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Book Review: Hush, Little Dragon by Boni Ashburn


Hush, Little Dragon

Adorable dragons search for a bedtime snack in this heartfelt and funny debut picture book set to the tune of “Hush, Little Baby.” Baby and Mama Dragon are almost ready to settle in for the night, but Baby can’t sleep until he gets a treat. Together they search for one in a beautifully detailed village-but there are so many options to choose from! Will they devour the town’s magician? Eat the three musketeers? Gobble up the princess? Or maybe dine on the mean old queen? Exhausted from their clever culinary adventure, Mama and Baby dragon settle down to a good night’s sleep in this warm, funny tale.

Using a tried-and-true lullaby with a clever twist, and warm illustrations to bring the story to life, this picture book will be a familiar yet original read for picky eaters-and readers-at bedtime and storytime.

Hush, Little Dragon

Abrams Books For Young Readers, 2008

Picture book, 32 pages

Recommended for ages 4-8


Hush, Little Dragon is an irreverent twist on parent-child love that fun-loving grandparents will truly enjoy sharing with their grandchildren.

Its sequel, Over At The Castle, is due out in early 2010 and is a counting rhyme based on the song “Over In The Meadow.” It features the same mischievous dragons, but centers on the daily hustle and bustle of life in a busy castle.

Both books make a great addition to the bookshelves of young princess-loving or knight-loving grandchildren.

Review blurbs:

“…hilariously deadpan… It’s Sweeney Todd for the sandbox set.” – Regan McMahon, San Francisco Chronicle

“…very original…quirky and refreshing…certain to bring a smile to the faces of even the grumpiest of children.” – Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book Review

“…Hush, Little Dragon brings a welcome tartness to mother love… that reached my 4-year-old right where he lives.” – Washington Post

“Charmingly illustrated… kids with an affinity for Edward Gorey will no doubt be tickled.” – Time Out New York Kids magazine

Boni Ashburn lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and four children. When she is not reading or writing children’s books, she enjoys searching beaches and gravel roads for native agates and copper, playing Scrabble, traveling, photography and watching her children participate in every sport known to man.

For more information about Boni, please see www.boniashburn.com


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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