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"Moore has a light, sure touch, and she gives McWilliam (I Need My Monster) plenty of room to exercise his considerable gifts for operatic expressiveness and expertly choreographed physical humor." —Publishers Weekly (March 14, 2011)



"[A] funny and creative riff on cause and effect. . . . Colorful, cartoony illustrations brim with humor . . . deadpan text is sure to illicit giggles. . . . A sandy complement to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." —Kirkus (April 11, 2011)


"The delightfully humorous fantasy introduces the enthusiastic sand architect and the happy, fire-belching dragon on the jacket. . . . The cartoony scenes contrast the usual activities of the family with the imaginary but plausible behavior of the playful dragon." —Children's Literature (May 8, 2011)


"The multimedia illustrations overflow with humorous details and comical expressions and poses. . . . True to its circular format, this book is likely to be read over and over again." —Bayviews magazine (May 1, 2011)


"Warmly caricatured people, cinematic pacing, and gleaming pages give this a look that is just short of animation itself. This is a crowd-pleasing merger of sly text and pictures that will tickle many a funny bone. Highly recommended." —Library Media Connection (October 2011)

"This cumulative tale reminiscent of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie tells of a small boy who believes if you build the perfect sandcastle a dragon will move in, and so he does. . . . The illustrations are . . . large, colorful and full of life. This is a great book for sharing with a group or as a jump start to a writing activity with an older audience." —Puget Sound Council

About the Author

Jodi Moore is a freelance magazine writer and has worked as chief contributing editor of the Promo Network. She lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Howard McWilliam is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed I Need My Monster. He was chosen as National Young Cartoonist of the Year at the age of 12. A regular cover artist for the Week magazine, he also illustrates for the Sunday Telegraph, Moneyweek, and Outdoor Life.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: When a Dragon Moves In
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979974674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979974670
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading so many books to my kids, and watching them lose interest after the first few pages, I began to think nothing would keep their interest from cover to cover...

Until I read this book to them.... Both kids were fascinated from the very first page, and had me re-read sections while they looked at, and touched the pictures.
The illustrations are magical, and the story is appealing on many levels.

This one is a winner! I know because it's the very first book that my children want me to read to them over and over... And I love the artwork!

Two thumbs up!
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Reviewed by: Roxanne Werner

Synopsis: A little boy and his family spend a relaxing day at the beach until a dragon moves into the boy's sandcastle. At first, the boy enjoys his new friend. The dragon toasts marshmallows, flies a kite and scares away bullies. Things start to go wrong when the boy tries to convince his family that there is a dragon. No one believes him and he must take the blame for the dragon's pranks.

Overall thoughts: Jodi Moore's debut book is a whimsical look at family life and a little boy's need for attention. The large red dragon, portrayed vividly by Howard McWilliam's illustrations, is both mischievous and lovable. The reader is left to decide if the dragon is real or only a product of a boy's vivid imagination. McWilliam's artwork provides reasonable explanations for the dragon's antics, if we choose to take them. But perhaps on a warm summer day, it's more fun to let our imaginations run wild, and believe that if we build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in. Moore has built the perfect story for a child's imagination to move in.
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I'm a teacher and we had a Mythical Creatures theme for one week and of COURSE I had to include dragons!

This book made my kids laugh so loudly, they made me laugh! It also engaged their curious nature by allowing them to search for different typical beach items that could be used to help the boy make-believe that there really was a dragon living in his sandcastle.

We also built sand castles that day in science and during rest time I put little dragon figures in the castles we made - they LOVED this book. It facilitated independent and creative learning and is still on the daily request list over 2 months later. Great job!
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I like the book mainly because the illustrations. Not 100% loving the story but it is being given as a gift to a 7 year old. I purchased this and Aurora World Dreamy Eyes Flame Red 10" Dragon plush and they compliment each other well. Aurora World Dreamy Eyes Flame Red Dragon 10" Plush

What I didn't like about the story: The dragon is the product of an imaginative little boy. After building a sand castle the dragon decides to move into it. Nobody else can see this dragon (because it doesn't exist) yet the boy goes on blaming the dragon for all sorts of things from eating up all the goodies to tossing sand. These terrible choices he makes and blaming the dragon is what I didn't like about the story. I am sure many people will find it amusing but I didn't. I read it to my 9 year old daughter and she didn't care for the story either. But again its being given to a 7 year old boy and he will probably find it hilarious.
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By R on October 6, 2011
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My children, ages 2 and 5, love WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN. We have hundreds of books and yet time and time again, they keep requesting this one. It never seems to fall to the bottom of the pile. It's funny and cute and the illustrations are adorable. The last time I read it, my 5 year old, who invents imaginary creatures all the time, said to me, "Mom, I don't think there's really a dragon. I think he's doing all those bad things himself and blaming a dragon!" which seems to have made her love it, and the little boy in it, more. Definitely check this one out, you won't be sorry!
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STORY PLOT - boy and his family are at the beach (jersey shore to be exact - if you read the write-up from the author) & the boy builds a sandcastle...a dragon moves into the boy's sandcastle (or does he?!). The story goes on to say how the boy and the dragon get along by toasting marshmallows, flying a kite, etc. The boy can't get his fammily (mom, dad, sister) to believe him there's really a dragon in his castle. Through the illustrations you understand that there's not really a dragon.

The illustrations make this story a true winner. I think the story without the illustrations would not make it very interesting, but the illustrations are GREAT!!! They are so vivid & realistic but adorable!! If you like the illustrations, check out the other children's book he illustrates - I need my Monster (also very good).

We took this book out of the library first and now my 3 yr old daughter keeps asking to read the "dragon" book (we have it on her holiday wish list). She doesn't quite understand the dragon is in the boy's imagination yet, but she still loves it. A reader must really look at the illustrations and understand them to see the dragon isn't real. For example - the boy says he has a dragon feather but a couple pictures before this, you see a feather fall from the sky from a seagull.

Our family gives the book 4 stars.
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