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Max loves story time at the library. One day he spots a large speckled egg on a bookshelf. No one believes Max when he says a dragon has emerged and is now growing up in the library. Young readers will learn about book care as they follow the dragon's antics.
|Publisher:||Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.
Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is featured in galleries throughout Louisiana. A recipient of numerous awards and commissions and an accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. Gentry's other titles with Pelican include Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: I LOVE this book. I think it is just so cute. It's kind of like The Boy Who Cried Wolf because no one believes Max until the end of the story! The dragon is made of patchwork material & is so cute that I just want to snuggle with it!! I think it's a great story and shares the message about books in such a cute way that kids don't even realize they're learning with it! It's definitely one that ages 4-8 (and even older) can enjoy, but it would be the higher end of the age range that could actually read it on their own. Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts (11 years old): The book is funny because the dragon kept eating books and would not listen to the boy. I like the drawings. I think the author wanted to teach us to take care of library books and not be mean to them. I can easily read the book by myself. I would recommend it to kids my age or younger. Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts (7 years old): I like how Max found a dragon egg and the dragon kept eating the books to grow. I also like this book because I like dragons. I think the author wrote it just for fun and also to tell us not to eat books, but to read them. I also like how they made a new library. I think I could read the book with a little bit of help. I would recommend it to other kids too.
In this wonderful story a young man named Max is looking through the books when he finds a speckled egg amongst the titles. Taking it carefully in his hands, Max begins to shake it, trying desperately to figure out what it is and where it came from. Soon the egg breaks and out comes a young speckled dragon who wants nothing more than to feed his enormous appetite. Max races to Mom and tells her that there's a dragon in the kids' room devouring the books and making a mess. Mom smiles, says 'Shhh,' and tells Max that no such thing exists...but he has a heck of an imagination. When Max goes back to the library, he tries to once again tell the librarian, his father - even a police officer who guards the town - that the dragon is getting larger and larger and may just consume every book that the library has to offer. Watching Max try with all his might to convince the adults that he's telling the truth will remind readers about the wonderful Polar Express, and how hard it was to make adults listen to something they just didn't believe in anymore. This is truly a book that is an ode to fantastic people such as Mrs. Carroll, and all librarians, who devoted their lives to allowing kids to reach for the stars. Quill says: A fantastic tale full of fun and spirit that will soon join the ranks of Harold and the Purple Crayon - a book truly worthy of classic status for generations to come.