Dragons Love Tacos

Rubin, Adam, 1983-

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dragons Love Tacos
Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them them anything with spicy salsa.

Publisher: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2012
ISBN: 9780803736801
Branch Call Number: J PIC R
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Salmieri, Daniel 1983-Illustrator


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Okay. Three words: Taco. Filled. Pants. Seriously, it doesn't get any better than that. Dragons love tacos. Dragons should not have tacos. And herein lies the problem. This is wacked out silliness, but you wouldn't want to have it any other way.

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Jan 30, 2015

My brother and I love this book . . . it is very funny!

Dec 25, 2014

contrary to mmcbeth29, my three year old loved this. he loves anything dragon-related.

Nov 27, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

In this book, a narrator tells a little boy who loves dragons how much dragons love tacos. But they also hate spicy salsa. Dragons also love parties. So the boy invites a group of dragons to his house for a taco party. He buries the spicy salsa in the backyard. But he didn't read the mild salsa label closely enough. He discovers it contains jalapenos. This causes the dragons digestive upset. They breathe fire and accidentally burn the boy's house down.

I did not love this book for a couple of reasons. One is the writing style. By using a narrator who talks to the boy, the language is stilted and does not flow well. Example:
"Either way, if you want to make friends with dragons, tacos are key. Hey, dragon, why do you guys love tacos so much?"

The part about dragons loving tacos so much is cute. But then he spends half the book talking about how much dragons HATE spicy salsa. Even to the point that the jalapenos in the mild salsa cause a problem. I can't eat spicy foods, but even I can eat mild salsa with jalapenos. It is not even close to spicy. This drags dragons down into the mamby pamby category where they, as fearsome creatures, do not belong!

The illustrations are colorful and of a more cartoonish style. The book is advertised for ages 3-7 years old. I do not see 3-4 year olds listening to this book and enjoying it. The humor is too mature and more appropriate for older children.

Sep 20, 2014
  • jeanreed_99 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It didn't quite grab my 4 year and 2 year old's attentions, but I think it is a book they could like more around 5 or 6 years old.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Dragons Love Tacos! The word is out. These mystical creatures have a weak spot for Mexican cuisine. They want it all: really big, gigantic tacos and tiny, little baby tacos. Dragons adore them. But, why?

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/dragons_love_tacos_rubin

Dec 26, 2013

Written in the style of chirpy self-help books, Dragons Love Tacos speaks directly to readers ("Hey, kid! Did you know that dragons love tacos?") and follows its absurd premise to a logical, if extreme, conclusion. After presenting tongue-in-cheek instructions for hosting a taco party - a crucial step in making friends with dragons - the book vigorously warns readers to never serve dragons spicy salsa. Why not? We don't want to spoil it, so you'll have to read this hilarious, totally off-the-wall "how-to" to find out.

Picture books newsletter December 2013.


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Sep 23, 2014
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Sep 20, 2014
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