There Are No Dragons in This Book

NorthSouth. Mar. 2024. 32p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780735845497.
PreS-Gr 2–A colorful comedic book that asks questions about dragons. This interactive picture book is written in a poetry riddle format. On each page, a seemingly omniscient narrator makes the case that there are no dragons. In one scenario, readers see human hands to prove there are no dragons, but there are also claws. On another page children are depicted playing, some barefoot; there are also dragon feet. So continues the pattern each page, the narrator repeating there are no dragons but showing fireplaces that look like dragons breathing out fire, children playing with dragon masks, and then a realistic tail of a dragon. As all the clues build, readers see that the unreliable narrator is a dragon. In the epilogue, all his friends join him, along with the humans in the neighborhood. Children will love the contradictions throughout, as well as the comparisons that give life to the narrator’s case.
VERDICT A combination of story and mystery, this book is a grand addition to any children’s collection.

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