Lottie, St Michael and the Lonely Dragon

A Story about Courage

Beatrys Lockie; Illustrated by Sandra Klaassen

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  • A charming story about a brave child who sees the good in a ferocious dragon, which encourages children not to judge too quickly
  • This tale of bravery, kindness and a dragon is ideal for storytime during Michaelmas celebrations
  • Includes warm, energetic and captivating illustrations from Sandra Klaassen, creator of Uan the Little Lamb, Peg the Little Sheepdog and Finn the Little Seal

Lottie has a plan to save her town from an angry, fire-breathing dragon, with the help of St Michael, in this heart-warming tale about courage and looking beneath the surface. Perfect for Michaelmas, with lively illustrations from Sandra Klaassen.

276 x 230 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
17 Aug 2023


Lottie is apple picking when a large, angry, fire-breathing dragon appears, wanting to eat her for breakfast! As the townsfolk rush to hide from the beast within their high walls only Lottie wonders why the dragon is so fierce: could it just be lonely?

The Mayor doesn’t listen and calls on St Michael to slay the dragon. Can brave Lottie convince the great knight of her plan to save both the town and the dragon?

This is a charming story about courage, defying expectations and looking beneath the surface which is perfect for sharing with younger children during Michaelmas, and all year round. The beautiful illustrations by Sandra Klaassen, creator of the much-loved picture books Uan the Little Lamb and Peg the Little Sheepdog, are lively, soft and enchanting.


'A lovely book in every way, and will make a great addition to your seasonal festival story repertoire. The illustrations by Sandra Klaassen are just delightful.'
-- BLÁTHÚ Steiner Early Childhood Association

'We always enjoy Beatrys Lockie's books and stories, and this one is no exception.'
-- Kindling

'A heartwarming story about bravery and how sometimes we need to look beyond the things that can be seen... I highly recommend this beautiful story because courage and kindness are something that we need to teach children.'
-- OurWorldOfWonder (Instagram)

'We have been charmed by this story about offering kindness. I was also impressed that Lottie doesn't overcome fear, it’s the way she is: a brave young female character.'
-- StorybookMamma (Instagram)

'A heartwarming and enchanting children's book that takes young readers on a magical journey filled with friendship, courage, and kindness... Each page is a work of art, with a whimsical and dreamlike quality that perfectly complements the story. The pacing is well-structured, and the layout incorporates text and illustrations in a harmonious manner. It is not only an engaging story but also a valuable lesson for young readers. It encourages empathy, understanding, and the importance of looking beyond appearances.'
-- BusyBusyLearning (Instagram)


Beatrys Lockie (1927-2023) was born in The Netherlands and began to tell stories at an early age. After moving to the UK Beatrys married Edinburgh-born James Lockie and they had five children. Once the children had grown, together the family rebuilt an 18th-century stable block in Lamancha, Peebleshire. As well as being a talented weaver and spinner, Beatrys was a class teacher at Edinburgh Steiner School until her retirement. She lived with her family in the Scottish Borders for many years.

Sandra Klaassen was born in 1959 in the Netherlands but lived for many years on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, from where she drew her inspiration for Scottish picture books Peg the Little Sheepdog and Uan the Little Lamb. She has illustrated over thirty children's books.

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