When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore
|July 13, 2013||Posted by Christine Gordon Manley under Adventure, Young Readers|
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam | Published by Flashlight Press
Reviewed by Christine Gordon Manley & Kait Manley
The timing could not have been more perfect for this book to arrive in our mailbox. It’s full-on summer, here in Prince Edward Island where I live. This means trips to the beach and, of course, building sandcastles! A story set on the beach immediately captured the attention of my 5-year-old daughter, and so, we decided to review this book together.
When a Dragon Moves In tells the tale of a little boy and his family at the beach, and the misadventures he gets into when a dragon moves into his perfect sandcastle. It’s funny, too, making both me and my daughter laugh (a good children’s book should always entertain the parent in my opinion). Bright illustrations added to the lively tale.
Imagination is the central theme to this book and the boy around which the story revolves certainly has it in spades. A simple thing such as blowing bubbles in his drink is transformed, in his mind, to a dragon making fizzy lemonade. Broken seashells become the dragon’s teeth; the sound of the ocean waves, its roar.
I’m not sure children will fully get that the dragon isn’t real—more so that “grown ups” can’t see dragons (and perhaps that is the real truth!)—, but it doesn’t matter. My child loved all the little details about the dragon, and since she has been going to the beach a lot lately, the setting was perfect for her.
I’m pretty sure I know what will happen the next time we do go to the beach and she builds a sandcastle!
What Kait liked:
Kait (5 years old) thinks both little boys and little girls will like this book. She recommends it to any child. She loved seeing all the pictures, especially at the end when even more dragons move in to a sandcastle.
Kait thought the story was “fun,” and she especially liked it when the dragon ate all the peanut butter sandwiches and had to learn some manners.
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