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Dragons Love Tacos (edition 2012)

by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)

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Member:JodiEasley
Title:Dragons Love Tacos
Authors:Adam Rubin
Other authors:Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
Info:Dial (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Picture Books, Your library
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Tags:Following Directions; Learning New Skills

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Introduce the book/ Tell about book: Have you ever wondered what Dragons looovee to eat? They LOVE tacos! Tacos are their favorite food! They could eat buckets and buckets of tacos. In fact, if you were to have a party for dragons with tacos, you would need to fill an entire boat up with tacos to make sure they had enough. But do you know what dragons hate? Hot salsa!! They cannot stand it! Bad things happen when they eat hot salsa…
Favorite Part: My favorite part of this book is how the dragons love tacos so much, yet they are very specific, just like you and me! We all have things we don't like to eat, and so do they!
Give recommendation: If you love tacos, love dragons, or love imagining what would happen if dragons ate Hot salsa and all the destruction it could possibly lead to, then this book is definitely for you!!!
  KaylaAnn715 | Apr 21, 2015 |
This was a fantasy book which explains that dragons love tacos. Dragons also hate spicy salsa! The boy through a taco party for the dragons with a boat full of tacos, but accidentally put jalepenos in the salsa. The dragons ate the tacos and fire came out of their mouths. The fire burnt down the boys house. Since dragons are so nice, they helped the boy rebuild his home..only because there were tacos involved. ( )
  karleesampson | Apr 20, 2015 |
This modern fantasy story is about how much dragons enjoy eating tacos. In order to become friends with a dragon, tacos are the way to their hearts. The little boy in the book learns that the toppings of the tacos need to stay mild to prevent tummy troubles. The dragons also enjoy all different kinds of parties, especially taco parties. However, the dragons ate something spicy and catch the entire house on fire and have to rebuild the boy's house. ( )
  BayleeWestrick | Mar 27, 2015 |
I did like the book, and I think young ones will, too, BUT (you knew that was coming, didn't you) I felt there was a disconnect between eating the mild salsa with the spicey jalapeños, the destruction of the house, and the rebuilding of it. Is this another case of "lack of editor?" It seems to be a prevalent problem.

Ah well, have a taco! ( )
  kaulsu | Dec 19, 2014 |
I'm of two minds about this book.

The good:
-The illustrations are wonderful. The background is pale watercolor-speckled, and the dragons are brightly colored and expressive in their body language and facial expressions. There are a lot of humorous details if you look closely, such as the text on book spines and food labels. There is not one central dragon character, so it's interesting to see what all of them are up to on each page.
-The overall idea that eating spicy salsa causes dragons to spurt smoke from their ears and breathe fire is funny and appealing, almost like a myth (Why Wolves Howl at the Moon, etc.).

The less good:
-This has a higher word count than many picture books. It's repetitive, but not necessarily in a way that lends itself to participation in read-alouds (there isn't one particular refrain).
-The story meanders, as if a young child were telling it. The story arc makes sense, but - and I've never said this about a picture book before - I feel like it could have been edited down and streamlined.

Overall, it's kind of fun and wacky. There's no moral or lesson (except maybe to be real careful about serious allergies?), just goofy dragons and a taco party. It could be a good read-aloud book for the right group of kids, and it would be easy to come up with a good craft to follow storytime. ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 18, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803736800, Hardcover)

This scrumptious read-aloud has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:48 -0400)

Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them them anything with spicy salsa.

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