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Hush, Little Dragon

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Adorable dragons search for a bedtime snack in this heartfelt and funny debut picture book set to the tune of “Hush, Little Baby.”

Baby and Mama dragon are almost ready to settle in for the night. But Baby can’t sleep until he gets a treat, so together they search for one in a beautifully detailed village. But there are so many options to choose from! Will they devour the town’s magician? Eat the three musketeers? Gobble up the princess? Or ...
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Overview

Adorable dragons search for a bedtime snack in this heartfelt and funny debut picture book set to the tune of “Hush, Little Baby.”

Baby and Mama dragon are almost ready to settle in for the night. But Baby can’t sleep until he gets a treat, so together they search for one in a beautifully detailed village. But there are so many options to choose from! Will they devour the town’s magician? Eat the three musketeers? Gobble up the princess? Or maybe dine on the mean old queen? Exhausted from their clever culinary adventure, Mama and Baby dragon settle down to a good night’s sleep in this warm, funny tale.

Using a tried-and-true lullaby with a clever twist, and warm illustrations to bring the story to life, this picture book will be a familiar yet original read for picky eaters—and readers—at bedtime and storytime.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
If a mother dragon were to croon a lullaby to her baby dragon, this is what she would sing: "Hush, little dragon, don't make a sound. Mama's going to bring you a princess she found." Ashburn takes this wonderfully clever premise for a picture book and develops it into an amusing spin on a parent's gift-giving promises: "If that princess runs from you, Mama's gonna bring you a knight or two." From this auspicious beginning, however, the text becomes somewhat clunky and strained in its rhyme and rhythm: "And if those knights should try to flee, Mama's going get a bit fiery"; "If those musketeers should bolt, Mama's gonna stop their silly revolt." Even a parody should keep the grace and ease of the original. And while the ending to a bedtime book should indeed show the cozy moment of the little one drifting off to sleep, readers may be disappointed to have no twist at all at the end, just the embrace of sleepy mother and baby. Should n'ot the baby at least have a bit of princess gown hanging out of its sweetly smiling mouth? This comical reinvention of the familiar song abandons its potential for humor too soon. Murphy's large accompanying paintings create a beautiful, dreamlike medieval village and an appealing dragon pair. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810994911
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 321,885
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Boni Ashburn hoped that Hush, Little Dragon would encourage her own picky eaters to be more adventurous with food choices. But no matter how much she begs, they still refuse to eat magician. Boni lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and four children. Visit her online at www.boniashburn.com.

Dragons have long been extinct in southeastern Massachusetts, where Kelly Murphy grew up. But fortunately, her mother would sing to her a similar version of “Hush, Little Dragon” when she was crying. Kelly lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.kelmurphy.com.
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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    My first thought upon seeing Hush, Little Dragon (2008), my first thought was, "Those are some cute dragons on that cover. I must read this book." The book is illustrated by Kelly Murphy and written by one Boni Ashburn. I will be the first to admit the immaturity of my observation, but my initial reading of her name was "Boney Ash Burn" and I actually thought she might be using a pen name (I don't think that is the case anymore).

    Anyway, Hush, Little Dragon is based on an English lullaby called "Hush, Little Baby" which some readers might know. It begins with the the lyrics

    "Hush, little baby, don't say a word, Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don't sing, Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring."

    though I have heard it sung more often with references to Mama. (Wikipedia has an entry for the song including full lyrics.)

    As far as lullabies go, "Hush, Little Baby" is pretty tame (what with the lack of babies in tree tops or what not). It's also one of my favorites. That is, perhaps, why I was ill prepared to fully enjoy this parody of that song.

    The book starts:

    "Hush, little dragon, don't make a sound. Mama's gonna bring you a princess she found. If that princess runs from you, Mama's gonna bring you a knight or two."

    The story goes on in that vein, with the mother bring her baby dragon various townspeople to eat, until the big finish when she decides they might have overstayed their welcome.

    I love the illustrations, and I loved the idea. But I couldn't quite love Hush, Little Dragon as a whole, perhaps because there was something so incongruous about reading a book about eating people (albeit by dragons, which is what they naturally do) to the tune of a lullaby. I suspect that children who like dragons will not have my problem and will flat out adore this book much in the same way I was able to adore The Nightmare Before Christmas in my youth only to find it unbelievably creepy (though still sort of neat) at the age of twenty-three.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

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    This picture book's words are based on the nursery rhyme, 'Hush Little Baby.' But that's pretty much where the similarity ends! The illustrations in this book are so cute. And the words rhyme beautifully. I wanted to start singing in the middle of the store when I read it. It's also fantastically funny!

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