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Dragons Love Tacos
Contributor(s): Rubin, Adam, Salmieri, Daniel (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0803736800     ISBN-13: 9780803736801
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2012
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Annotation: Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them anything with spicy salsa.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dragons; Fiction.
Tacos; Fiction.
Food habits; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mythical
- Juvenile Fiction | Cooking & Food
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011035699
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 152991
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66188
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri are the creators of the New York Times bestselling Robo-Sauce and Secret Pizza Party. Adam lives in New York, New York, and Daniel lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Dragons love tacos, but they don't like spicy salsa--it gives them "tummy troubles." At his dragon taco party, a boy inadvertently serves up mildly spicy salsa and his guests accidentally burn his house down. The one-note plot falls a little short, but an absurd premise, funny (if repetitive) text, and humor-laced watercolor, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations will draw kids in.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 April #2)

Rubin and Salmieri (Those Darn Squirrels!) are two of the weirdest, funniest guys working in kids' lit today. The team lets its geek flag fly in an obsessive how-to guide for would-be dragon taco party hosts. Why a taco party? As Rubin explains, "The only things dragons love more than parties or tacos, is taco parties." If further proof is required, Salmieri—whose poker-faced watercolor, gouache, and color pencil drawings set a benchmark for oddball observational humor—shows one odd, scaly creature with a carryout bag from "Taco Cave" and another beaming with anticipation as it eagerly circles the date for a taco party on its taco-themed calendar. But beware: even if all the tips and rules are followed to the letter (on quantity: "The best way to judge is to get a boat and fill the boat with tacos"), all will be for naught if spicy salsa makes its way into the taco filling. In fact, the dragons will bring a whole new meaning to "housewarming." Off-kilter fun for those who like their picture books (and salsa) zesty and fresh. Ages 3–5. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 June)

PreS-Gr 2—The goofy creators of Those Darn Squirrels! (2008) and Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door (2010, both Clarion) are back with another wacky story. Given the cover image of a red dragon gorging itself on tacos and the taco-filled endpapers, readers are prepared for the sheer silliness of this offering. A bemused young dragon fan and his dog are given the inside scoop on the best way to entertain dragons—with a taco party. A helpful narrator offers the boy advice about planning the festivities, informing him that dragons love tacos—beef tacos, chicken tacos, gigantic tacos, and tiny tacos. But those preparing to host these parties are cautioned to keep any kind of spicy salsa off the menu or suffer the consequences. After filling his house with tacos, getting rid of the salsa, and letting the party begin, the host is sure he's properly prepared, but he's missed the jalapeños peppers listed in the fine print of the "Totally Mild Salsa." Uh, oh! The watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil cartoon illustrations are the real stars here, extending the frivolous text. Regardless of, or perhaps because of, the absurdity of the story, this tale should be a big hit with anyone with an affinity for dragons.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI

[Page 96]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
 
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