By Laura Ennis, By Laura Ennis, BK Story Voyager librarian
Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2
By Adam Rubin (author) and Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
Grade Level: K–1 (3–6 years old), but would be enjoyed by any in elementary grades
“Dragons Love Tacos” is the outrageously silly story of a young boy who hopes to befriend dragons. When he learns of dragons’ love for tacos he hosts a taco party. The most important thing he learns about befriending dragons is that you must not feed them spicy tacos! In “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel”, Rubin and Salmieri revisit our young narrator and his dragon friends. The clincher in the sequel is that the country has run out of tacos: the dragons are devastated. The narrator embarks on an adventure to bring tacos back! You’ll have to read the story to discover if he succeeds.
“Dragons Love Tacos” and “Dragons Love Tacos 2” are hilariously compelling interactive stories. Adam Rubin uses repetitive language that permits the audience to join in on the fun. It’s a slightly far-fetched absurd tale, due to the fact that dragons aren’t real, right? Daniel Salmieri’s illustrations are cartoon-like and connect well to Adam Rubin’s tale of taco loving dragons. These two books are must-reads for kids who have an affinity for tacos, especially mild tacos. Although anyone can get a good kick out of these two tales.
“Dragons Love Tacos” and sequel are for the younger reader, from 3-6 years old, but any young elementary school student will enjoy these stories. I highly recommend any of this author/illustrator’s texts, “Secret Pizza Party,” and “Those Darn Squirrels.