Format: Hardcover Picture book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This is a very special beautiful book that is made even more so by the exquisite watercolor illustrations. It is a somewhat common theme of a shy girl who wants friends but does not know how to go about getting them. Rosie does not know how to make anyone notice her – and neither does the big sweet dragon, Rasmus. In the spirit of Frankenstein’s monster, little Rosie offers Rasmus a flower. They become fast friends, doing everything together. Rasmus is sad that he has no wings and cannot fly like other dragons. Rosie is determined to help Rasmus fly – balloons, kite, birds – until Rosie finds the perfect gift that does the trick. And now Rasmus must leave to join the other dragons. Both are very sad but now Rosie knows how to make a friend.
Anything you did not like about the book. Not a thing.
To whom would you recommend this book? A nice read aloud toshy young children who may be having trouble making friends.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and child-care centers
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but a perfect choice for young children who are shy, or having difficulties in making friends.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 2/3/2019