My 10-year old nephew and I read books together every week and he draws a picture from the pages that captures his fancy. As a budding bookworm, artist and a child with an autistic aphasia we bond through stories and art.
Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner
by Julie Gassman
and Andy Elkerton
Published August 1st 2017
by Picture Window Books
“It’s a special occasion! It’s time for a treat. Time to dress up and go out to eat.” But please, do not take your dragon to dinner. Why? Because his manners are atrocious. A diverse group of children all learn the embarrassing reasons not to take their dragons to dinner.
The appropriate age group of this book to me is 3 to 8 years old depending on how their table manners are. It really is a book you would read to them so it’s really for a younger audience and only for 7-8 years old if they will benefit from the message of the book.
My nephew and I read this book together and he enjoyed it but was rather puzzled why dragons were picking their noses at the table (though he thought that was terribly funny) or farting (earned another gawff) and taking their parents phones (which he is guilty of when we’re out together). He liked the book a lot better when we got to the point where the dragon was cooking a meal at home since he’s too manner-less at a restaurant. He ended up drawing the girl with her dragon because he loved that they wanted to be together no matter what. The rhyming words were quite cute and he loved repeating the main line: “Do not take your dragon to dinner!”
I do love the idea of dragons teaching kids good table manners using reverse psychology. It is a cute premise and the illustrations really do the message justice. The art style is not my personal favorite but my nephew appreciated the animation style in the illustrations. I liked how lovingly the dragon was taught to mind his manners! It truly is a fun and inventive way to help the young ones understand about etiquette.
A big plus to me was that the little white girl was not the only child presented with a dragon. There were a diverse group of children both boys and girls, everyone was represented! We need more picture books like this one…
BOTTOM LINE: Dragons make manners fun!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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