Tuesday, October 9, 2018

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: There's a Dragon in Your Book/The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight/ Be Kind

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ABOUT THE BOOK

OH NO! There's a dragon in this picture book by bestselling author, YouTube star, and musician Tom Fletcher--author of There's a Monster in Your Book!

First, there's an egg in your book. Then the cutest baby dragon you've ever seen hatches from it. But don't tickle its nose, and whatever you do, don't let it sneeze! ACHOO! OH MY!

Tom Fletcher's infectious read-aloud invites kids to use their powers of imagination--along with some stamping, blowing, and flapping--to save their book from an adorable little dragon's flammable sneezes! Children will be delighted to participate in this satisfying tale, a sequel to There's a Monster in Your Book.


REVIEW

This cute interactive book revolves around an egg that hatches into an adorable little dragon.  But as anyone with pets knows cute often means messy and hard to care for.  And in this case, the dragon offers another challenge: fire!  And fire and books don't go well together.  But never fear, the power of imagination comes to the rescue. This book is bound to be enjoyed by youngsters who enjoy physically and mentally interacting with what they see and hear.  This would work well as a story time book as well, with the teacher/librarian encouraging students to close their eyes and imagine their way out of the difficulties the baby dragon causes. Combine with other fun dragon stories for a rip, roaring good time. 


ABOUT THE BOOK


Can knights and dragons ever be friends?

When a strange-looking creature splash lands in the lake, a kind young boy rushes to the rescue. But this is no ordinary boy, he's a knight in training! And the strange creature is a young dragon, on his very first hunt for a nibblesome knight...


REVIEW

Woollard has written a cute story about a dragon and a knight, born to be enemies, who become friends, not knowing who the other is until afterwards.  A young dragon is sent out to find a knight to nibble on.  After getting caught in a storm and crashing, a young knight comes to his rescue, but without his armor on.  The knight rescues the dragon thinking he's a duck.  And of course, out of his armor, the boy doesn't look anything like a knight.  When the misunderstanding is discovered, the two realize that their societies expect them to fight, but can they really fight each other after getting to know each other a bit?  The illustrations are adorable and really highlight the challenge that the dragon and knight face confronted with the so-called enemy.  I loved the theme as well.  The theme of course revolves around the idea that once you get to know someone, it's a lot harder to be enemies, when that enemy relationship is based on incorrect ideas.


ABOUT THE BOOK

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend.

REVIEW

With so much ugliness in the world today, kindness has become more important than ever.  But sometimes we don't know how.  In this story, a young girl witnesses a fellow student spill a drink on herself and the rest of the students laughing about it.  She remembers her mother's advice to be kind, so she doesn't.  And when her first effort to be kind doesn't seem to work, she's not sure what to do.  While she works on a project in art class, she wonders about what it means to be kind.  After thinking about what kindness means, she tries again to reach out to Tanisha.  I enjoyed this book for several reasons.  First, I loved the story about a girl trying to be kind, even though it takes more than one effort to succeed.  I also loved all the different ways she comes up with to be kind to the people in her life.  And third, I loved the theme that small kind acts can change the world in big ways.  And the illustrations are darling as well.  That makes the book a real winner in my book. 

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