Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Zany, funny time-travel adventure to restore taco supply.

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Educational Value

Introduces the idea of time travel, which kids may encounter in future science fiction stories. 

Positive Messages

Do what you can to make your friends happy and save the world (from a taco shortage) -- even if it means traveling through time.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kid is creative and inventive as he tries to solve the problem of the taco shortage. He looks out for his friends, the dragons. He's kind and upbeat. 

Violence & Scariness

Lots of cartoonish fire-breathing dragon mayhem. 

Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri's Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel follows the enormously popular Dragons Love Tacos. In that first book, all heck breaks loose when the taco-loving dragons accidentally eat spicy salsa, breathe fire, and burn the taco party down. Now there are no more tacos worldwide, which makes the dragons cry. So the little boy from the first book figures he should use his time machine to go back in time (along with his dog and three dragon friends) to right before the taco party, get some tacos, and bring them back to plant a taco tree and grow a never-ending supply. Mayhem ensues -- including going back too far to the time of cavemen and dragons once again consuming hot salsa and scorching everything in sight. Absurd silliness abounds.

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What's the story?

In DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: THE SEQUEL, dragons are crying because there are no more tacos left in the world -- even the reserve supplies are depleted. So the kid from the first book, in which dragons ate spicy salsa at a taco party and burned the house down, thinks, "If only we could somehow go back in time to our delicious taco party (before the spicy salsa, of course). We could save a handful of tacos, plant them in the ground, and grow taco trees so we never run out of tacos again. The dragons would be so happy." He figures this is "the perfect opportunity to fire up that time machine in the garage." He does, and he takes his dog and three dragon friends with him. But, surprise, surprise, there are some mishaps -- like setting the dial too far back, ending up in the time of cavemen, and for some reason landing in a dragon Diaper Cave, where dragons love diapers instead of tacos -- before they get back to our time with one precious taco left to plant, thereby saving the day. 

Is it any good?

This zany time-travel adventure dives headfirst into the absurd with a story sure to amuse young fans of the first book. It's not as cohesive as that one, but who needs cohesive when you're imagining wacky situations for taco-obsessed dragons? Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel offers crazy scenarios with lots of funny gags to spot in the cartoon-like art, including an ending spread of historical and pop culture figures consuming tacos -- including Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Frankenstein, Amelia Earhart, Jimi Hendrix, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and an alien from outer space hovering in his spaceship. As the one line of text on that spread says, "Heck, everyone likes tacos."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the time travel in Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel. If you could use a time machine, what time would you travel back to, and why? 

  • Dragons Love Tacos 2 isn't just funny, it's crazy funny. What's fun about a story where everything seems to go wrong? What surprised you most in what happened in the story? 

  • Do you think there'll be a third book with these characters? What new crazy dragon-taco story might the authors cook up? 

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