Written by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Derek Anderson
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2012
Themes: Dragons, Common Childhood Experiences (morning rituals), rhyme
Synopsis: (from Goodreads) From tumbling out of their humongous blankets to devouring a breakfast of catapulted waffles, these characters and their loveable antics fill the pages with luminous color and dragon-size fun. A joyful collaboration between two bestselling talents, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Derek Anderson, this book will make any young reader fly out of bed.
Dragons wake up,
Why I Like This Book: I loved the rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations. The book is humorous from the beginning, starting with a young knight reading a note on one of the front end pages. The note says: Don’t forget to wake the dragons before school. Love, Mom. Isn’t that great? Standing right there with the young knight is his dog who helps the young knight throughout the story. The book continues to delight with the young knight (and dog) overseeing the morning routine of the dragons, and successfully getting out the door and off to knight school on the backs of the dragons. Kids will LOVE it.
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