Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos

Last updated date: July 16, 2019

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9.3

Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos

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Overall Take

"Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin comes packed with stunning illustrations and playful words that roll off the tongue and into the listener’s imagination. The expressive display of the dragon as the pages turn also keep your onlookers hooked. This picture book makes a fun accompaniment to your kid's bedtime.


In our analysis of 77 expert reviews, the Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

"Rubin and Salmieri, the team behind the equally hilarious "Those Darn Squirrels!," bring their kooky sensibility to this irresistible story about what can go wrong at a taco party for dragons... The dragons may screw up the party, but this book gets everything right." -The New York Times

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.1
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.0
2,351 user reviews

What experts liked

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS is delightful, silly fun from start to finish.
- Common Sense Media
Best of all, Rubin’s witty humor, in combination with Daniel Salmieri’s illustrations, packs as much punch as a ghost pepper—that’s powerful! The watercolor, gouache, and color pencil illustrations often provide answers to the narrator’s questions; such as this response to “Hey dragon, how do you feel about spicy taco toppings?”
- The Children's Book Review
Dragons Love Tacos is an adorable children's book that tells how dragons love tacos and parties, but how they hate spicy salsa. The story is perfect for younger kids and matches well with the great illustrations by Daniel Salmieri.
- Wired
June 19, 2012 | Full review
Daniel Salmieri draws volumes of angular dragons who can eat boatloads of tacos. His pictures are graphic, exciting and delightfully original
- Brightstar Bedtime Stories
Salmieri’s artwork is fitting, with a crabbed, ethereal line work reminiscent of Peter Sís
- Kirkus Reviews
Readers will find something new and unexpected happening on every page, so even the shortest of attention spans can be remain engaged.
- The Plot Bunny
April 25, 2017 | Full review
The pictures in this book really capture the tone and elevate and enhance the story rather than get in the way.
- PPLD
Both my son and I love the pencil and watercolour illustrations and quirky characteristics of the dragons. The story is very original and creative and has lead to many mealtime occasions when the kids blow fire like dragons if the dinner is a little too spicy.
- Kid's Book Review
January 16, 2013 | Full review

What experts didn't like

A wandering effort, happy but pointless.
- Kirkus Reviews

An Overview On Picture Books

There is nothing like enjoying the fascination of a child when you read to them from a picture book. Whether you cozy up under a blanket on a couch or read by a flashlight in a tent, your audience is sure to find joy in reading their favorite picture book over and over again. Picture books are a great combination of beautiful art (art is in the eye of the beholder) and compelling prose. There are only a few things that a good picture book needs, and you will certainly know when you’ve found a good one!

As a reader and true appreciator of a picture book, you’ll automatically find several things that make you love a picture book. First is the story. There is nothing better than a good story, and if it is good, it will certainly stick in your mind and keep you wanting to read the same book time after time. Kids often hold on to stories that are relatable — like “Goodnight Moon,” which is a story of something they can easily identify in the sky when they say goodnight.  On the other hand, picture books for young adults or teens might have a story of things that are out of this world and magical, such as “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated Edition.”

Next, readers and onlookers alike will find that when the words and the art perfectly complement each other, the picture book will be a winner. In “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, you’ll find a kid-friendly storyline with child-like drawings for the pictures. This children’s book masters the playful give and take of the words with the pictures.

Lastly, the best picture books will yield that encore shouting from your little ones when you get to the end. That yearning for a reread is a surefire sign of a fantastic picture book. You will find that in “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin.

Find that fun reading time with your kiddos when you pull these awesome picture books off the bookshelf and snuggle in for some quality time with them.

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