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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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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 |
SUMMARY
The narrator tells the reader all about how much dragons love tacos. He also tells the reader that they love parties. Therefore, they adore taco parties. However, dragons cannot have spicy salsa at all. Unfortunately, a can of salsa isn't hidden and the dragons eat it, causing them to burn down the house. The dragons help rebuild the house because they are nice, but also because they like the taco breaks.

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I think the best part about this story was the humor. It's obviously written for the purpose of entertaining the reader. I also loved that the narration was speaking right to you. For instance, the narrator tells the reader to make sure that all of the spicy salsa is hidden away from the dragons so they do no eat it. It was a simple, enjoyable read that I think many young kids would enjoy. ( )
  tstato1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
This fantasy book about having dragons over for a taco party is delightfully light-hearted. It tells you about what dragons like on their tacos, and what they definitely don't. It would be a great activity for writing and different prompts about animals, food, and what you would do if a certain animal were to be your pet.
  emilystrong | Dec 1, 2014 |
In my opinion, this book is hilarious. I love how the author wrote the whole story in third person. This makes the narration a hundred times funnier. A read aloud with this book would be hit and entertaining for the whole class. On one of the pages about dragons, it says, “Why do dragons love parties? Maybe it’s the conversation. Maybe it’s the dancing. Maybe it’s the comforting sound of a good friend’s laughter…either way, if you want to make friends with dragons, tacos are key”. Lines like this one definitely makes the reader/listener giggle to themselves. The author gives many human like characteristic to the dragon which makes the story even more humorous. For example, in the story, the dragons’ biggest dislike is the salsa. Just like humans, dragons have their dislikes and their likes, preferences and non-preferences. The author also used a lot of descriptive language like, “sizzling pan, crispy tortillas, tummy troubles, and pantloads of tacos” to enhance the writing and help the reader visualize the story better. The message of the story is to make sure everything is perfect when it comes to a taco party with dragons. Do not let dragons eat any type of salsa because they will burn your house down...no pun intended. ( )
  bigkristin | Nov 3, 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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