Book: When a DRAGON Moves in AGAIN Author: Jodi Moore Illustrator: Howard McWilliam Publisher: Flashlight Press Date: September 1, 2015 Genre: children's picture book; K-2; age 5-7 Pages: 32 Price: $17.95 My rating: a delightfully fun story of a boy, his dragon, and somebody new
Because I haven’t yet had opportunity to read When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore, I am starting with her second book, When a DRAGON Moves in AGAIN. It is completely enjoyable without having to read the first book.
Let’s begin with the end pages which used to be simply plain, but that has changed for many books. These are gorgeous, so family focused. Take a peek.
Isn’t that delightful? Family photos are posted on a bulletin board, including ones capturing the mischievous little boy making faces at the camera. The end pages at the back are different photos.
As we begin reading When a DRAGON Moves in AGAIN, and having not read the first book, we naturally assume the little boy has already fully developed his imaginary dragon friend. In this story, the boy and his dragon enter a new situation together.
One day the dad builds what his young son believes to be a castle. Of course, if you have a castle you have a place for your dragon. They bounce and play in it until … the mom says that’s for the baby. Baby? His sister is hoping for a girl, she obviously feels she has enough brothers.
For a young child, welcoming a new baby into the family is not always an easy transition. When the baby arrives, his big brother is okay with it until Baby cries a lot. He has to be entertained, but Dragon breaks things and makes a mess in the attempt. When Baby is sleeping Dragon wakes him up. It’s then that Dad decides they’ve had enough of dragons, but Big Brother wants Baby sent back. Dragon is not so sure about that.
The illustrations in When a DRAGON Moves in AGAIN are fabulous. Howard McWilliam has captured the emotions and expressions so accurately, with a humorous touch, it’s easy to feel what everyone in the story feels. This is a wonderful story for the whole family.
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