woods one day, she later helps them assimilate to life after deep slumber for 80 years. Katie O'Neill's art is so stunning, I just want to stare at it for hours. I loved how effortlessly diverse this was, including the deaf character and use of sign language. There were even explanations at the beginning for how to read the sign language panels, and resources at the end that were kid-friendly. It's amazing that younger children have the opportunity to read something like this, especially positive representations where the town actively chooses to learn sign language for this character. There isn't much else to say because these graphic novels are always short, magical, and whimsical. It's something you could read in an hour and I highly recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    McKinlay Dennis

    I honestly don’t think it’s fair that i can’t have a tea dragon. I’m a good person. I deserve.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    Katie O'Neill’s The Tea Dragon Festival is a charming fantasy filled with dragons, tea dragons, friendship, and community. This gentle book features pretty artwork, lovely characters, and excellent representation for several groups. I love this book but I wish the storyline had a little more depth. Rinn is a young aspiring cook living in the mountain. They are skilled in finding the best herbs and vegetables in the forest. Rinn has grown up with the adorable Tea Dragons that live in their village but th Katie O'Neill’s The Tea Dragon Festival is a charming fantasy filled with dragons, tea dragons, friendship, and community. This gentle book features pretty artwork, lovely characters, and excellent representation for several groups. I love this book but I wish the storyline had a little more depth. Rinn is a young aspiring cook living in the mountain. They are skilled in finding the best herbs and vegetables in the forest. Rinn has grown up with the adorable Tea Dragons that live in their village but they have never encountered a real dragon before. One day in the forest, Rinn stumbles upon Aedhan, a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village eighty years ago. However, Aedhan fell into an enchanted sleep. Rinn’s uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel set out to uncover the mysterious creature causing the enchanted sleep. Meanwhile, Rinn helps Aedhan come to terms with his lost time. This is such a unique and gentle reading experience. I love the warm sentiments of community, friendship, inclusivity, and acceptance running throughout the book. I love the book’s simple and unhurried plot. However, I wish the subplot with Erik and Hesekiel’s search for the elusive magical creature was more developed. I want to learn more about the forest and magic. The characters are lovely, well-written, and so diverse! I love how seamlessly O’Neill includes numerous characters of colour as well as those with disabilities and different gender identities and sexualities. I particularly like the prominent featuring of American sign language into the book. I like the dynamics among all the characters but I love the sweet and giving friendship between Aedhan and Rinn. They both learn and grow from their interactions with each other. Aedhan’s development is well-done. I like how nicely he fits into Rinn’s family and Silverleaf village. I love generous and kind Rinn but I would have liked to see her personal journey more developed. My favourite part of this book is the whimsical and gorgeous artwork which perfectly complements the sweet story. The panels are nicely detailed with soft and warm colours. The tea dragons are adorably designed! The Tea Dragon Festival is a beautiful, diverse, and heart-warming read that is perfect for all ages. You will absolutely want to move into this lovely world! I can’t wait to read more of Katie O’Neill’s work! Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for this book in exchange for an honest review. 🐉 🐉 🐉 🐉 ½ tea dragons out of 5!

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