SHHH! Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman
WHEN YOU VISIT THE LIBRARY, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND.
NO RUNNING, NO SHOUTING,--TO ALL BOOKS BE KIND.
BUT HERE'S ONE RULE THAT IS BIGGER THAN ALL THE REST--
AND IT MUST BE FOLLOWED BY ALL OF OUR GUESTS...
DO NOT BRING YOUR DRAGON TO THE LIBRARY!
Everyone knows that dragons can be a bit rambunctious. Squeezing themselves between the stacks can result in whole bookshelves collapsing like dominos!
And dragons tend to be bulky:
A DRAGON IS SOMETIMES A VERY RUDE BEAST!
AT STORY TIME HE'LL TAKE UP TEN SPACES AT LEAST!
And then there's that incendiary thing! A dragon's over-excitement may generate a flame, and the library staff may be sorry he came!
Books are flammable, you know.
Taking a dragon to the library is rather like bringing a bull to the proverbial china shop!
Julia Gassman's Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library (Capstone/Picture Window Books, 2016) manages to sneak in a few rules for proper human behavior in the library along with the absurdities that accompany a dragon as potential patron. as a series of kids find out when they take their favorite mythical beast to the local library.
Artist Andy Elkerton adds to the fantasy fun with a series of sight gags, beginning with the the name of the library itself over the door--HONALEE PUBLIC LIBRARY (shades of Puff the Magic Dragon). Elkerton's various kids and many shades of dragons are comic come-ons that will coax a few giggles from youngsters, while putting in a plug for the multmedia fun to be found at your local school or public library, even after parking your pets in more appropriate places.
And where there's a will, there's a way:
YOUR DRAGON SHOULD NOT MISS THE LIBRARY'S TREASURES.
JUST BRING HOME SOME BOOKS FOR HER READING PLEASURES.