I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt & Scott Magoon

71rl4-ksgcl I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt & Scott Magoon, Simon & Schuster, 2016. 9781481429337

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? A dragon in his lair, shown at first as just a pair of eyes, wonders aloud if it should eat the animals that walk by his dark cave. Then a noisy playful little boy comes by who seems completely unafraid, and leads the dragon on a merry chase. Just as the dragon goes to gobble him up “something unexpected” happens. Dark, moody colors set the mood for the expectation that this is a dragon to be feared, but things turn out differently. The digital illustrations seem like ink and gouache and remind me of Jon Klassen’s work. A good story time choice – the suspense and slightly scary beginning give way to fun.

Anything you didn’t like about it?

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is for kids age 5 and up who like a little scariness that ends well .

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 24, 2017

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