Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803736801
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/14/2012
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 108
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About 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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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

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Dragons Love Tacos 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 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 More than 1 year ago
Yes it's a silly story but my 4 yr old just loves loves loves it! What better theme than silly for early childhood?
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Yes, dragons love tacos, so serve them lots of tacos but do not serve them spicy salsa. Serve them chicken tacos, meat tacos, small tacos, big tacos, tacos in buckets, tacos in sacks, hey better yet…..why don’t you host a taco party and have lots of tacos and lots of dragons come over. But do dragons like parties? Sure! Oh, but be careful what you serve for topping on those tacos! Because there is one thing that dragons can’t have on their tacos. Can they have cheese? Lettuce? Tomatoes? Sour Cream? What is that on the table? Who put that on the table? Someone get that away from that dragon! No!!! It’s a cute story about dragons, their love of tacos and why they should not eat spicy salsa. I thought the illustrations were cute and text font was perfect for this fun story. I liked the lists that accompany each item, it’s broad yet children could expand on it as they know the perimeters that the author set. For example, the tacos (chicken, meat, small, big, tacos in buckets, tacos in sacks) we could add: bean tacos, stuffed taco, soft-shell taco, tacos in wheelbarrows, tacos in helmets, the list could go on. There are also the toppings, the salsa, and the parties. It reminded me of Green Eggs and Ham, as I would add: would I eat them on a bus? Would I eat them with a guy named Gus? So, what happens when the dragons eat the spicy salsa? Let’s just say that things get kicked up a notch. I think this is a great read aloud or a fun book just to look at the pages. What? There is a sequel
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
A young boy who likes dragons finds out that dragons love to eat tacos but not spicy ones, with a good reason. The illustration by artist Daniel Salmieri is whimsical and fun to look at. The story is a little silly which some children could really love. Honestly I thought it a little too silly for my taste. I have read other children books on dragons and I think this was my least favorite. The writing is very simple, maybe too simple. I wanted to like it because I love dragons and it is very rarely that I find one I do not like. Unfortunately this was one that was unlikable to me but I am not the demographic. I think if you have child from ages 2 to 7 and is easy to make laugh they will probably enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
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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.