Be a Good Dragon

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When Enzo the dragon catches a cold, it's no mere sniffle. No indeed! His coughs and sneezes set fields aflame and barns on fire. The villagers are fleeing their farms and the townsfolk are up in arms. What's a poor fire-sneezing dragon to do? As it turns out, a royal magician has just the right medicine to help Enzo get rid of his cold. And soon, with a little bit of Abbra-ka-brew, Enzo is feeling better and ready to head back to his dragon den. Told in rollicking rhyming text this cautionary tale from author/illustrator Kurt Cyrus (Shake a Leg, Egg! and Invisible Lizard) reminds readers of all ages to cover their mouths when they sneeze.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Copyright 2018
BISACS JUV019000, JUV002270, JUV057000
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Lexile 550
ISBN 9781585363834
Title Format Hardcover
Release Date 2018-02-15
Author Kurt Cyrus
Illustrator Kurt Cyrus
Features Reviewed
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 11
Guided Reading Level K
Accelerated Reader® Quiz Pending

School Library Journal - Be a Good Dragon

PreS-Gr 2–When Enzo the dragon gets sick, nothing but trouble follows him. Unable to stave off his accidental attacks of fire-breathing sneezes, the neighborhood wizard tricks the dragon into getting some sleep and getting rid of his cold. Cyrus’s rhyming text is consistent in its rhythm and word choice, and filled with humorous lines like “Warn all the people! Sound the alarm! Pack up your piggies and flee from your farm!” The accompanying artwork certainly gets the job done, but if there’s any criticism to be found, it’s that the illustrations are perhaps too traditional. Although it does convey the action of the story and the many humorous moments, like Enzo sneezing corn into popcorn, the characters seem rather flat on the page with nothing really jumping out to readers, which doesn’t seem to match the outrageous and comedic nature of the story. That aside, kids will love the silliness of Enzo’s journey and will forever remember that if they are going to sneeze, “be a good dragon and cover it, please.” VERDICT A solid addition for all collections and a good storytime choice, especially during cold season.

Author, Illustrator: Kurt Cyrus