Source: egalley - publisher in exchange for an honest review; hard cover - local library
Release Date: August 1st, 2016
Challenges: I Love Libraries | I Love Picture Books
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Blurb from goodreads:
Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important and some not so important library etiquette in a very entertaining way."
The title of this book grabbed my attention immediately; I knew I had to read this book. And then there was the cover - how could I resist? I did read a review that gave me pause but I decided to go for it.
The artwork is adorable - cute but not sugary and nicely detailed. It perfectly captures and illuminates the text. There are numerous disasters and near disasters which most young children will find humorous. There are subtle references to the folk song, "Puff the Magic Dragon", such as the library's name. And a delightful bonus was the book's quiet diversity. There are children and adults of different races and a even a child in a wheelchair. What I liked about it was that they were simply part of the story; the author didn't make a big deal out of it.
The text was too long for my class of one year and young two year olds but children four and older would enjoy it. The author's love of reading and libraries is deftly conveyed and should excite some children. The text has rhyme and rhythm but they don't flow and the POV jumps without warning between the librarian and the child. The true treasure in this book is the artwork; it made me smile and laugh.
I got an egalley from the publisher for review but couldn't open it so I got the book from my library after it was released.