A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids learn about taco ingredients, from tortillas, veggies, garlic, and peppers to meat, cheese, and salsa. In a funny way, they learn the difference between mild salsa and hot, spicy salsa.
Read the fine print on food labels. There could be an ingredient that will upset your tummy -- or that of your dragon. Also, if an accident happens, good friends will help you clean it up afterward.
Positive Role Models
The boy narrator is caring, generous, and responsible. He hosts a big taco party for dragons -- stocking up on literally a boatload of tacos and even decorating with taco balloons -- and tries to make sure he gives his guests only mild salsa. He tries to stop them when he sees they're eating salsa that has bits of jalapeno peppers in it.
Violence & Scariness
After accidentally eating tacos with spicy salsa, the dragons breathe fire and destroy the boy's house. But then they cheerfuly help the boy rebuild it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons Love Tacos is a funny, silly picture book with wonderful art, and it's perfect for reading aloud or reading alone. In a lighthearted way, it's very serious about warning kids what not to feed dragons: hot, spicy salsa on their tacos.
Is It Any Good?
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS is delightful, silly fun from start to finish. The boy narrator speaks directly to the reader, beginning with, "Hey, kid! Did you know that dragons love tacos?" He goes on to explain how they hate spicy salsa and love parties, especially taco parties. The narrator addresses the dragons directly, too, as in: "Hey, dragon, why do you guys love tacos so much?"
There's lots to look at in the cartoon-like illustrations, with dragons of all shapes, sizes, and colors socializing at costume parties and pool parties, dancing, playing charades, and ultimately donning hardhats to rebuild the house they accidentally destroy during a taco party. The humor is deadpan and nonstop.
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