February 17, 2014

Oh No, Little Dragon! by Jim Averbeck

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 1:13 am by suebe2

Oh No, Little Dragon!
written and illustrated by Jim Averbeck
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

“Little Dragon had a spark in his heart” and it is because of this spark that he can flame.  Not surprisingly, Little Dragon loves exercising this skill, flying through the air, shooting flame through smoke rings, flame-written hearts and more.  Flying and flaming leave Little Dragon covered in soot so Mama sends him to take a bath with his toy boat.

Where many children would run their boats through the waves and maybe sink one or two, the fact that this boat is made out of wood should clue young readers in on how Little Dragon plays even in the tub.  It is while playing and laughing that Little Dragon takes a huge gulp of water, putting out his flame.

This is where the real trouble begins.  Flame comes from the spark inside to Little Dragon tries to warm up one way after another.

And, as sometimes, happens, I’m going to make you read to the book to find out how Little Dragon solves his problem.

It isn’t often that I review a preschool picture book, generally because they are just too sweet for me.  Don’t get me wrong, Little Dragon is sweet but he’s also a dragon who reminds me very much of several toddlers that I know.  He’s fiesty and he’s fiery and he’s got a way of doing things that is all his own.

The illustrations for this book remind me of those in David Shannon’s No, David!  That isn’t to say that Averbeck mimics Shannon in anway but the style that he uses in this book (like No, David!) reminds me a child’s art work without looking exactly like a child’s art work.

You may have to see the book to understand what I mean but get it and share it with the toddler or preschooler in your life.

–SueBE

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