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Dragon Is Coming!
     

Dragon Is Coming!

by Valeri Gorbachev
 

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Mouse is certain that a big gray dragon flying overhead will spell doom for her and her animal friends. So she makes it her mission to lead everyone to the safety of the barn. But it seems as though nothing will stop this hideous creature. Then the barn doors squeak open slowly . . . revealing what everyone has been dreading. . . . Wait. It's just their friend Dog?

Overview

Mouse is certain that a big gray dragon flying overhead will spell doom for her and her animal friends. So she makes it her mission to lead everyone to the safety of the barn. But it seems as though nothing will stop this hideous creature. Then the barn doors squeak open slowly . . . revealing what everyone has been dreading. . . . Wait. It's just their friend Dog?
Much-loved author-illustrator Valeri Gorbachev gives an old tale a twist that is sure to get kids giggling at even the most thunderous of storms.

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". . . the author’s message registers via the expressive faces of his animals (who wear clothes) and a minimal, accessible text."--Kirkus Reviews

"While the story is familiar, Gorbachev’s illustrations revive it with delightful details and humorous poses. Children who know the original tale will find this adaptation pleasing and those who do not will be content at its outcome. The animals’ expressions are particularly amusing as they move from bewilderment to panic to relief. A refreshing addition to most collections."--School Library Journal

"Gorbachev’s whimsical watercolors capture an array of emotions on the animals’ faces, and the final pages, in which Dog reappears with an oh-so-surprised look and Mouse displays an oops-whatever kind of attitude, give a nice spin to this delightful story about both being gullible and being afraid."--Booklist

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One summer day, as an overall-clad dog is watching the clouds, he notices a large one that looks like a dragon about to swallow the sun. His cry of, "Dragon is coming!" awakens Mouse, who runs past the farming Goose Brothers, crying for help. He sees lightning as the flame from the mouth of the "dragon" and urges them to run. Together they alert the dressed-up Sheep Twins, as the stomach of the "dragon" rumbles. The animals all cry out to Mrs. Cow and Mrs. Pig to follow them as the raindrops fall from the "dragon" licking his lips. They all run into the barn. Mouse cries that the dragon is right outside. When the door opens, however, it is only the dog telling them that the storm is over. Mouse is glad to know that a thundercloud is not a dragon. Gorbachev uses pen and ink drawings and transparent watercolors to fill each double-page scene with appealing anthropomorphic animals in a suggested bucolic setting. There is obvious anxiety as the animals react to Mouse's cry of alarm, in humorous cumulative settings. Even the large gray "dragon" with its wolfish grin is a comic personality. End pages are covered with clouds shaped like ducks and ice cream cones to help stimulate our imaginations. Comparisons with the story of "Chicken Little" are inevitable. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

When Dog declares that the black cloud overhead looks like a dragon, half-asleep Mouse thinks he hears that a real dragon is coming to swallow the sun. In true Henny Penny and/or Chicken Little style, Mouse begins to run through the farmyard, warning everyone of the creature's coming. Lightning is mistaken for the dragon's fiery breath. Thunder is the creature's rumbling stomach. Rain is the dragon's drool. As the storm/dragon approaches, the animals hightail it to the barn. When all is quiet outside, they learn the truth. While the story is familiar, Gorbachev's illustrations revive it with delightful details and humorous poses. Children who know the original tale will find this adaptation pleasing and those who do not will be content at its outcome. The animals' expressions are particularly amusing as they move from bewilderment to panic to relief. A refreshing addition to most collections.-C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY

Kirkus Reviews
Farm mouse does a Chicken Little. Dog's lying in the field, idly watching the fluffy clouds. A dark cloud rolls in and Dog comments that it looks like a dragon; when Mouse hears this, he's off like a rocket, warning the other farm animals of the hideous fire-breather that's about to attack them. The Goose Brothers, the Sheep Twins, Mrs. Cow and Mrs. Pig all abandon their chores to race to the safety of the barn. With each meeting, Gorbachev's pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations show the ominous dragon looming in the sky above the animals as they flee, growing in detail from dragon-shaped cloud to terrifying monster. They wait in the barn in fearful silence, until the door squeaks open and ... Dog enters, carrying an umbrella. He explains about the storm, which news passes gently from the animals to Mouse. Despite the abrupt ending, the author's message registers via the expressive faces of his animals (who wear clothes) and a minimal, accessible text. Heather Tekavec's Storm Is Coming!, illustrated by Margaret Spengler (2002), does much the same thing, with a bit more flair. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152051969
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/04/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

VALERI GORBACHEV has illustrated more than forty books for children, including his own Big Little Elephant and Skunk’s Spring Surprise by Lesléa Newman. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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