Would You Rather Be a Princess or a Dragon?

Would You Rather Be a Princess or a Dragon? illus. by Barney Saltzberg. 32p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Sept. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781626723580.
PreS-K—If readers are ever faced with the choice of being a princess or a dragon, Saltzberg's succinct rhyming verse will help them decide the path to select. Princesses enjoy princess things, like the color pink and bubble baths. Dragons, on the other hand, enjoy green and being dirty. Princesses are polite and dragons misbehave. The stereotypes that are illustrated with simple line drawings are made interesting by textures. The green-scaled dragon and pink-swirled princess pop against the stark white background. Children are sure to be pleased with the twist at the end, when the princess needs a break and wants to be a bit wild, "because inside every princess is a little dragon child." And inside every dragon is a little princess waiting to get out. Quite literally, a princess is trying to get out (of the dragon's mouth).
VERDICT With the bold illustrations, rhyming short text, and popular subject matter, this book is sure to delight a storytime crowd.

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