Written by Thelma Lynne Godin, Illustrated by Eric Barclay
Scholastic Press, 2016
If you have to dress a dragon, you must be prepared to catch him as he flies by.
Once you have your dragon in the house, you have to start by putting on his underwear. This isn’t as difficult at all, because dragons love underwear. You have to be careful when putting on his socks, though, because dragons are very ticklish around the toes. Shirts are tougher, because dragons are not really fans of shirts. They prefer short pants to long pants and are happy to wear capes. Shoes can be challenging, but if you choose the dragon’s favorite shoes (green froggy boots), it’ll be easier. If your dragon is wearing a hat, pick one that fits between his horns. Once he’s dressed, the dragon will want to go out and play. And be prepared – if he wants to play Dragon and Knight, he will want to be the knight.
The cover of this book features a dragon and an enormous pair of underwear. That’s almost all I need to say. Author Thelma Lynne Godin presents a fun take on the daunting task of getting kids dressed in the morning, starting with the idea of catching a dragon as he flies by. Moms of very active kids will relate to this concept, for sure. Like toddlers, dragons apparently have lots of opinions about clothes and dressing them can be a major ordeal. (The story may clue kids in to what it’s like on the other side of that ordeal.)
Eric Barclay’s illustrations are done in pencil and then digitally colored, showing us this lovable dragon being his silly (and sometimes stubborn) best. There are lots of underwear (which are always fun, as we saw in Underwear!) in the artwork and even more on the book’s endpapers, showing the reader right away that his book is setting out to be silly. In my opinion, it achieves that goal delightfully and deserves to pick out a particularly goofy pair of underwear for itself.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that difficult tasks are less difficult if you take time to learn the ways to make them easier.