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Dragons Love Tacos Book Review

Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | April 12, 2017

When You Invite a Dragon to Dinner…

News alert! It has just been discovered that there are no more tacos left anywhere in the world!How will families everywhere whip up their favorite weekly meal on Taco Tuesdays if there are no tacos to be found? You’ll probably have to read DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: THE SEQUEL to find out how to bring them back. We can’t help but think this catastrophe has something to do with this sizzling hot success of a story …

Dragons Love Tacos By Adam RubinDragons Love Tacos

By Adam Rubin

Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Age Range: 3 – 5

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Dial Books (2012)

ISBN: 978-0803736801

What to expect: Dragons, Food, Humor

Publisher’s synopsis: Have you ever wondered how to host a party for dragons? Yes? Well … this satisfyingly ludicrous picture book is for you. Here’s your first (and most important) tip: dragons love tacos! But beware of the spicy kind.

In the pages of this very funny book you’ll find out just how to throw the ultimate dragon party.  If you give a dragon a taco, you can be sure they will be incredibly happy. So if you want to make friends with dragons the best thing to do is host a taco party. Nobody knows why they love them so much, but beef, chicken, big and gigantic, tiny little baby tacos, and any other kind of delicious taco will do the trick. Just be sure not to serve the tacos with spicy salsa. Blah! Dragon’s just can’t stand it. Just one drop of hot sauce will cause their ears to smoke, sparks to fly, and (perhaps worst of all) tummy trouble. Oh no! But don’t fret, within the pages of this scrumptious picture book, you’ll find a checklist of ingredients and constant reminders to avoid that hot sauce. What could go wrong? The taco party is a huge success … that is until the not-so-mild, mild taco sauce is introduced to the storyline.

Author Adam Rubin cleverly talks directly to the reader and the young boy protagonist (the party host as shown in the illustrations). This direct writing style lends itself well to being read out loud—it’s also a very clever way of inviting the reader into the pages. Best of all, Rubin’s witty humor, in combination with Daniel Salmieri’s illustrations, packs as much punch as a ghost pepper—that’s powerful! The watercolor, gouache, and color pencil illustrations often provide answers to the narrator’s questions; such as this response to “Hey dragon, how do you feel about spicy taco toppings?”


Dragons Love Tacos is so sizzling hot that, at the time of this review, it has been on The New York Times Best Sellers list for 163 weeks. If you have a kiddo that enjoys funny books, dabbles in dragons, enjoys tacos of the non-spicy variety, and could benefit from the cautionary aspect of remembering to read fine print, this is the picture book you’ll want to serve up next. And, on the topic of what to serve next, the only way to top Dragons Love Tacos will be by serving up Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel (If you preorder Dragons Love Tacos 2 now you can enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Taco Party gift basket from Penguin Kids by clicking here.).

One last thing, please remember that when you invite a dragon to dinner you’ll need to be sure to keep the hot sauce locked inside the pantry.

Available Here: 

How to Make Tacos That Dragons Love

About the Author

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks.

About the Illustrator

Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene…), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) Dragons Love Tacos Book and Toy Sets (ARV: $17.99 each).

Dragons Love Tacos Toy Book Set

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 3, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 1, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Week One:

April 3 – Pirates n’ Pixie Dust – Taco Scavenger Hunt

April 4 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review + Recipe

April 5 – A Story a Day – Review + Taco Craft

April 6 – The Book Shire – Review

April 7 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Recipe + Taco Craft


Week Two:

April 10 – Ali’s Book Nook – Review + Recipe

April 11 – Mundie Kids – Review + Taco Party Checklist

April 12 – The Children’s Book Review – When You Invite a Dragon to Dinner…

April 13 – Reading is Better with Cupcakes – A World Without Tacos?!

April 14 – My Bookbloom – Review + Taco Activity


Week Three:

April 17 – As They Grow Up – Review

April 18 – The Book Nut – Taco Soup Recipe

April 19 – YA Book Nerd – Missing Taco Hunt

April 20 – Inspiration Laboratories – Dragons Love Tacos Birthday Party

April 21 – In Wonderland – Review + Taco Salad Recipe


Week Four:

April 24 – A Homeschool Mom – Review + Chili Pepper Experiment

April 25 – The Plot Bunny – Review + Recipe

April 26 – No BS Book Reviews – Taco Craft

April 27 – My Little Poppies – Review

April 28 – Happily Ever Elephants – Review

Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, was reviewed by Bianca Schulze. Discover more books like Dragons Love Tacos by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with  , and .

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • How exciting that there will be a sequel to Dragon Loves Tacos. Funny books are always a hit with the students I teach!

    April 12, 2017
  • I’m excited. The first one is a favorite in my library!

    April 12, 2017
  • This sounds wonderful. Thank you for being part of the tour.
    Carol L

    April 12, 2017
  • This sounds so much fun and thanks for making me hungry! I love fresh tacos and it’s healthy (or can be) and fast as well as customizable to each person’s taste.

    April 12, 2017
  • Given the success of the first book, the second is bound to be hugely popular. Congratulations to all concerned.

    April 12, 2017
  • This sounds delightful and wonderful. tacos are great.

    April 12, 2017
  • “Are you excited for DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2? ” Yes! Mega-excited!

    April 12, 2017
  • Sounds like a delightful read!

    April 12, 2017
  • So excited!!! We love DRAGONS LOVE TACOS!

    April 12, 2017
  • So cute. I love both dragons and tacos.

    April 12, 2017
  • My granddaughter and I love Dragons Love Tacos. The Overdrive had it where it was read to her and moved. When we are in B & N she always points it out.

    April 13, 2017
  • I am excited! It sounds and looks like such a great book and I know my dragon crazy grandson would love it.

    April 13, 2017
  • I’m super excited. It looks cute

    April 13, 2017
  • Grandson is in a dragon mode right now. Great giveaway.
    Carol L

    April 14, 2017
  • YES or i hope so anyway.

    April 14, 2017
  • This book just makes my heart smile.

    April 14, 2017
  • sounds like a super book

    April 14, 2017
  • Sounds like a book my grandchildren will read over and over.

    April 14, 2017
  • The kids love these kinds of books!

    April 15, 2017
  • my grandkids love these books

    April 15, 2017
  • Sounds like a super book for kids!

    April 15, 2017
  • Such an awesome book!!!!

    April 16, 2017
  • I love that it’s a series. Thank you for theses wonderful giveaway chances.
    Carol L

    April 18, 2017
  • I’m excited and my kids would love to read the book.

    April 18, 2017
  • We’re so excited dragons are our favorite. We love stories about them.

    April 18, 2017
  • we had tacos tonight, but they weren’t dragon sized.

    April 18, 2017
  • We love Adam Rubin’s books! Very excited for book 2!

    April 19, 2017
  • Cant believe this giveaway!!!!!!!!! This is Great!!!!!!

    April 19, 2017
  • @ inspirationlaboratories (aka: apple blossom)

    April 20, 2017
  • Sounds like an amazing read with my grandsons!!! They just love to be read to out loud!!!…And, this book sounds like a great read….

    April 21, 2017
  • Yes, this book sounds adorable! My grandkids would love it!

    April 22, 2017
  • This sounds like a cute book to share with our children.

    April 23, 2017
  • My granddaughter is a new reader & it is something I am totally encouraging! This book looks like one she would really enjoy.

    April 24, 2017
  • burritos are pretty good too. yum!

    April 25, 2017
  • The students love funny stories! My friend read this in her after-school Book Cooks program and the students made taco’s. I am going to request this book for the library. Wouldn’t it be fun to win the second book. I am sure it is hysterical! No HOT SAUCE please!

    April 26, 2017
  • My sweet little Chloe Pearl LOVES dragons AND tacos!

    April 26, 2017
  • I have never heard of this book before and it sounds so cute and one my grandchildren would love reading.

    April 27, 2017
  • The kids think these books are so funny!

    April 29, 2017
  • Would love to read this to my granddaughter Arya. Ty for the chance

    April 30, 2017
  • My family is looking forward to reading Dragons Love Tacos and thanks for the opportunity to win.

    April 30, 2017
  • My lil man would love these books! Thanks for the chance!!

    April 30, 2017
  • We are so excited for this book! My daughter LOVES to read and hopes to read this soon! Thanks for giving us the chance to win it!

    April 30, 2017
  • I am excited! It sounds and looks like such a great book and I know my dragon crazy husband and granddaughter would love it.

    April 30, 2017
  • believe it or not, zucchini is amazing in tacos

    April 30, 2017

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