Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos

Last updated date: July 16, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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We looked at the top 1 Picture Books and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Good Reads, Common Sense Media, The Children's Book Review, Wired, Brightstar Bedtime Stories, Kirkus Reviews, The Plot Bunny, PPLD, Kid's Book Review and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Picture Book you should buy.

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

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Expert Summarized Score
9.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
2,351 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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

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3. Drew Daywalt The Day the Crayons Quit
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4. Adam Rubin Dragons Love Tacos
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
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Overall Score: 8.5
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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 s 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.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first children’s book with illustrations was “Orbis Sensualium Pictus” or “The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures.” It was written in 1658 by John Comenius, a Czech native. He wrote it in Latin, but with excellent drawings throughout of the most common things known to man, from animals to insects, scenery and even breathe from a man’s mouth. It was quite popular and became implemented in some schools as well.

Although it was popular then, most homes do not contain a copy of this book for their children. Research from 2001 shows that “The Poky Little Puppy” by Janette Sebring Lowrey was the number one selling picture book in history with over 14,800,000 copies sold (at that point). This book was atop a list with books by multiple famous authors such as Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling and Beatrix Potter.

The Picture Book Buying Guide

  • One thing to keep in mind when buying a good picture book is your audience. Do your kids like a specific topic such as animals, vehicles or insects? And always keep their age in mind as you look for a good picture book.
  • Read the book summary before buying it to give you an idea of the story, and flip through the pages to check out the art.
  • Look for reviews from other readers.
  • Use your best resources: family and friends’ suggestions.
  • Make a visit to your local library and ask a librarian for suggestions. If your kiddo loves a book you read from the library, you can buy it to add to your child’s personal library. 
  • Interactive picture books are a fantastic way to get children to love picture books. Even if the book doesn’t have flaps or touch-and-feel features, you can make a book interactive by asking the child to find a hidden object or dance like the characters in the book. Make it fun for them so they want to read the book again.