Thursday, May 26, 2011

Book Review: When a Dragon Moves In

When a Dragon Moves In
Written by: Jodi Moore
Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam
Published by: Flashlight Press, May 1, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-979974-67-0
Price: $16.95
Ages: 4-8
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Roxanne Werner

Synopsis: A little boy and his family spend a relaxing day at the beach until a dragon moves into the boy’s sandcastle. At first, the boy enjoys his new friend. The dragon toasts marshmallows, flies a kite and scares away bullies. Things start to go wrong when the boy tries to convince his family that there is a dragon. No one believes him and he must take the blame for the dragon’s pranks.

Overall thoughts: Jodi Moore’s debut book is a whimsical look at family life and a little boy’s need for attention. The large red dragon, portrayed vividly by Howard McWilliam’s illustrations, is both mischievous and lovable. The reader is left to decide if the dragon is real or only a product of a boy’s vivid imagination. McWilliam’s artwork provides reasonable explanations for the dragon’s antics, if we choose to take them. But perhaps on a warm summer day, it’s more fun to let our imaginations run wild, and believe that if we build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in. Moore has built the perfect story for a child’s imagination to move in.  

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