Narrator: Andrea Emmes
Publisher: Catherine Cruzan (2015)
Length: 40 minutes
Udon is the little mischievous water dragon at the center of this fun story. He only interacts with Sakura, a high school kid whose family owns a noodle shop. This story is a day in her life.
This is my second Cruzan story and as with Shadow Box there’s plenty here to entertain and perhaps build upon, if the author chooses to. Sakura isn’t the most popular kid at school and there’s a group of boys that like to make her school day that much more unpleasant. Fortunately, she has her little water dragon, Udon, to help her make it through each day. He provides comedy and comfort, as needed.
Sadly though, Sakura’s home life has some issues as well. Her mother is not well and she receives extra teasing for this. The owner of the florist shop next door is also something of a terror, repeatedly accusing Sakura and the members of her family of thievery. Ah, no respite for Sakura! Once again, I am grateful she has her little dragon (that perhaps only she can see).
Of course, there is a young lad, Jun, that she has a little crush on. He’s a bit mysterious and we don’t learn much about him. Still, this little school crush is one more thing that helps get Sakura through the day. I enjoyed the unexpected depth to this short tale – Sakura has both minor and major things to worry her. Over all, it was a delightful little story. It definitely feels like Episode 1 to something bigger, so I hope the author continues on with another installment.
I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
The Narration: Andrea Emmes was great as Sakura. She had the perfect young lady’s voice for this teen character. Also, there were several Japanese words and proper names that Emmes pronounced without flaw. Her male voices were believable and distinct. I loved her voice for Udon.
What I Liked: Fun little story; unexpected depth; Sakura has more than 1 thing to worry about; Udon is the perfect little companion; plenty of room to build upon this story.
What I Disliked: Nothing – it was a great little tale!