Don’t Ask The Dragon is the story of a little boy called Alem who goes on an adventure. It's his birthday, but who knows where he can go to celebrate it? Maybe the bear, the fox, the treefrog or the bulldog know? But don't ask the dragon... or he will EAT you!

This display explored the collaborative process of creating this delightful picture book, written by Lemn Sissay and illustrated by Greg Stobbs, through original drawings, sketches and ideas. Visitors were invited to see the story grow from the first idea – through explorations and versions of how the main characters would look and move – to the final finished book in which readers follow Alem’s journey as he makes important discoveries, including what it means to feel at home.

But don’t just take our word for it…

‘Lemn’s dragon is one we all need to meet, want to meet. A dragon with kind teeth, a friend-dragon. A Lemn-dragon! We have grandchildren who will love it. Grandpa loved it too’ MICHAEL MORPURGO

‘The story is perfectly matched by the wonderful illustrations and I love the message of home being inside you’ MALORIE BLACKMAN

‘A lovely book, simple and yet profound. There should be a copy in every nursery’ JACQUELINE WILSON