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Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0525428887
LANGUAGE:English

"So, I can see that not everyone feels this way, but I actually think I like this sequel better than the original! I was already laughing at the title - picture books generally don't have sequels called "The Sequel." It defies convention! And the laughs didn't stop there. I literally laughed out loud through the whole thing!

It's zanier than the original (and how could anything be zanier than dragons who love tacos?). And I guess that's why some people don't like it as much - because maybe it's a bit less focused. But I enjoyed the random humor. I loved the newspaper headline, "Taco Scientists Baffled," that introduced the taco shortage crisis. I loved the illustration of the ginormous time machine parked in the garage next to the tiny family van. And I loved the fact that planting a taco in the ground to grow a taco tree was a totally legitimate idea! Maybe my sense of humor is immature. I don't care. I love to laugh and this book made me do just that! :D
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"Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture Book

Copyright Date: 2017

Estimate of age level of interest: PreK-3rd Grade

Estimate of reading level: 3rd Grade

Brief description: The dragons are sad. Why, you ask? NO MORE TACOS! Nothing that a little time travel can’t fix..right?

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: This humorous and engaging picture book blends text and illustration beautifully together to tell the story. Young readers and listeners will laugh out loud as they follow the dragons along in their time machine travels, questing for non spicy tacos. The end pages of the book begin the story, with two full pages of tacos (until you reach the end pages in the back, where readers can search for something that doesn’t quite belong). Adults will particularly enjoy the final page “Heck, everyone loves tacos.” The page is filled with a cast of creatures and people that love tacos, including some familiar faces: Abe Lincoln, Daenerys Targaryen, the Statue of Liberty, and Neil deGrasse Tyson (to name a few). The language used in the story is simple, and the pictures are the real prize in the book.

In what ways and how well does the book as a whole serve its intended audience?: Building on the success of the first Dragons Love Tacos, Rubin and Salmieri bring us back to the taco loving dragons, but in this book tacos have disappeared! What ensues is a zany time traveling journey to find a time (before the spicy taco incident) to visit to collect tacos and ensure that the future is taco-filled. Preschoolers will delight in the antics and trials of trying to get the correct tacos (not spicy, not the stone age, not dragons loving diapers, or tacos loving dragons) but delicious, non spicy tacos. These will then be planted so they can grow into a taco tree and keep the dragons happy forever. What other times and places can these taco seeking voyagers visit? Third graders can add new locations and time periods to visit in the story and research facts and information to include and inform their illustration.

Awards if any: N/A

Reviews: Booklist (June 1, 2017 (Online))
Kirkus Reviews (April 15, 2017)
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" Almost as good as the first one. I liked the mixed up situations and love the strange assortment of characters in the last spread. " said.

" My kids love Adam Rubin's books. I barely had Dragons Love Tacos 2 out of our library bag when the kids made me sit down (on the floor, right where I was) and read it. " said.

" Every bit as wonderful as the first " said.

" THE WORLD HAS RUN OUT OF TACOS?!!! How can this problem be solved? By building a time machine and going back to that Awesome taco party. What comes next is a whole different story. This would be fun to read for a storytime with both books and an awesome craft afterwards. " said.

" The first was a huge success - blending silliness and creativity to create a fun read aloud. This one keeps the same recipe of silliness and creativity, but in reading it through, I didn't feel the same sense of this making a great read aloud. I was very hopeful because my kids love the first one. I was hoping this would make for more silly fun in a read aloud, but I'm seeing this as one kids will enjoy looking through frequently off of the classroom shelves. " said.

" Just as funny as the first, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel transports readers to the past (via a time machine) so that a taco can be rescued for a future without tacos. Bright, bold illustrations and humorous text make this a read-aloud favorite! The last panel inclusively shows that "Heck, everyone loves tacos." by showing astronauts, aliens, Frankenstein, cowboys, ballerinas, and even Abe Lincoln love tacos! -Reviewer 9 " said.

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