The Bookshelf: Not Your Typical Dragon

Not Your Typical Dragon - Dan Bar-elAs much as I was terrified going to the book fair this week after seeing their suggestions in their flyer, we made it out with a few good books. We steered clear of the right side of the library and ended up finding some wonderful books…so there is hope out there. Of the six books we purchased, this is my favorite. Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tim Bowers. First, like many books, I was drawn to the illustrations. They were vibrant and fun. The dragon’s facial expression stole my heart. Good job Bowers, you drew me in. The old me would have just purchased the book because I loved the illustrations and my kids love dragons, but I’ve learned my lesson. I read a few pages.

That was it. In LOVE.

This cute little dragon, Crispin, isn’t what his parents expected. He’s different. He doesn’t breathe fire!! Maybe some whipped cream or band-aids, but no fire. Crispin feels sad being different. However, when his “not-so-typical” talents help save the day, Crispin accepts that he’s unique and so does everyone else. There’s nothing wrong with being different. Being different is often an asset. No matter who you are; an athlete, a brainiac, tall, small…everyone has something to offer. I think this is such an important message for our children, and this book pulls it off with some good humor. We all really enjoyed it.

Elementary School Book Fair: Scholastic Disappoints

The Scholastic book fair is once again coming to our school next week. It will be nice to get some new books on the shelf. However, I was a little disappointed when the Scholastic flyer arrived in my son’s folder. I sat there at the table checking out all the titles of the books they were promoting and was saddened. Seriously, Scholastic you can do better than this.

Stay Alive #1 Crash? Cover complete with an airplane plummeting into the ocean.  This is elementary school!! Good luck to the parents that are trying to get their kids on a plane for their next Disney vacation!

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Zombie Goldfish, you can’t do better than that? That’s just disgusting.

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What happen to books with meaning? Books that make you laugh and teach you a good life lesson? Well, I guess “staying alive” would be teaching a lesson, but this is elementary school. Am I being naive to think that kids should be wanting to read things a little more wholesome? Is it just me that finds these titles a bit inappropriate for K-4?