Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
Mo Willems meets Bob Shea in this uproariously funny picture book about Gilbert the Goblin from the creator of Unicorns Are the Worst!.
Gilbert the Goblin is absolutely, definitely, one-hundred-percent certain that dragons are the worst.
They burn down everything in sight and they hoard all the gold. They melt every ice cream cone within a mile radius, and everyone is afraid of them. But really, it’s the dragons who should be afraid of Gilbert and his tremendous goblin power!
About: Dragons Are the Worst! is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Alex Willan. It was recently published on 9/7/2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are children’s fiction, picture book, animals, and fairy tales. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. Another book by this author is Unicorns Are the Worst! According to the publisher’s website, “Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is the flagship imprint of the S&S Children’s Division. We are committed to publishing a wide range of contemporary, commercial, award-winning fiction and nonfiction that spans every age of children’s publishing. BFYR is constantly looking to the future, supporting our foundation authors and franchises, but always with an eye for breaking new ground with every publication. We are also deeply invested in developing new talent, new formats, and new avenues of publication.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Dragons Are the Worst! for my toddler as a bedtime story on 9/2/2021 and we finished it that same night. Loved this book! The cover is awesome because young readers can feel the scales of the dragon. The smoke swirling out of the dragon’s nose caught my toddler’s attention. So I told her about how dragons breathe fire. The dragons illustrated in this book were funny. I loved how one used the garden tool to pick his teeth and the other used sheep to juggle. Now I will think of dragons when my ice cream melts.
This book started with a goblin reminding readers that goblins was once feared, but now everyone only worry and fear at the mentioned of dragons. He reminded us that dragons aren’t the only scary magical creature but also orges, trolls, and goblins. He tells readers to fear him but instead people think him the cutest because he’s little. He then gave reasons why dragons aren’t so scary even if they can fly because he said pigeons can fly too.
Dragons Are the Worst! was a fun book for kids. I liked all the ways the goblin tried to reason with people from feeling scared of the dragons. It does make them seemed friendly or not fun being dragons. I’m glad the author allowed the goblin to win in his reasons to get people to fear him, even though he had to buried himself in dragon poop! After reading this book the second time, I realized that the goblin may not have known that the reason he was able to sit down with the dragons for ice cream soup was because he smelled like them. I recommend this book for all kids!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Alex Willan grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was seldom seen without his sketchbook in hand. His love of drawing led him to earn a BFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alex has exhibited in art galleries and has painted murals, theater sets, and squirmy kids’ faces, but his true love has always been children’s books. He lives in Chicago with his dog, Harley. Visit him online at Alex-Willan.Squarespace.com (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.