You've Got Dragons!
Lots of people get dragons. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of. So what can a young boy with a bad case of the dragons do? He can pretend they are not there, or that they are really quite harmless. Hugs from his mom help. Looking his dragon straight in the eye at least once every day helps even more. But most reassuring of all is the reminder that dragons don't stay forever.
Kathryn Cave's lighthearted writing style and illustrator Nick Maland's appealing pen-and-ink drawings exaggerate the humor of the text without minimizing the seriousness of the underlying themes. It is the perfect read-aloud story for young children whose fears can sometimes get the better of them.
Dragons can suddenly show up wherever the characters are and they have to try and find a way to get rid of them. Each thing they try fails in cute and funny ways. In the end, the dragons leave on their own time, but that's not the point of the story.
I really loved this story. It's creative and adorable. The illustrations are so cute and add to the hilarity of the text. The author and illustrator managed to create a harmony between their word that really did well together. What kid doesn't love dragons? That was the first thing that struck me when I picked this up. It was already a winner before I turned the page, but the author and illustrator really blew me away.
Online, they say this book is for ages six and up, so my only issue would be how incorrect that it--unless it means kids can't read it themselves until that age. My three-year-old nephew adored it as did my six-year-old niece, so it appeals to different age ranges in different ways.
A cute children's book that was done well in every way.