Monday, February 11, 2013

Dragons Love Tacos

Booklist (August 2012 (Online))

Grades K-2. Tacos are high on the list of dragon-friendly foods. Who knew? There is, however, a major qualification: the salsa must be mild (“even a speck of hot pepper makes a dragon snort sparks”). Rubin and Salmieri, the creators of Those Darn Squirrels! (2008), offer up a how-to guide to throwing one heck of a dragons’ taco party. First, you’ll need tacos—“pantloads of tacos”—and mild salsa, of course. Then, throw in a few decorations (taco-shaped balloons will work) and some music and—voilĂ . Unfortunately, in this tale, someone didn’t read the fine print on the Totally Mild Salsa jar, and the hosts are in for a toasty surprise. The slight story meanders a bit, but the humor is helped along by Salmieri’s cartoonish watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations, which extend the text through small details, from an “I Love Tacos” T-shirt to a No Spicy Salsa: A Guide to Dragon Cuisine cookbook. The whole thing is over-the-top ridiculousness, and kids will most likely warm to it for that very reason.

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