In this charming second-person narrative, our little boy hero imparts his infinite knowledge of how to dress a dragon, a task that isn't quite as easy as it may seem. With helpful hints like 'You may have to tickle-tackle him to the floor and give him belly kisses' and warnings like 'Dragons do not like shirts. But they do like capes!', this story is not only delightfully entertaining, but extremely endearing.
I asked to review this book as I have a house full of boys who love all things dragons and sometimes getting them ready for the day I feel I can relate well to this story ! We were super excited when the book arrived to review and my 3 year old placed it on his pillow for a story later that night.
The book itself has wonderful illustrations but we found the dust cover unnecessary, as this is normally the first thing to get ruined by little hands so we took that off but love that it had a hardcover that would withstand my boys. My 3 and 7 year olds loved the simplicity of the book and the funny words used. They came up with there own ideas and stories on how they would try and dress a dragon the only down side is because this book is so short we had to read it a couple of times but the upside to that was each time they came up with different ideas. I think that this book would be aimed at under 7/8 but is great as a read alone book also for the older children and they would have a blast talking about what they're dragon would act and look like
"How to dress a dragon" - what a great title!!! This is definitely a book that I need - I own a multitude of dragons after all!
We were lucky enough to receive How to Dress a Dragon in our latest package from KIWIreviews - and, as is usually likely - my children were super excited that there was something in there for them! My youngest is a 3 year old boy and adores dinosaurs, dragons, anything with wings really - and he giggled upon being told what the book was about.
This book is a hardcover book with a dust jacket, which is my honest opinion - is not needed - kids, and dust jackets - they just get crinkled, ripped or lost. Hardcover book though - BIG WIN! Love that is it sturdy and protects the pages when we traipse it all over the house and around to playdate's and activities too. The pages are great quality and thickness - and will last through many readings with little hands I think.
The first thing that captured my attention was the gorgeous illustrations. They are cartoon-y, bright, inviting and oh so cute! Every page has so much detail to look at and giggle at - exactly what my children did. This book has a some wonderful, tongue rolling, laughter inducing words - such as sit-saddle and tickle-tackle - that kids totally want to do as they are reading! This book talks you step by step through how to dress your dragon - starting with froggy underwear right through button-less shirts (dragons do not like them), and ending with.... well - I cannot ruin the story!!!
This story has excellent re-readability - Master 3 asked for it 4 times in a row! Because it is not super complicated or long, it means you can re-read it without taking all night! I loved that Miss nearly 5 could use her early reading behaviours to invent her own story from the very clear pictures, and that Miss 7 could read this independently to her siblings - both of which have happened many times already.
This is a super cute book -best aimed at younger children (under 8 years I think), with the ability to be re-read many times and notice different things, role play it and use your imagination as to what it might be like to ACTUALLY own and have to dress a dragon ..... how cool would that be!
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