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When a Dragon Moves in
by Jodi Moore and Howard McWilliam

Overview - On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, and braving the waves.  Read more...

 
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More About When a Dragon Moves in by Jodi Moore; Howard McWilliam
 
 
 
Overview
On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, and braving the waves. Full color.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780979974670
  • ISBN-10: 0979974674
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publish Date: May 2011
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-7


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-03-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its sequels should enjoy how debut author Moore, channeling an imaginative boy at the beach with his family, muses upon the consequences of having a bright red dragon take up lodging in his sand castle. At first it's all fun and games ("...you'll have a built-in marshmallow toaster"), with a little subterfuge thrown in (since there's no smoking on the beach, "you'll have to hide his smoke from the lifeguard"). But as the day wears on, the fantasy begins to impinge on others. Ultimately, the cardinal sin of the beach is committed: throwing sand at one's annoying big sister. "Then you'll march over to your sandcastle and order your dragon to leave until he learns some manners," says the narrator, who seems firm in his resolution, but who will live to pretend another day. Although it's not the freshest concept on the shelves, Moore has a light, sure touch, and she gives McWilliam (I Need My Monster) plenty of room to exercise his considerable gifts for operatic expressiveness and expertly choreographed physical humor. Ages 4–8. (May)

 
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