Even after seeing that Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin was a New York Times bestseller, I was skeptical when my daughter received it as a present from her uncle. My brother tends to be fond of some of the “quirkier” books so I thought to myself “oh, great – here’s the first weird book that we get from Uncle Nathan!” Coupled with the fact that when I did try to read it to Eleanor, she was scared of the dragons and wouldn’t let me read it – the book set on Eleanor’s bookshelf for far too long.
Finally, after convincing Eleanor that the book wasn’t going to be scary, I was finally able to read it to her. And OH MAN – I’m glad I did. Dragons Love Tacos turned out to be one of the funniest and most quoted books in our household.
The reader can get the whole premise of the book out of the title – Dragons Love Tacos.
But it turns out that dragons also don’t like spicy salsa… it makes them have “tummy troubles” and makes them “snort sparks.”
When there is any sort of spices in our dinner, Eleanor quotes the book saying “… what are those little green things…? Those are jalapeño peppers – they are super-spicy! DO NOT LET THOSE DRAGONS EAT THOSE (insert dinner here)!!!! Crunch, crunch, crunch… Too late…”
This book is light-hearted and fun to read. Rubin does an excellent way of creating a “how to” book to throw a taco party for dragons. The reader acts as an expert on what kind of tacos and taco parties dragons love most, telling the little boy in the illustrations what to do and not to do when throwing a taco party. Even going so far as telling him that he needs “boatloads of tacos”… “pantloads of tacos” (with an illustration of both the “boatloads…” and “pantloads of tacos”).
I have learned through my experience with Dragons Love Tacos to not judge a book on how silly it will be and to not let my toddler dictate what books are too scary to read. I think I may have to get some more silly books on the bookshelf because the giggles that come from them are so very worth it!