Title: Do Not Take your Dragon to Dinner
Author: Julie Gassman
Publisher Information: Capstone, September 1, 2017
Source: Received an E-Arc from Netgalley
Blurb: We know you shouldn’t take your dragon to the library, but what about taking him out to dinner? After all, dragons need to eat too! But with fiery breath, flapping wings, and pointy spikes, that might not be a good idea! Rhyming text and diverse characters bring the importance of dinner manners to a new level in this colorful picture book by Julie Gassman.
So there are a couple things I really love. Ok, maybe three things. I love picture books. I love dinner. I love dragons. It seemed like a no-brainer for me to request this from Netgalley when I saw the title.
Picture books are amazing. They are beautiful to look at and just as subtle as any of the symbolic classics that are out there. This book is no different. The illustrations by Andy Elkerton are bright and fun. I can see many a child laughing over the antics of the dragons in the book. While going over the reasons why you shouldn’t take your dragon to dinner, it serves as a guide to table manners for the younger crowd.
The story itself is perfect for reading out loud. It is hard for me to read a picture book and not think of reading it to a group of children, so while I am reading it is how I hear it in my head. It flows very well, the rhymes are great and there is the repeated book title which will make it fun to read.
One more thing I would like to touch base on is the diversity represented. I have been asked so many times for book recommendations that showcase a diverse group of characters and this one happily delivers. The book shows children of all backgrounds and cultures with their dragons (and even a poor hipster guy getting whacked with a dragon tail)! It really does warm my heart to see diversity making their way into the picture book world. As a girl who grew up loving dragons, it also makes me pretty excited to see more and more books coming out which shows girls interacting with them as well.
All in all, I loved this book and I will be picking up a copy for my picture book collection when it is released. I can’t wait to read it out loud and giggle as I explain the trials and tribulations of dining out with dragons.
Recommended for: All ages, but definitely 5 and younger.
Rating: 4 stars