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Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library Hardcover – August 1, 2016
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The youngest in a family of nine children, Julie Gassman grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New York City. She now lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children.
After graudating from Art College in the UK, Andy began a career as a graphic designer in the video games industry, when it was very much in it's infancy. He continued as a graphic designer for fourteen years, until he decided to go back to his illustrative roots and try his hand at being a children's book illustrator. Since 2002 he has produced work for picturebooks, educational books, advertising, and toy design. He has been a finalist, twice, in the "Language Learner Literature" Awards, and has worked for clients all over the world. He currently lives in a small tourist town on the West coast of Scotland, with his wife and three children.
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The text in this is pretty funny. I think children will have a lot of fun reading about these bad-mannered and destructive dragons and possibly learn a little something about library etiquette in the process. I may have to buy myself a copy to teach my own little 'bookdragon' a thing or two about what is and what isn't acceptable in a library!
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and a lot of fun. I was so happy to see more than one dragon featured.
I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It begins with the rule (the title) which will become the refrain throughout as the librarian offers up the many reasons a dragon in the library would become a debacle, as when they take up "ten spaces at least," break a chair they attempt to sit in, or, worst possibility of all, "She could over excite/and then chances are her flame will ignite!" The illustrations are playful and colorful and enhance the silliness of the text, especially in the facial expressions of the dragon, the bemused children, and the slightly less bemused adults. The visuals also offer up a nicely diverse mix of children and adults, and also refer to both female and male dragons. Beyond the occasional off rhythm, I only had two small (very small) quibbles. One is that when one of the children begs to have their dragon come thanks to all the good things in the library, he begins with “movies and computers”—the old-timer curmudgeon in my would have preferred if books had been prioritized there (they’re mentioned next—thus the “small” quibble). The other is the ending, which involves the librarian telling the kids they can use their library card to bring books home to their dragon. Which granted, does solve the problem, but how much better for both the dragons and the kids to have some resolution found to allow the dragons in the library? Those quibbles aside, Do Not Bring Your Dragon To The Library will make for an excellent read-aloud book as well as a good read-alone one.
The illustrations are really colorful and varied, which I thought was lovely. Not only are there different dragons, but the people/children are different as well. One in particular that stood out to my son (3.5) was of a boy in a wheelchair looking at some books. My son excited pointed out the "Little boy in the train car" and asked me why he was "riding" it. It was a nice teaching moment about wheelchairs, but still subtle enough that it was obvious how that boy was just like the other kids. :)
This was whimsical, but educational, and is definitely a story we'll be reading again!