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Oh No, Little Dragon!

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Little Dragon wreaks adorable havoc in this energetic picture book from the creator of Except If.

With a PHOOSH and a Grrrrrr and a CANNONBAAAALLLLLL! Little Dragon tears through his day (and the house). But even when he gets a little too rambunctious, there’s no OH NO! that Mama’s kiss can’t fix.
Jim Averbeck celebrates both the tremendous energy of a little boy and the tenderness shared between mother and ...

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Overview

Little Dragon wreaks adorable havoc in this energetic picture book from the creator of Except If.

With a PHOOSH and a Grrrrrr and a CANNONBAAAALLLLLL! Little Dragon tears through his day (and the house). But even when he gets a little too rambunctious, there’s no OH NO! that Mama’s kiss can’t fix.
Jim Averbeck celebrates both the tremendous energy of a little boy and the tenderness shared between mother and child in this vibrant picture book that begs to be read aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thanks to the "spark in his heart," Little Dragon is having a scorching good time—as evidenced by the "PHOOSH" sound effects and realistic digital flames that shoot from his mouth. But when an accidental "glug" of bathwater extinguishes Little Dragon's flame, he is beset by anxiety. Will anything bring back his spark? And if not, will Mama Dragon still love him? Little Dragon tries self-help (belly rubs, eating chili peppers), but it's Mama's kisses that finally do the trick. This feels more like a work in progress than Averbeck's previous books (Except If; In a Blue Room), an impression that isn't mitigated by the lazy "OH NO!" refrain and muddled motivation (the relationship between Mama and her son barely registers, yet it becomes the emotional linchpin of the story). Averbeck's artwork is more successful, especially when portraying Little Dragon's authentically toddlerlike acts of mischief and his fire-breathing talents (he's way beyond smoke rings—he can make hearts and pyramids, too). Despite the story's weaknesses, this endearingly impish hero should find fans. Ages 2–6. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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“Bright blue Little Dragon accidentally squelches his fire in the bathtub. He vainly attempts to rekindle it with a belly rub, layering on winter clothes, and then by consuming chili peppers. Mama’s reassurance that no matter what, he is the spark in her heart, causes his insides to warm into a “phoosh” of artistic flames that cover him in soot, requiring a more cautious bath. Backgrounds of outlined stone walls and curved windows serve well to feature the feisty hero and his flames…Details like a tiny skull stool and a Viking helmet faucet add to the viewing pleasure…the antics along the way provide amusement.”

School Library Journal, May 2012

“Averbeck's artwork is…successful, especially when portraying Little Dragon's authentically toddlerlike acts of mischief and his fire-breathing talents (he's way beyond smoke rings—he can make hearts and pyramids, too)…this endearingly impish hero should find fans.”

Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2012

“Averbeck brings this familiar theme of an enduring mother’s love to a new level…the full-circle narrative, with an illustration as the last word, cleverly turns a tried-and-true message on its ear. The illustrations of this endearing, whimsical blue dragon have a childlike simplicity; the flames, which look like photographed fire, lend a special effect that will ignite young listeners.”

Booklist, September 1, 2012

From The Critics
“Bright blue Little Dragon accidentally squelches his fire in the bathtub. He vainly attempts to rekindle it with a belly rub, layering on winter clothes, and then by consuming chili peppers. Mama’s reassurance that no matter what, he is the spark in her heart, causes his insides to warm into a “phoosh” of artistic flames that cover him in soot, requiring a more cautious bath. Backgrounds of outlined stone walls and curved windows serve well to feature the feisty hero and his flames…Details like a tiny skull stool and a Viking helmet faucet add to the viewing pleasure…the antics along the way provide amusement.”

School Library Journal, May 2012

“Averbeck's artwork is…successful, especially when portraying Little Dragon's authentically toddlerlike acts of mischief and his fire-breathing talents (he's way beyond smoke rings—he can make hearts and pyramids, too)…this endearingly impish hero should find fans.”

Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2012

“Averbeck brings this familiar theme of an enduring mother’s love to a new level…the full-circle narrative, with an illustration as the last word, cleverly turns a tried-and-true message on its ear. The illustrations of this endearing, whimsical blue dragon have a childlike simplicity; the flames, which look like photographed fire, lend a special effect that will ignite young listeners.”

Booklist, September 1, 2012

School Library Journal
PreS-KB—right blue Little Dragon accidentally squelches his fire in the bathtub. He vainly attempts to rekindle it with a belly rub, layering on winter clothes, and then by consuming chili peppers. Mama's reassurance that no matter what, he is the spark in her heart, causes his insides to warm into a "phoosh" of artistic flames that cover him in soot, requiring a more cautious bath. Backgrounds of outlined stone walls and curved windows serve well to feature the feisty hero and his flames, done in oil pastels on textured paper, and digitally assembled. Details like a tiny skull stool and a Viking helmet faucet add to the viewing pleasure. Although the theme of unconditional motherly love is not new, the antics along the way provide amusement.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416995456
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 549,675
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Averbeck is the author and illustrator of Except If and the author of In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa. He studied Children’s Book Writing and Illustration at the University of California Berkeley and is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for the San Francisco Bay Area, where he makes his home. You can visit him online at JimAverbeck.com.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    This book makes me laugh. Little Dragons antics remind me so mu

    This book makes me laugh. Little Dragons antics remind me so much of a toddler, who loves to play but who doesn't like to get cleaned up. I seriously admire his mother's patience. The illustrations are delightful, full of color and life. The splashes of bright orange and red for the fire are impossible to ignore. This book is also perfect for helping children learn about solving problems. When Little Dragon's fire goes out at first he tries to solve the problem himself. When that doesn't work, he goes to his mother and she provides the help he needs. I also appreciate the ending where Little Dragon has learned the value of prevention. The ongoing refrain of "Oh, No" makes this perfect for an interactive storytime. I highly recommend this fun book.

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