Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki

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[G] I was introduced to this book during a storytime.  As I was sitting in front of 10 preschoolers and parents, I started snorting with laughter.  A fire breathing dragon that gets gas! I was not expecting that!

[G] A family pet has never been so interesting! In this lovely picture book, a young boy gets a fire breathing dragon for a pet.  Biedrzycki goes through all of the responsibilities of owning a pet: feeding them, training them, keeping them clean (!) and loving them.  The inside flap advertises “7 Tips for raising a dragon” that include “keep a fire extinguisher handy” “read to him every night” and “Hug him every day.”  A good book to teach about how pets are a part of the family and the responsibilities they require.  The illustrations are bright and lively and the story is funny enough to keep both adults and children entertained!

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[BH] The concept of this book is fantastic – A dragon as a pet – what kid won’t love this book. Sorry, in advance parents for all the begging that might ensue after reading this story! The best part of this book are all the characters faces, my are they sure expressive. When reading this book to a little I would make sure to take the time and point out all the different characters and ask a lot of “hmm…how do you think this person is feeling?” “Why are they feeling that way” “how can you tell that character is feeling (insert whatever feeling your little says)”  I love using books to talk about feelings and this book has such expressive illustrations it just shouts for you to do just that!

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