Dragon Was Terrible – Perfect Picture Book Friday

It’s Fall!! It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday!



We all know those little dragons who just can’t behave. They’re busy coloring on the walls. Playing pranks. Throwing sand.

This story is about an incorrigible dragon, just like the ones you may have at home—only worse. The dragon terrorizes villagers, spitting on cupcakes, stomping on flowers, stealing candy from baby unicorns. Then the KING makes a proclamation that sounds quite authoritarian, rewarding any knight who can tame the dragon. Everyone has high hopes. But the knights fail miserably.


That pesky, tagging dragon…..Another proclamation, this time offering a reward to the villagers if they can tame the dragon.


That pesky, tagging dragon. But the villagers fail, too.

Enter a boy with a feathered cap who takes a different, mysterious approach to taming that terrible dragon. An approach that focuses on telling a story. Yes, folks. This book shows us how the power of story can tame the most terrible of dragons, our children. And it’s done without moralizing, pointing fingers, or otherwise hitting the reader on the head with anything resembling a plank. Well done!


TITLE: Dragon Was Terrible

Ages: preschool – first grade

Author: Kelly DiPucchio 

Illustrator: Greg Pizzoli

Publisher and pub date: FSG 2016

ISBN: 978-0-374-30049-4


22 thoughts on “Dragon Was Terrible – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Sheila says:

    I’ve missed hearing about books like this! I love the graffiti – those dragons can be pretty pesky. I hope everything’s going well with you these days. I just saw that you got to meet Britt – that’s so great!

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Hi Shelia! Yes, it was sooo cool to finally meet Britt! I’ve been pretty absent lately, trying to find a new agent, keeping a new puppy from chewing up the house or piddling inside, working on Kidquake (a big Litquake event targeting schoolkids, and taking an online poetry class. And I just found out I’ll be heading to the Big Sur Writing Workshop put on by the Andrea Brown Agency in early December. I just don’t have time to keep up with my blog or read many other blogs. As soon as things chill a little, I’m going to be more present. Hope all is well with you!

      • Sheila says:

        Wow – lots of craziness going on! I know what you mean – life definitely gets in the way of blogging. Good luck with everything and have fun with that puppy!

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