Do Not Disturb the Dragon

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Pub Date 01 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 30 Aug 2022
Rosen Publishing, Windmill Books

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Life skills, Picture book

Hiding out in a dark cave in an old forest, a dragon hopes for peace and quiet. But townspeople find the dragon’s home and destroy it. What will the dragon do? This book explores the harmful effects people can have on their environment through a fantastical lens. It provides a perfect introduction to environmentalism for children through an entertaining story.

Life skills, Picture book

Hiding out in a dark cave in an old forest, a dragon hopes for peace and quiet. But townspeople find the dragon’s home and destroy it. What will the dragon do? This book...

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Do Not Disturb the Dragon is a really good book about taking care of the planet and not disturbing it too much. I loved the storyline and the dragon illustrations. It had a good message.

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The book "Do Not Disturb the Dragon" is really good and it talks about taking care of the planet. It also informs the reader that we should not disturb it too much. However, I am not fond of all the extra pages with little text and a lack of illustrations. I am not sure if it was a formatting issue on my end or if it is how the book is.

The storyline was nice and the illustrations are nicely done.

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This book tells the story of a dragon who lives at the bottom of a lake in a cave. She does not like when fishers, swimmers or bottled water companies disturb her. When she runs out of water she gets upset, eats the people and burns down the forests then goes to sleep in a crater in the moon. This book tells an interesting story that could perhaps lead to discussions about taking care of the planet but I’m not sure that most kids would get to that message without the support of an adult reading with them. It does have the appeal of the dragon being a scary and exciting character for fantasy loving children though so I could see this book being loved by lots of kids for that reason alone. The font is fairly small and is usually black on a light coloured background. Some pages have one half blank with text and the other with a detailed illustration, while others have the text imposed over the image. It is a fairly short story and the illustrations are creative and help tell the story. As a grade 3 teacher, I would recommend this book to parents of children in the age 4-6 range. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!

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This was a good book about respecting the planet and not disrupting it too much. It's a great way to introduce this concept to younger kids in away that doesn't feel too preachy.

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From the evidence of a whole four examples and one brief afternoon, it seems Windmill Books have a business model of bringing out ten year old board books and young readers, and giving them new editions. Well give their finder a raise, for none of the gems so far should have gone out of print anyway (in fact all come from an old house I’ve never heard of, either, so the picture really isn’t that clear).

This wonderful piece concerns a dragon, living very happily and very sleepily, in the middle of a lake in the middle of a huge cavern in the middle of a mountain in the middle of a forest (or somewhere like that, anyway). But those pesky humans keep getting to be an annoyance – clunking over her in armour, jumping off her back into the lake, pumping the lake out for mineral water. It’s a good thing she’s so placid, then. Or is she…? This is a lovely way of hiding an environmental message, and while the disguise may be the most slender – just a sentence per page, or so – it’s one of the finer ways to smuggle it into our consciousness. It’s a great little drama of revenge, as well, and young readers will know from very early on that their sympathies will not be with the humans. I struggled to find a flaw with this, and am really glad that – nine years or so from its original copyright – it came to my attention.

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