Thursday, October 27, 2016

DRAGON WAS TERRIBLE by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Lexile     AD370          Pages     40          Ages     5 - 7
AR Quiz No. 184169 EN Fiction 
IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Dragon is terrible. I mean, SUPER terrible. "How terrible is he?" you ask. Well, I'll tell you! He does things like stomp on flowers. He spits on cupcakes! He takes candy from baby unicorns! He toilet-papers the castle! He scribbles in books!! (Oh, the horror!) 

Finally, the king has had enough. "Enough!" he says. He posts a notice to all the brave knights offering a reward to "whoever shall tame the terrible dragon. It shall be a gift. A nice gift. The knights try, but fail.

The same offer is made to the townsfolk, who also fail. And with each failure, Dragon's naughtiness escalates.

A young boy in the village has also had enough. He also has an idea. He writes a story. Then, he lays a trail of marshmallows to lure the dragon to the tree where he is reading the story. "And then the brave dragon swooped in to save the princess . . ." he reads.

"Whaaaat??" Dragon tries to act all nonchalant like he isn't listening. He shuffles cards, he walks away (but not too far away!), and when a crowd starts to gather under the tree he sneaks in (can a big, fire-breathing dragon really sneak?) and climbs the tree to hear the story without being seen. The only problem is, he's too big for the tree and the branch breaks, dumping him, roaring, into the crowd. The crowd gasps in horror but the boy just calmly asks, "Would you like to hear the end of the story?" And to everyone's surprise, Dragon smiles and sits down nicely with the children to hear the rest of the story.

This is probably the funniest children's book I've read in awhile! While all-in-all Dragon's destructive behavior and acting out isn't acceptable, it's presented in a way that gets that point across but will still have children rolling with laughter. Greg Pizzoli's illustrations are perfect, from the facial expressions, to the tp'd castle, to the Dragon-drawn graffiti (KING IS A BABY.) : )

I like that Dragon is tamed without meanness or violence. It shows children that solutions can be had using peaceful approaches.

You can't go wrong adding Kelly DiPucchio's Dragon Was Terrible to your permanent collection.

Happy Reading, 

Miss Laurie

 Dragon Was Terrible can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.