I received this book for free from Boyds Mills Press at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
This Book Is Not About Dragons by Shelley Moore Thomas
Published on September 13, 2016.
Meet a mouse narrator who stubbornly insists that this book contains absolutely no dragons—not even a claw nor a flame nor any large, pointy scales. Readers will know better—and enjoy being in on the joke—as a flock of dragons chase the mouse to the very end of the book within the book. Suspense builds humorously as the energetic text insists there are no dragons in this book, leading to a clever, unexpected ending. Clever artwork by Fred Koehler provides fun scenes to linger on and details to discover over multiple readings.
This book reminded me a lot of The Monster at the End of this Book, which was one of my favorite books as a child. In this story, the mouse is insisting that there are no dragons in the book, but every page has a dragon on it – even if it’s just a small part, like the claws. I could almost hear the giggling of small children in my head, even though I read this book alone.
Kids will love finding the dragon on every page. And the mouse’s explanations of the dragons actually being clouds, or a truck, or a bunny, will make them laugh for sure. It’s a cute story that I wished I could go back in time and read with my son when he was 3 years.
It’s perfect for ages 2-4, and it could even be a good independent read for older kids because I think they’d still find it fun. I loved the ending.
My Rating: 4 stars
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