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