FICTION

You Don’t Want a Dragon!

Little, Brown. Jun. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316535809.
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K-Gr 2–Trust the narrator who warns the boy pictured with the small dragon that he does not, not, not want it for a pet. Dragons drool, grow, and burn things (not to mention another bodily function). With a coin in the wishing well, the boy makes another wish and magically resolves his dragon problem. Right around the corner is the perfect pet for the boy: a guinea pig. But while the boy is cleaning up for his small friend, the rodent eats a unicorn dropping—a cupcake—that gives him a unicorn horn. Similar to You Don’t Want a Unicorn (2017) by this same duo, the digitally created art is silly and bright with slapstick humor.
VERDICT While not an essential purchase for school or public libraries, this book’s subject matter has perennial—and enaging—interest.

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