Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos

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by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri
     
 

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A New York Times bestselling phenomenon, this deliciously funny read-aloud from the creators of Robo-Sauce and Secret Pizza Party will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your

Overview

A New York Times bestselling phenomenon, this deliciously funny read-aloud from the creators of Robo-Sauce and Secret Pizza Party will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team of Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri has created an unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Rubin and Salmieri (Those Darn Squirrels!) are two of the weirdest, funniest guys working in kids’ lit today. The team lets its geek flag fly in an obsessive how-to guide for would-be dragon taco party hosts. Why a taco party? As Rubin explains, “The only things dragons love more than parties or tacos, is taco parties.” If further proof is required, Salmieri—whose poker-faced watercolor, gouache, and color pencil drawings set a benchmark for oddball observational humor—shows one odd, scaly creature with a carryout bag from “Taco Cave” and another beaming with anticipation as it eagerly circles the date for a taco party on its taco-themed calendar. But beware: even if all the tips and rules are followed to the letter (on quantity: “The best way to judge is to get a boat and fill the boat with tacos”), all will be for naught if spicy salsa makes its way into the taco filling. In fact, the dragons will bring a whole new meaning to “housewarming.” Off-kilter fun for those who like their picture books (and salsa) zesty and fresh. Ages 3–5. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (June)
San Francisco Chronicle
"Dragons Love Tacos is a heaping helping of silly.  Little kids will relate to the anti-spicy bias and chuckle over Salmieri's watercolor and gouache cartoon illustrations showing literally boatloads of tacos and all sizes of dragons enjoying their favorite food at pool parties, costume parties and, well, taco parties."—San Francisco Chronicle
From the Publisher
New York Times bestseller 
Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next List
New York Times Notable Book

* "Off-kilter fun for those who like their picture books (and salsa) zesty and fresh."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Dragons Love Tacos is a heaping helping of silly.  Little kids will relate to the anti-spicy bias and chuckle over Salmieri's watercolor and gouache cartoon illustrations showing literally boatloads of tacos and all sizes of dragons enjoying their favorite food at pool parties, costume parties and, well, taco parties."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The perfect book for kids who love dragons and mild tacos."—Kirkus Reviews

"The watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil cartoon illustrations are the real stars here. Regardless of, or perhaps because of, the absurdity of the story, this tale should be a big hit with anyone with an affinity for dragons."—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The goofy creators of Those Darn Squirrels! (2008) and Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door (2010, both Clarion) are back with another wacky story. Given the cover image of a red dragon gorging itself on tacos and the taco-filled endpapers, readers are prepared for the sheer silliness of this offering. A bemused young dragon fan and his dog are given the inside scoop on the best way to entertain dragons—with a taco party. A helpful narrator offers the boy advice about planning the festivities, informing him that dragons love tacos—beef tacos, chicken tacos, gigantic tacos, and tiny tacos. But those preparing to host these parties are cautioned to keep any kind of spicy salsa off the menu or suffer the consequences. After filling his house with tacos, getting rid of the salsa, and letting the party begin, the host is sure he's properly prepared, but he's missed the jalapeños peppers listed in the fine print of the "Totally Mild Salsa." Uh, oh! The watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil cartoon illustrations are the real stars here, extending the frivolous text. Regardless of, or perhaps because of, the absurdity of the story, this tale should be a big hit with anyone with an affinity for dragons.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The perfect book for kids who love dragons and mild tacos. Rubin's story starts with an incantatory edge: "Hey, kid! Did you know that dragons love tacos? They love beef tacos and chicken tacos. They love really big gigantic tacos and tiny little baby tacos as well." The playing field is set: dragons, tacos. As a pairing, they are fairly silly, and when the kicker comes in--that dragons hate spicy salsa, which ignites their inner fireworks--the silliness is sillier still. Second nature, after all, is for dragons to blow flames out their noses. So when the kid throws a taco party for the dragons, it seems a weak device that the clearly labeled "totally mild" salsa comes with spicy jalapenos in the fine print, prompting the dragons to burn down the house, resulting in a barn-raising at which more tacos are served. Harmless, but if there is a parable hidden in the dragon-taco tale, it is hidden in the unlit deep, and as a measure of lunacy, bridled or unbridled, it doesn't make the leap into the outer reaches of imagination. Salmieri's artwork is fitting, with a crabbed, ethereal line work reminiscent of Peter Sís, but the story does not offer it enough range. A wandering effort, happy but pointless. (Picture book. 3-5)
The New York Times Book Review
Salmieri's pencil-and-watercolor drawings are not only a wacky delight, they're also strangely beautiful. The dragons may screw up the party, but this book gets everything right.
—Pamela Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803736801
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2012
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
919
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

What People are saying about this

San Francisco Chronicle
"Dragons Love Tacos is a heaping helping of silly.  Little kids will relate to the anti-spicy bias and chuckle over Salmieri's watercolor and gouache cartoon illustrations showing literally boatloads of tacos and all sizes of dragons enjoying their favorite food at pool parties, costume parties and, well, taco parties."—San Francisco Chronicle
From the Publisher
"Off-kilter fun for those who like their picture books (and salsa) zesty and fresh."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Meet the Author

Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri are the creators of the New York Times bestselling Robo-Sauce and Secret Pizza Party. Adam lives in New York, New York, and Daniel lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Dragons Love Tacos 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old loves this book. It is cute and modern. Living in Texas, tacos are all too familiar and he laughs at the mention. The illustrations are vibrant and fun!
Anonymous 26 days ago
Unnecessary use of the word hate
quibecca More than 1 year ago
I LOVE children's books. Love them. I don't read them as much as I use to because my kids are older, and don't let me really read to them any more :(. This was such a cute book. The illustrations are wonderful, colorful, and so much fun. A little boy wants to have a party with some dragons, so he gets ready for them by preparing a LOT of tacos. What this little boy didn't realize was that some of the tacos he made had some spice to them. Dragons don't like spice. It makes them sneeze fire. When the boy realizes that there is spice in some of the tacos he tries to get all of the dragons to stop eating them....Unfortunately he didn't do it soon enough. When all is said and done the kid and the dragons work together in the end to fix the mistake the Dragons made to the boys house. So cute. If you have kids, or grand kids this is a great book to add to your collection. It's so cute, and funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GerriLynn More than 1 year ago
Howlingly funny for adults. A good introduction to dragons for kids, as well as talking about tacos and salsa. Did I mention howlingly funny for adults? Because the innuendo is well over the top. So plenty here for all sides of the equation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 y/o son loves this book. It is fun to read it to him and we even find ourselves quoting lines from it. It's adorable. We received it as a gift and I am so glad that we did!
ProudGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have seen lately. The writing is clear and children will love the story. Buy it for your children or grandchildren!
Lindsycd More than 1 year ago
This book is adorable and a lot of fun to read to my 2 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my classes favorite book!! It is super fun to read and the kids have so much fun with it. We literally read it a few times every week. Haha just a wonderful cute book.
KathleenZ More than 1 year ago
Really cute book for kids that love dragons. I bought it for my four year old nephew. 
GmaAL More than 1 year ago
A simple story with lots of colorful illustrations. What fun for the reader and the small listener, who must know what tacos are, and what salsa tastes like. The dragons' reaction to hot salsa is so human, and so delightful to portray to a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JennNY9999 More than 1 year ago
The book is great! My daughter is 3 1/2 and loves to play up telling me not to open the book because it's dangerous in there. The dragons will catch everything on fire. I plan to get this book for a little boy I know :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My great nephew who just turned 3 years old won't put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old daughter LOVES this book. We've read it every night for storytime since we bought it - so it's a good thing I love it too! It has great humor, and is just the right length for kids in the 3-5 age range. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RoRoD More than 1 year ago
My kids (boys ages 2 & 4.5) LOVE this book!  We have so much fun reading it all together and making dragon noises.  Any time we go to the supermarket the boys love making sure we aren’t buying anything spicy.  When we see tomatoes my older son lifts it up and says "tomatoes" and my younger son replies "check!!"  I love that they enjoy the book even when we aren't reading it.  Very clever!!!
nanaFT More than 1 year ago
My grand-daughters love this book. Great story line and wonderful art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cute book, loved the illustrations and goofiness of the spice hating dragons. Grandkids loved it.
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CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
Everyone loves a good party don't they?  Everyone loves tacos right?  Well put a great party together with tons of scrumptious tacos and the dragons will come out of their taco caves in droves to attend.  This hilarious book puts a new spin on why there are fire-breathing dragons.  The book begins by a random narrator saying, "Hey kid!  Did you know that dragons love tacos?  They love beef tacos and chicken tacos.  They love really big gigantic tacos and tiny little baby tacos as well."  He explains that they will eat buckets and boatloads of tacos but the strange thing is you cannot serve salsa on the side. Why?  Dragons hate salsa because salsa ignites the fireworks inside of them.  If dragons ingest the stuff  you had better step way back because a mighty heated explosion may occur.  "Just one single speck of hot pepper makes a dragon snort sparks." So when the boy and his dog finally throw a taco party he remembers: "Dragons hate spicy salsa.  Before you host your taco party with dragons, get rid of all the spicy salsa. In fact, bury the spicy salsa in the backyard so dragons can't find it."  Very, very good advice for sure considering what the consequences may be.  The boy did have one bottle of mild salsa but did not read the fine print on the bottle and guess who got into that bottle?  You guessed it- instant fireworks - and then - all "fire" breaks loose.  The over-the-top drama the ensues will keep your child in stitches and longing to try out a pile of tacos himself. The illustrations are bright, funny and expressive.  They fit perfectly with the storyline. The whole book is silly, witty and imaginative and sure to be a winner in your household.  Spice up your reading time with a little dose of "Dragons Love Tacos" today.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
My preschooler LOVES this book! We first heard it at a Barnes & Noble storytime. These dragons love to party, and boy, are they are ever enthusiastic about eating tacos! But it's up to the host of the party to make sure the guests don't accidentally ingest anything spicy. In this story, an unfortunate mistake is made and chaos ensues. Luckily, these dragons are kind enough to help their host clean up the mess. Dragons Love Tacos is a cute book with an amusing storyline. The illustrations have that slight touch of goofy kids love, and there's a lot to look at on each page. It's is a great book to read with your kids when you need a funny story that will make everyone laugh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought my daughter would get bored with this book as she is usually more about animals and princesses, but I was wrong. She LOVES this story line and it got her into wanting to try Tacos which she wound up LOVING as well.
RAguirre More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious! I read it to my daughter's first grade class and they loved it! It's a must buy as it's great for girls and boys!