BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bea Reviews Do NOT Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman & Andy Elkerton

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Do NOT Bring Your Dragon to the Library, Julie Gassman, Andy Elkerton
Publisher: Capstone
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."

My Thoughts:

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.


  1. I saw this title and cover at BEA - they didn't have the book (or I was too late and they were all gone). But it's one I definitely want for my classroom. Too bad the rhyme and rhythm don't flow well :( but I'm super excited for the diversity! I wish more books had that, especially quietly as you said. Great review!

    1. It's a cute story and I think children will enjoy it. And I really liked the diversity and that the primary human characters were black because race wasn't essential to the story so why not go non-white?

  2. Such a nerdy book for young kids! I love it although I think this one appeals to a smaller audience. Kids that age don't have that kind of attention span to slough throough this

    1. This book is perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners,and first graders. Like any book, it won't appeal to all children but it will certainly be enjoyed by many.


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