Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves by Lauren H. Kerstein, illustrated by Nate Wragg


  Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves by Lauren H. Kerstein, illustrated by Nate Wragg, Amazon Two Lions Publications, 9781542042925, 2019.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? Charlie adopts Rosie the dragon from the local shelter and takes on the task of bringing her to the local pool for a day of fun. It turns out that taking a dragon on an outing like this is a lot of work from applying sunscreen to remembering to bring her favorite gummy skunk snacks. Once at the pool, mayhem ensues as Rosie tries to learn the rules and Charlie tries to navigate them with her. The digital illustrations provide a bright visual backdrop to the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I found the story to be lacking that something special that makes a picture book memorable. The text seemed to ramble a bit without any real direction. While younger children will delight in Rosie’s adventure, many will find it repetitive.

To whom would you recommend this book? Those who enjoy cause-effect type books such as “If you Give a Moose…”

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and pre-school collections

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:
Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 6/16/19

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