Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

When a Dragon Moves In Again

When a Dragon Moves In Again

Jodi Moore
Illustrator:  Howard McWilliam 
Picture Book
For ages 6 to 8
Flashlight Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-1936261352

Not long ago a little boy built a sandcastle on a beach and a dragon moved in. Now the little boy and his father are putting together a crib in their house, a crib that looks a little like a castle, and, sure enough, the dragon moves in. Again.

The little boy and the dragon have a wonderful time playing together in and around the crib until the boy’s mother explains that the crib is for the baby. What baby? It takes a while for the little boy to really understand what is going to happen, and when the baby arrives he discovers that life is going to be very different now that there is a baby in the house. The boy, and his dragon friend, do the kinds of things that they think a baby will like, but it turns out that parents really don’t understand anything about dragons (and babies,) and they blame the boy when things don’t quite work out as planned

Then, to make matters worse, the dragon chooses the baby over the boy. Not surprisingly, the boy tells his parents to “Send him back!” He no longer wants to have a baby brother in the house. He wants his life to go back to the way it used to be.

Children who have a new baby sibling in the house are going to love this dragon-filled, sweetly funny picture book. They will be particularly tickled when they see how the dragon behaves around the baby and how his defection is not a complete disaster after all.