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Picture Book Saturday: Loveabye Dragon

The Deets:
audience: wee ones
ISBN: 9780763654085
publisher: September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press




Lovabye DragonIn her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl.


When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?





I found Loveabye Dragon on a list of 2012's best picture books while looking for new books to read with my son at bedtime.

While I thought the illustrations were adorable, the story itself was just so-so. The story was cute, but the prose felt forced at times. Some of the words used to make a rhyme didn't seem to fit with the story and seemed out of place. I was disappointed with that. At least the pictures captured the whimsical nature of the story. I loved the silly antics the princess and the dragon managed to participate in.

While my son was mildly impressed with this one, I think a younger (under 5) girl might enjoy it. It definitely seemed geared towards the young princesses.

 

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