Do your kids go through phases? Mine do. And, right now, my kids are in an all-out dragon phase. Below are fifteen of their favorites, so you can join in the dragon-y love. I love the dragon-y diversity. And I'd love it if you'd chime in with your fire-breathing favorites too.
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki
That Pesky Dragon by Julie Sykes
Illustrated by Melanie Williamson
Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon by Ute Krause
Argus by Michelle Knudsen
Illustrated by Andrea Wesson
Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle
Art by Hanako Wakiyama
Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell
I like the absurdia aspect of this book. The world that Chris Riddell created is a bit reminiscent of Suess. Though the story's a bit random and manic, it's enjoyable in all its quirky glory. It ends with a cute twist on life perspective.
The Dragon Trilogy by M. P. Robertson
We first meet sweet, studious George in The Egg, as he wonders what will hatch from the giant golden egg he finds in the family hen house. When a dragon hatches, George takes the task to heart. After training his new found dragon, he learns that it's okay to say goodbye. But George has made a friend for life, and his dragon adventures continue in The Dragon Snatcher and The Great Dragon Rescue , where George and his dragon team up to save other dragons from a dastardly wizard and a toad-eating witch. The realistic paintings are the best part of the threesome. The kiddos were completely drawn into George's world.
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury
King Jack and the Dragon celebrates the imagination, bravado, friendship and fears of boyhood. I love that it's a dragon book filled with the sweet innocence of childhood play.
Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman
Illustrated by Lee Wildish
Dragon Stew is a tale of a bored band of Viking punks looking for something to do. Eventually they decide upon the perfect something new: dragon stew. And the dragon hunt begins. In the end, thankfully, the dragon gets the best of these Viking rapscallions.
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward
Illustrated by Wayne Anderson
The Dragon Machine tells the story of a lonely, forgotten boy who sees dragons that no one else notices. It's a very melancholy story, but the drawings of the boy's amazing dragon machine are so wonderful that I highly recommend it, even if on that basis alone. I liked that machine-like drawings so much that I hunted down another Ward/Anderson creation: The Tin Forest . I recommend you check them both out of your local library. The Tin Forest hits a brighter note.
Max's Dragon by Kate Banks
Pictures by Boris Kulikov
Max's Dragon celebrates rhyming, imagination and building human connection. The boys loved that a dragon was hiding in most of the illustrations, and that the story involved cloud-watching. It's a follow-up book to Max's Words , which after flipping through the sample on Amazon, I think I would really, really like. It's a book about collections -- and how Max finally decided to be a collector of words. My kind of book. I love how finding one book can lead you on a trail to another that you love even more.
Dragon Pizzeria by Mary Morgan
Dragon Pizzeria gets mixed reviews in our house. It's not my favorite, but Nolan really likes it. Two dragons open a pizza joint. Right there is the draw: dragons + pizza = cool. They take orders from a wide array of fairy tale characters, each who order toppings tailored to their character. The book culminates at a storybook wedding with an ensemble cast and a pizza feast. It's told in comic book style, which is probably why it's not my favorite thing to read. Am I the only one who has trouble with comic book format?
Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow & Lenny Lipton
Art by Eric Puybaret
I included Puff The Magic Dragon because you can't have a dragon list without it. I'm not a huge fan of song-based books, but Puff is legendary. And the new artwork is really nice. The one we checked out of our library included an audio cd, which my boys loved listening while flipping through it.
How to Train Your Dragon by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
Translated by Cressida Cowell ;-)
In ode to what started the dragon obsession in our household, I had to include the How to Train Your Dragon DVD. My boys watched the movie at two different play dates. Then we borrowed it from our library. When they still couldn't get enough, I searched out every dragon picture book known to man and filled our lunchtimes with dragon-y goodness. Matthew and I are still working our way through the first chapter book in Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series -- the books that inspired the movie. It's a little rough around the edges, making me cringe with names like Snotlout, Dogsbreath, and the like, but Matthew is loving it.
What are your family's dragon loving favorites?
What are your family's dragon loving favorites?