Reviews for No dragons for tea : fire safety for kids (and dragons)

Horn Book
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A young girl runs into a dragon and invites him to tea. With an innocent sneeze, he accidentally sets the house on fire. Luckily, the girl and her mother are well versed in fire safety, and everyone gets out safely. Humorous colored pencil illustrations suit the light tone of the text, but the awkward rhyming text is not particularly engaging. A fire safety checklist for adults is provided. Horn Rating: Marginal, seriously flawed, but with some redeeming quality. Reviewed by: sh, Genre: for Picture Books. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus
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This rhyming picture book, subtitled ``Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons),'' takes a low-key but effective approach to the serious topic of fire safety. A girl invites a dragon home to tea. Pepper on the pickle causes the problem: ``Then the dragon's nose twitched, and he started to wheeze. His eyes misted up, and he blew a great sneeze. A-A-A-Choooooo! . . . Flames shot from his mouth and from both nostrils too.'' The dragon wants to hide under the rug, but the girl wisely drags him outside while her mother goes next door to call the fire department. The fire fighters, men and women, put out the blaze and praise the child for following fire safety rules. Softly colored drawings help convey the message without frightening the children for whom the story is intended. An attractive, useful volume. (Picture book. 3-8)

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