Best-selling author Hilary McKay explores in a highly imaginative way, the fears and anxieties which small children can feel when the house is dark and full of shadows.
There's a dragon downstairs at Sophie's house. She knows he is there. She can hear him rattling and snuffling - slinking through the rooms. She is scared, and hides beneath the bedclothes. But when he comes again, Sophie grows bolder... she picks up her sword and shield. She will go downstairs and fight that dragon.
This is a book about childhood imaginings. Sophie grows braver through the story and the dragon of course is no longer there.
...an engaging bedtime tale... charming and comforting... - Publisher's Weekly
Beautifully illustrated and sure to be a winner - Derby Evening Telegraph
A heart-warming story about confronting night-time fears. - The Evening Echo
...children will find a new and believable friend in Sophie. - NY Times
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Hilary McKay grew up in a household of readers and read voraciously from an early age. After studying Botany and Zoology at St Andrews University, she went on to work as a biochemist, but always wanted to write. Hilary's novels have won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Award and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family.