Book of the week: Oscar the Dragon by Desmond McMullen

London Mumsbook of the week is Oscar the Dragon by Desmond McMullen. A captivating tale filled with messages for self-doubting youngsters.

Oscar the Dragon bursts with messages of friendship and that help is always at hand, and shares a youngster’s journey from feeling lonely and not fitting in anywhere, to becoming a confident and self-aware young dragon ready for anything.

 With the prevalence of self-doubt and loneliness, bullying other mental conditions showing now sign of abating in our children, Oscar the Dragon will resonate with many of its young readers.

Book of the week: Oscar the Dragon by Desmond McMullen

Sharing a story the author first developed a quarter of a century ago, Desmond McMullen’s tale of Oscar takes readers on the transformative journey from its protagonist feeling alone, even with his family by his side, to a young dragon confident of who he is and his place in the world.

Written for those aged 4 to 10 years old and including many full page colourful illustration, Oscar’s story will find favour with independent readers, as well as those for whom bedtime story time with a parent or guardian is the best time of day. And now as a very self-aware young dragon, Oscar will be loved by all. 


The story

Introducing Oscar the Dragon, a charming and entertaining children’s book that teaches important lessons of friendship, self-awareness, and open-mindedness. Oscar is a young dragon who lives in a house full of family members but still feels alone. Through his journey of self-discovery, Oscar learns who he truly is and what is expected of him. This heart-warming story reminds us that while we can’t pick our family, we can choose our friends, and that no matter how bad things get, there is always help available. With its relatable message and lovable characters, Oscar the Dragon is a must-read for kids who may be struggling with feelings of loneliness or self-doubt.


The author says:

“I have many stories to tell but have never held the belief that my work is good enough to be considered for publication. Oscar the Dragon is book is to help children who are having difficulties with mental health issues, feelings of loneliness and self-doubt, or are being bullied. The message is that no matter how bad things get there is always help available.  It is a story that has been on the back burner for over 25 years but now is the time to tell it again.”


Published by Austin Macauley Publishers, Oscar the Dragon is available in paperback (ISBN No: 978-1398498006) priced £5.99 and Kindle format (£3.50) on Amazon at and
It is also available from other book retailers.


The author

Desmond McMullen is 56 years old. He has had various jobs in his life but mainly as a civil servant with the main focus on customer service for almost 30 years. He is now full time carer for his partner who is living with cancer. 

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