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Hush, Little Dragon Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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"Hush, Little Dragon is a humorous children's picturebook that turns a traditional child's lullaby on its head. A doting mother dragon soothes her hatchling by singing him a rhyme - and bringing him human snacks! The whimsical color illustrations add just the right touch to this tongue-in-cheek bedtime storybook. "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. // And if those knights should try to flee, / Mama's gonna get a bit fiery. // When you want more goodies to munch, / Mama's gonna bring you a king for lunch."
-Midwest Book Review

About 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994911
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kirsten G. Cutler on May 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A ghoulishly delicious rendition of the song, "Hush, Little Baby," in which a mother dragon catches various different human beings including: a couple of knights, a magician, a queen and a king for her young son to eat, "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." Another couplet runs, "When you want more goodies to munch, Mama's gonna bring you a king for lunch." The charming "acrylic, oil, and gel" illustrations glow with warmth; the serene green, blue, and gold tones amusingly belie the waggish lyrics. Cute details include a magician who is peering through his fingers perhaps in abject horror as he hangs from Mama Dragon's mouth; baby dragon is reflected in a mirror just in front of her, although none of the pictures show Baby dragon actually eating. The dragons look endearing with big bug eyes and striped blue and white horns. In one picture, Mama is holding the King in her palm, below the Queen is gesticulating while Baby dragon sits spread out on the two royal thrones. One double-spread shows mama dragon lying on her back and kissing her son, "Sweet little dragon, you've eaten a ton--Your tummy is full, you must be done!" Another picture shows the town lying quietly under a full moon as Mama and Baby dragon sleep atop a tree as the narrator intones, "Hush, little dragon, don't take fright. Mama will protect you through the night." There may be children and parents who find this book scary or offensive but others will delight in its gleeful absurdity.
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I borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much I purchased a copy for us. I sing this book to my son at night and he loves it. It's a Hush Little Baby version that's perfect for boys.

The illustrations are well done, the pages are a nice thickness for small fingers. I did get this in hardcover. The book is a quick read as most pages are a sentence.

Overall the book is delightful and I recommend it!
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This is my kid's favorite book. They love hearing about the dragon and his mother. It is a cute story and is beautifully illustrated. The best part is at the and of the book the mother puts her baby to sleep and my kids just love this part and have me read the last few pages over and over again. The best book I have purchased in a while. Check out her other book - it is great too!
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Although this may seem a little dark for a 3 year old, she seems to enjoy it immensely. Her mother tells me that she has to read it every night. It was accompanied by a wonderful dragon puppet that participates in the nightly reading.
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Hush Little Dragon by Boni Ashubrn and Kelly Murphy is a delightful version of Hush Little Baby that stars a Dragon instead of a baby. My students love the original song as well as the stories Hush Little Alien and Hush Little Monster and I'm sure this one will be requested just as much. They loved that the mother dragon brought the baby dragon villagers to eat. The poetry fits perfectly with the song making it an easy sing even the first time through.

This book will be enjoyed by kids from 4-8
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Cute story easy to read with pictures that hold little one's interest. Fits perfectly to the tune of hush little baby and will likely be a favorite bedtime song for years to come. Prior to purchase I read reviews and some were concerned that the book was about eating people...they are dragons. The humor of the story is what makes it so beautiful, but definitely not for the faint of heart or those who take themselves too seriously!
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Absolutely the funniest book I have read in a while! The book is not entirely clear whether all the people get away (they sure try!) or not since at the end mama dragon says "you've eaten a ton" but it never says or shows details. Some parents and kids may be offended by the humor but my boys and I thought it was funny. My oldest son is usually upset if dragons and dinosaurs eat people but this book didn't bother him a bit.

A must for people with irreverent humor and for dragon lovers!

Here she comes with a fresh magician
Don't mind the taste, he's good nutrition!
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I love this book, my kids love this book. I have it memorized and can just sing it like a song in the car when they are upset. it is our favorite. the illustrations are colorful and both boys love to just look and look. worth every penny to own. We first checked it out of the library then bought it and bought a couple more as gifts.
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