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We know you shouldn't take your dragon to the library, but what about taking him out to dinner? After all, dragons need to eat too! But with firey breath, flapping wings, and pointy spikes, that might not be a good idea! Rhyming text and diverse characters bring the importance of dinner manners to a new level in this colorful picture book by Julie Gassman....

Title : Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner
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ISBN : 9781623709167
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner Reviews

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2019-02-01 21:03

    Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...“It’s a special occasion! It’s time for a treat. Time to dress up and go out to eat.” But please, do not take your dragon to dinner. Why? Because his manners are atrocious. A diverse group of children all learn the embarrassing reasons not to take their dragons to dinner.The appropriate age group of this book to me is 3 to 8 years old depending on how their table manners are. It really is a book you would read to them so it’s really for a younger audience and only for 7-8 years old if they will benefit from the message of the book.My nephew and I read this book together and he enjoyed it but was rather puzzled why dragons were picking their noses at the table (though he thought that was terribly funny) or farting (earned another gawff) and taking their parents phones (which he is guilty of when we’re out together). He liked the book a lot better when we got to the point where the dragon was cooking a meal at home since he’s too manner-less at a restaurant. He ended up drawing the girl with her dragon because he loved that they wanted to be together no matter what. The rhyming words were quite cute and he loved repeating the main line: “Do not take your dragon to dinner!”I do love the idea of dragons teaching kids good table manners using reverse psychology. It is a cute premise and the illustrations really do the message justice. The art style is not my personal favorite but my nephew appreciated the animation style in the illustrations. I liked how lovingly the dragon was taught to mind his manners! It truly is a fun and inventive way to help the young ones understand about etiquette.A big plus to me was that the little white girl was not the only child presented with a dragon. There were a diverse group of children both boys and girls, everyone was represented! We need more picture books like this one…BOTTOM LINE: Dragons make manners fun!Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-02-02 22:08

    I loved this book as did my grandson. What a wonderful way to teach your child manners while having fun with this story. As I read the book we talked about what the dragon should do on each page and he usually could tell me, but sometimes I had to help. He loved the illustrations and pointed out the different dragons, their colours and faces etc. He was completely enthralled with this story and of course when the repetitive line of "Do Not Take Your Dragon To Dinner" came around, he read it with me, or yelled it while laughing. I enjoyed the rhythmic pattern to the story as I read it aloud. The illustrations were so bold and colourful it was almost like we were watching a movie or cartoon. I can see this becoming a favourite of any child and the side effect of teaching proper manners is a bonus for parents. A great addition to any family library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  • Laura
    2019-01-29 04:17

    If you are of a certain age you would remember the books called What do you say dearand What do you do dear . They were, at least my generation's books that told you, with humor, how to handle situations, and how to use manors. For my mother's generation, there was Goops and how to be themMy point is that there has to be a way to tell kids, with humor, the right way to act in society. This might not be the book that this generation uses, but it could be. It uses humor, which is important to getting the idea across, because manor should be logical, but they aren't always to a child. Besides, dragons. Who doesn't love dragons.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Lynndell
    2019-01-27 00:00

    Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone for the opportunity to read Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner by Julie Gassman with illustrations by Andy Elkerton! Do not take your dragon to dinner has cute, colorful and charming illustrations that are full of expression. The rhyming text flows well and the repetition will be fun for listeners to join in on while being read to. In the middle of the story, the dragon begins to learn manners and will someday take you to dinner! Great fun and deserves 5 stars for an adorable and bright book that I plan on buying for my own grandchild!

  • Tara
    2019-02-03 23:09

    I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.A fun rhyming book with bright, colorful and fun illustrations about dragons and their lack on manners. Dragons don't make good dinner guests because they are noisy and stinky and can be rude. I especially loved this book because of the diversity of kids including a girl in her hijab.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-04 01:21

    Very cute rhyming picture book. Fans of Jane Yolen's How do Dinosaur's..books will enjoy this one. What would it be like to take your pet dragon to dinner? Will he behave? Cause a fuss? Mind his manners? My 6 year old enjoyed reading this with me.Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for an ARC.

  • Jocelyn
    2019-01-28 20:11

    This is a FANTASTIC read for those with young children -- a great opportunity to use funny voices, and loud roaring sounds. The illustrations are very well done, vibrant and with lots of things to look at on each page. The lesson of table manners is well laid out in this book, in a nice, non-preachy way. I highly recommend!

  • Lghiggins
    2019-02-13 23:19

    Almost any child will enjoy Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner; its predictable rhyming patterns and repetition will charm. Its descriptions of all the rude behaviors a dragon might engage in are sure to disgust to the delight of children. Dinosaur lovers will be particularly happy reading this book. The illustrations are bright, colorful, large, and seem to jump off the page. The illustrator worked hard to be inclusive of children of both genders and many ethnicities. The best part of the book’s structure is that after showing all the annoying and disgusting things a dragon might do at a restaurant, the author suggests that the child teach the dragon dining etiquette at home so he will be welcome in a restaurant with the child.This book bears a strong resemblance to How Do Dinosaurs Eat their Food by Jane Yolen. The focus of Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner is, of course, dragons, but these dragons strongly evoke fanciful dinosaurs. If your child enjoys Yolk’s “How Do Dinosaurs…” books, then he or she would probably enjoy Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner. My ultimate test for a good children’s book is to decide if the adult will enjoy reading the book with the child as read-alouds should always be a time of pleasure for all involved. In the case of this book, I personally give it two thumbs up!I would like to extend my thanks to and to Capstone Young Readers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • JenLovesBooks
    2019-01-24 03:03

    This was such a cute book. It's a great way to talk about table manners and being respectful of those around us. I loved how dragons were added to give it an extra charming touch, adding more to this well written story.My daughter decided that after reading this book and going through every scenario with me she wanted to read it all over again. I knew it was going to be one that she would enjoy reading often. She talked with me about all the things that went on, the wrongs and what was the right thing to do, how funny it was when the dragons didn't realize they were making a mess. She was very much into this story, and really liked when the dragon was able to go back out again.I found that it moved along easily and the illustrations made it so much fun. It wasn't over the top, adding just the right amount for a child to understand the meaning behind it all and the want to help out the dragons become more mindful of their manners. It was just the right amount, not too long and not too short. I especially enjoyed the part where they were able to make a meal together and have fun with it while learning the proper etiquette of dining out.This will definitely be one I add to my daughter's collection once it is out. I am also looking forward to checking out more books written by Julie Gassman.***I received this copy from Picture Windows Book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-02 02:08

    This arc was generously provided to me by Capstone via NetGalley for an honest review.Summary: 'Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner' is a hilarious story explaining the many reasons a person should not bring their dragon to dinner. Between the dragon's tail and wings bumping people and dishes, its terrible stink, and impolite burping, this story does a great job of modeling what someone should NOT do at the dinner table. By the end, the story explains how you can teach your dragon proper table etiquette so that one day you will be able to bring him to dinner.Potential age group:Grades kindergarten through fourth grade (ages 4-10).Genre: FictionTopic:Table manners/etiquette.Curricular uses:'Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner' is written in rhyme, which lends itself perfectly to be used in a unit about poetry. There is also repetition of phrases throughout the story which, again, can be used in a poetry unit when teaching how rhythm and repetition add meaning to a text. This book could also be used in a character education program when teaching about manners and how to behave while eating.Interactions of text and images:The illustrations in this book were colorful, detailed, and beautiful. The illustrations will help younger readers to visualize the story as it is being read. They are also very humorous!My take on this book:In my opinion, this is a great story for elementary students. There are many ways this can be used in the classroom as an anchor text for specific reading skills. The illustrations and story made me chuckle, which I know would mean my students would crack up over the stinky dinosaur who knocked a grandma's dentures out. I plan to use this book to reinforce what we just recently learned about poetry, and also to reinforce table manners in our school's cafeteria.

  • Schizanthus
    2019-02-18 21:57

    Do you want to teach your children table manners and have fun doing it? Just add dragons! I love this book so much! I mean, come on! There's dragons!The rhymes make reading aloud lots of fun and the gorgeous illustrations complement the text brilliantly. Whether they're being read to or reading to themselves, kids are going to love this book. They will be able to clearly contrast the rude behaviour at the beginning of the book with the good table manners shown at the end.The illustrations are incredible! I really loved seeing the diversity of people (and dragons) shown at the restaurant. The colours throughout the book were beautiful and vibrant, and the expressions on the faces of everyone at the restaurant were priceless.This is one of those books where everything works well together. You could take away the illustrations and still have a great story. You could take away the text and still understand the story from the pictures alone. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley (thank you very much to NetGalley and Capstone) in exchange for honest feedback. This book needs to be in libraries and homes everywhere! This is a book I'd still enjoy reading the 100th time. Did I mention the dragons?!

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-04 23:55

    ~Disclaimer~ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This book lists all the reasons that you should not take your dragon to dinner.A dragon disturbs people.She'll stand on the table and roar.He'll slurp his soup and let out a fiery burp.She'll play with her food.The best thing to do is make dinner at home and teach your dragon table manners. When he's mastered them you may go out for dinner.This book has a fun cover that is a good indication of what is going to happen within. I really liked the illustrations and the situations that are depicted. There is a diverse group of people and dragons. Any child that reads this book will be able to relate to at least one of the characters. The story is cute and fun for kids to follow. At the same time it teaches children what not to do while out at a restaurant for dinner. I recommend this book.5/5 ⭐

  • M
    2019-02-08 19:57

    Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner by Julie GassmanAnother engaging adventure for readers of Do Not Take Your Dragon to the Library! This additional adventure is just as quirky and essential as the first, teaching the reader the fine details of using your manners, this time in a fine dining setting. An awesome bonus is the diversity of characters represented in the story. Parents in particular will enjoy the commonalities between the Dragon's behavior and their own toddlers! A strong addition to any children's collection serving PK-2 students! I received a digital ARC from NetGalley and all opinions are my own!

  • That One Librarian
    2019-02-09 00:00

    Following up on "Do Not Take Your Dragon to the Library", this installment clearly articulates "Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner!" For those familiar with the first tale, this book follows the same formula. Kids of all colors and walks of life attempt to take their dragons out to dinner, only to meet with disaster. The solution? Practice your cooking and etiquette at home! Then, in time, you can finally take that dragon out to dinner. This title isn't going to be winning any awards, but it has massive kid appeal. The illustrations are comical and vibrant, the text is rhythmic, and lets face it: kids like dragons. Look for this title in medium and larger libraries and purchase if your little reader can't get enough of the scaly beasts, or of course if they have less grace at the dinner table than you would like.

  • Beyondthebookends
    2019-02-18 19:54

    I don't know what it is about this book that makes it so completely adorable.  I love the rhyme (I'm a sucker for rhyming) and the illustrations are fantastic- bright, humorous and so cute.  This book reminds me of another series about dinosaurs but I enjoyed this book more.  There is a little lesson at the end about proper manners at the dinner table that is a nice bonus but, it's more the rhyming and illustrations that really pull this book together.Thank you to Net galley for the ARC of this book

  • Melissa
    2019-02-14 02:10

    Do not take your dragon to dinner! Your dragon had no manners, he'll slurp and burp, he'll wiggle and giggle so loudly you can't hear yourself think so do not take your dragon to dinner! What can you do instead? You can make a home cooked meal since his flames are good to cook a steak and he can practice his table manners and not worry about mistakes and soon he'll be taking you to the restaurant!This is a good book for a unit on manners.This is a good book for a unit on imagination.This would be good for a unit on imaginary friends.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-06 02:56

    I was delighted by the "Library" installment of this series, so when I saw this new one, of course I had to read it - and it did not disappoint! What a great way to teach young children how to exercise good manners when out at restaurants - with giant, colorful dragons doing everything wrong! I'm sure small children will delight in all of the rude and grotesque things the humorous illustrations depict the dragons doing. And of course, just like in "library", the dragon finally learns how to act properly and earns the chance to go back to the restaurant :-)

  • Jo
    2019-02-19 03:08

    The illustrations are a visual feast with rich, vibrant colors and wonderful facial expressions. Scenes like Grandma spitting out her false teeth will have you AND your kids laughing out loud. Kids will be gleeful over the dragon's terrible table manners.She pounds on the table.She plays with her food.She picks at her fangs.She’s so very RUDE.It's been a long time since a children's book has impressed me this much, and I definitely plan to add it to my collection. 5 starsNote: It's 'sear' not 'seer' - important difference!*ARC via netgalley*

  • Ella Drayton
    2019-02-01 20:55

    This book was a huge hit for my seven year old! She is obsessed with everything dragons so this book immediately caught her attention. The illustrations were beautifully done and went well with the story line. Her favorite picture in the whole book is the grandma losing her teeth! The story is well written and makes learning about table manners fun for children. I recommend this book for beginning readers, especially those who are learning about rhyming words.

  • Mollie
    2019-02-14 00:56

    A clever idea. The illustrations lend energy and humor. The children drawn on the pages appear to be from a range of ethnicities. Because of that, I was surprised and disappointed by the depiction of the older woman in what seemed to be a 1950's stereotypical way. Grannie deserves better, in my opinion.

  • Nicole Normand
    2019-01-31 21:12

    I received a free copy via NetGalley; this is my honest review.Fun read, educational.Great looking pictures/illustrations - Brightly colored too.Good rhymes, good manners simply explained.Sometimes the dragon is a female, other times it's a male; I didn't see any difference in the clothing or anything else. It should be a "it" anyways.

  • Angela
    2019-02-09 00:00

    My kids liked the idea of bringing a dragon to dinner. I liked that this book reinforced behaving in a decent way when dining in public, especially after a recent night at a local restaurant! They got a kick out of the repetition, and I liked that they learned a bit of something in the process.

  • Tricia
    2019-02-11 22:59

    I couldn't quite catch the cadence in this rhyming story. I kept stumbling, and tripping, but it might have been just me. I did love the very diverse cast of children in this book. I love finding books for story time where the children I'm reading to can find faces that look like theirs.

  • Diane
    2019-02-02 02:16

    Vibrant illustrations highlight this book about the perils of bringing a dragon to dinner with you. But, if you provide them with a little training in manners, and give them plenty of practice at home, they just might be ready to go out to dinner.

  • Regina
    2019-02-20 00:14

    An adorable book teaching children to tame their inner little dragon and learn manners. Bright colors and varying in size dragon-beasts; this is what this book offers. Young children would definitely enjoy this book. Will be looking for a hard copy for my nephews.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-02 20:53

    I afraid that this was a miss for me. Although who doesn't like dragons? It could be done for a storytime that could be fun, it would be up to the reader to make it so.

  • Nadine
    2019-02-02 23:13

    Cute and subtle way of introducing table / dining manner to young children through greatly exaggerated situations and fun drawings.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-23 01:13

    A cute and funny story that left me with a smile on my face.

  • Rita
    2019-02-13 00:03

    Kids and adults will love this new rhyming book about the horrible manners of a dragon! Spoiler: There is a really loud burp on about page number 15 that kids will love to help you out with.

  • Carol Lance
    2019-02-07 02:58

    A lovely rhyming picture book about what would happen if you took your dragon to dinner. Great illustrations that will have the little ones smiling from ear to ear.