Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? First, Oswald’s illustrations are just great! If you’re familiar with the Bad Seed or the Good Egg, you know his charming and expressive style.
Second, Rothman has crafted a fun story about aspirations and how to make them come true. Cole wants to be a knight. He practices. He writes a formal letter of introduction to someone who could give him a job. Then, he takes advantage of the opportunity given him by learning all the things.
Third, this story is about paying it forward and nurturing the next generation. Sir Percival remembers that Lancelot gave him a chance when he was young, and is moved to mentor Cole.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The title is misleading. This story is really about young Cole, not the dragon. And the underwear plays a disappointingly small role. The title and cover illustration set up an expectation of wild humor, and this is not that kind of story. I still want to know: What *is* an underwear dragon? Why does it wear underwear?
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommended for kids who love knights, story times about bravery, story times about achieving your goals.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary schools.
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: Robin Shtulman, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Date of review: 3 February 2021