Douglas Florian is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including How to Draw a Dragon, UnBEElievables, Poetrees, and Dinothesaurus. He lives with his family in New York. Douglas Florian is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including How to Draw a Dragon, UnBEElievables, Poetrees, and Dinothesaurus. He lives with his family in New York.
Rhyming couplets offer a diverse cast of child artists advice in Douglas Florian's (Poem Runs: Baseball Poems and Paintings) tongue-in-cheek picture book.
A child pulls a slumbering dragon, snoutfirst, through his
neighborhood in a red wagon, as if it's the most natural thing in
the world. Drawing dragons isn't hard. Drag a dragon to your yard,
says the accompanying text, which opens the book. A swirl of green
paint indicates grassy rings around homes surrounded by picket
fences, while gray and yellow pastels mark the sidewalks and
roadways. Collage elements include a snail and peacock. The rhyming
couplets continue in the next yard, belonging to a boy carrying a
T-square, colored pencils and other tools (Dragons may be large in
size. You'll need lots of art supplies). In the third scene,
however, a pink dragon in a circle, like an overlarge napping
kitten, rests on a rooftop as a child draws from a perch on the
dragon's back (Dragons, when they wake, are grumpy./ and their
heads are rather bumpy). Florian varies the color schemes and
perspectives: a girl sketches within a dragon's mouth; a redheaded
boy draws another's claw as the dragon, in turn, draws the boy. One
girl holds an umbrella to deflect a dragon's sneeze, while another
boy toasts marshmallows in a dragon's fire. Always, the children
draw and sketch. The culminating foldout spread delivers a lovely
surprise that reinforce's art's ability to capture a moment for
posterity. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf
Discover: A gallery of dragons, introduced in rhyming couplets and drawn by a cast of child artists.--Shelf Awareness "May 29, 2015"