I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a girl and a dragon story. But I rarely find one in picture book format that I really enjoy. Yesterday, I was looking through our new picture books and making note of the ones that would be good for storytime, when I ran across Evermore Dragon.
For me, the story starts off kind of ho-hum, with some playfulness with words, and rhythmic lines. Okay. Then, the girl and dragon play hide and seek, and the girl pretends that she cannot find the huge dragon hiding behind a little rock. Shrug. Nice enough, but nothing special. Then it’s the girl’s turn to hide, and she gets herself lost. The dragon comes to find her…and…well, the book just got magical for me. His devotion and fierce protectiveness of the girl touched something inside me. I just wanted to hunt little kids down and demand that they snuggle up with me while I read the book to them (I didn’t do this, mind you, I just felt like it.)
I did give this book to a co-worker. She read it and said, “There should be a genre designation for books that make you want to hug someone at the end.” So, yeah, maybe it’s not just me. Anyway, hunt down this book and read it for me, will you? Then tell me if you loved it as much as I did, or whether I was having a weird hormonal day.
Thanks. I’ll wait right here.