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Hush, Little Dragon Hardcover – March 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

I love this book, my kids love this book.
Rachel
I've read it so many times that I can sing it to them in the dark without the book.
Melissa
Cute story easy to read with pictures that hold little one's interest.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avalon on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brown on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just read this book to my grandkids. It reminded me of reading Dr. Suess to my kids years ago in that the kids loved the rhythm of the words while I thoroughly enjoyed the fun content. Of course, this would be the dark side of Dr. Suess! Love the author's sense of humor. The illustrations are beautifully done. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on January 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My boys are 6 and 8 years old. I have sung "Hush Little Baby" to them since they were born. Because they are very familiar with the original version, they can enjoy and appreciate a neat little twist! They are also really into books about dragons. AND...They love rhyme. So, for us, this book has been nothing but FUN and LAUGHTER!

I say all this to say that readers circumstances and situations will very greatly and parents that hesitate to present this book to their chidlren, should think twice. I'm sure glad I did.

To give you an idea of how much we love this book: We've had it checked out from the library for 9 weeks. Once we reached our maximum renewal (3), we took it into the library and had our librarian over-ride the system so we could keep it for even longer. As soon as the economy picks up, we will be purchasing this book for our family library. It's now officially a family treasure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Woods on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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