A young boy builds a sand castle on the beach and a dragon moves in. The boy and the dragon spend the day at the shore flying a kite, braving the waves, defying bullies, and roasting marshmallows, while the boy's parents remain occupied nearby with their own pastimes. When no one believes the boy's story about the dragon, the creature launches into a mischievous mode and wreaks havoc on everything in its path-- or is it all in the boy's imagination?… (more)
To Larry, Alex & Steve, my muses, my loves --J. M.
For Rebecca --H. M.
If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in.
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Moore, J. (2011). When a dragon moves in. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.
Summary: This book is about a boy that builds a sand castle and lets a dragon stay in it. Together the two try to convince his mom, dad, and sister that the dragon exists. After becoming frustrated that no one believes him, he sends the dragon off and knocks over the castle but the very next day he builds another one for more dragons to come.
Tags and Collections: The book does not specifically say if the dragon is made up in the child's imagination or if it really did exist and no one took the time to pay it any attention. I think the book is a good example of how sometimes adults ignore what children really have to say or easily dismiss them. I think it would be a good book to read when discusses ways in which we can be heard.
Comments: I really love the illustrator's (Howard McWilliam) use of color on the pages. I also think he does a great job showing us what the characters are feeling my making matching facial expressions to their feelings.