Thursday, April 7, 2011

When a Dragon Moves In

Jodi Moore's debut picture book is out now! Here’s a portion of one review on Publishers Weekly:

Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its sequels should enjoy how debut author Moore, channeling an imaginative boy at the beach with his family, muses upon the consequences of having a bright red dragon take up lodging in his sand castle. At first it's all fun and games ("'ll have a built-in marshmallow toaster"), with a little subterfuge thrown in (since there's no smoking on the beach, "you'll have to hide his smoke from the lifeguard"). But as the day wears on, the fantasy begins to impinge on others. (Read more here.)

I picked up my copy last month:

Illustrations by Howard McWilliam

If you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in.

(Read an interview with Jodi Moore here.)

Getting back to the review, I also have If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in my picture book library, but it wasn’t my first thought after reading When a Dragon Moves In. I do see the comparison, though:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Illustrations by Felicia Bond

If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....

(Read the full description here.)

It’s interesting how reading experiences affect each of us differently. I focused more on the imaginary scapegoat theme, and it reminded me of another favorite:

In this fictional story inspired by the famous jazz musician Jean "Django" Reinhardt, a young boy named Jean meets a special character called the Django. He’s fun and exciting, but he always gets Jean into trouble.

Have you read this one yet? It's a bit darker than When a Dragon Moves In, but I think both of these books are a super fun read—especially for boys. Pinfold and McWilliam are two of my favorite illustrators, and they did an outstanding job capturing the mood of each story. Cheers!

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