Waking Dragons

October 2012. 32p. 978-1-41699-903-1. 16.99.
PreS-K–What a treat when Yolen employs her fantasy-writing talents for the younger set. In fewer than a dozen sentences, readers discover dragons’ morning rituals, from fang brushing to “breakfast waffles,/topped with syrup,/which makes dragons/really cheer up.” Luckily for the small knight who assists with their ablutions, part of the schedule includes delivering him to school. Anderson’s familiar golden-washed cartoon paintings embellish the humor. Details like a fire extinguisher labeled “In case of dragon breath,” as well as the dragons’ flying goggles, mean this story’s popularity will spread like fire.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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