Do Not Bring Your Dragon To The Library (review)

July 7, 2016 Book Reviews 7 ★★★½

Do Not Bring Your Dragon To The Library (review)Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman
Illustrator: Andy Elkerton
Published by Capstone on Aug. 1, 2016
Genres: Children's Books, Picture Books
Pages: 32
Format: eARC
Source: the publisher
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Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important and some not so important library etiquette in a very entertaining way.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.


Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library is a rhyming picture book detailing all the possible disasters that will ensue if you take your dragon to the library. It’s an idea guaranteed to delight a child — from shelves knocked over to books set alight, the potential calamities are both funny and dire. Delightful, colorful illustrations fill each page; the dragons, patrons, and librarian show a range of facial expressions — and plenty of diversity. Both male and female pronouns are used for the dragons, as well.

The book’s weak point is the text: the couplets do rhyme and the situations are amusing, but the rhythm falters awkwardly at times, with extra syllables breaking the flow. Since rhythm is a major part of the appeal of many rhyming children’s books, this is a definite drawback. However, if that doesn’t bother you, and you have a very young fan of either dragons or libraries in your life, track down a copy of the book and give it a try. The pictures and the absurdity of each situation will leave you smiling.



7 Responses to “Do Not Bring Your Dragon To The Library (review)”

  1. Lark

    It’s a cute idea for a picture book. Too bad the text wasn’t quite as strong as the illustrations. Guess you can’t have everything. 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I think children would still enjoy it, but if you were reading it aloud, it might help to practice first, so you don’t get thrown by the breaks in the rhythm.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The rhythm is a little bit of a drawback, but the pictures are delightful enough to make up for it. I would gladly read this to a child.