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Children's LiteratureHow do you hide a dragon? That is just what two youngsters must do when they lure a dragon eating dandelions in their backyard into their home. Because Daddy has said, "No pets!" the pair tries in vain to hide the spiky creature. When disguises do not work, they "hide" Hoover in plain sight. Readers will squeal with delight as the myopic dad fails to notice the new coat rack in the hall, the new chandelier that sends out warm flames, or the handy flappy umbrella that keeps them dry on their walk in the rain. As the children are tucked into bed at night, Hoover spreads his wings like a gentle canopy over them and lulls them to sleep with a soothing hah-swish, hah-swish, hah-swish. The children go to sleep content because dad has not noticed anything out of the ordinary and Hoover can stay. What a clever take on the "Dad, can we have a pet?" theme! The story is fresh and original. The acrylic illustrations with their exaggerated shapes perfectly match the stretch and girth of the dragon. Onomatopoeic refrains peppered throughout the text are ideally suited to this whimsical tale. 2005, Dial, Ages 5 to 8.