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You Don't Want a Dragon!

You Don't Want a Dragon!

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: June 9th, 2020
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Second Star to the Right
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(Picture Book )
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Be careful what you wish for -- again! This follow-up to You Don't Want a Unicorn! by New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and beloved illustrator Liz Climo points out the hilarious mishaps that come with adopting a dragon.   Our protagonist wishes (much to the narrator's continued chagrin) for a pet dragon. Though initially thrilled, the kid quickly discovers that dragons aren't quite as awesome as they originally thought. From the scooting to the digging to the fire-breathing, our Kid is dismayed that they still haven't found their perfect pet. Little do they know, that pet might just be right around the corner . . .

About the Author

Ame Dyckman is the award-winning author of That's Life!, Dandy, Read the Book, Lemmings!, You Don't Want a Unicorn!, Horrible Bear!, the New York Times Bestselling Wolfie the Bunny, and more. Ame lives in New Jersey with the most difficult beast of all: her cat (as well as her family and other book characters). You can visit Ame on Twitter (@AmeDyckman).
Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the illustrator of You Don't Want a Unicorn! and Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?, as well as the author and illustrator of the Rory the Dinosaur series, Please Don't Eat Me, The Little World of Liz Climo, Lobster is the Best Medicine, and Best Bear Ever! Liz currently lives with her husband, their daughter, and their dog Shooby. You can see more of her work at or on Instagram (@LizClimo).

Praise for You Don't Want a Dragon!

Praise for You Don't Want a Unicorn!: "Climo's rainbow-bright illustrations take Dyckman's silly premise to a whole new level of absurdity.... This is a crowd-pleaser, complete with cupcake poops and rainbow burps, and...a welcoming and unobtrusive gender-nonconforming vibe."—Horn Book

"Climo creates gleeful unicorn havoc ... there's a lot of mischievous fun to be had."—Publishers Weekly

"The tone of the wry, bemused narrator is perfect...and the target audience will likely be eager for a repeat listen."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Imaginative fun throughout."—Booklist

Praise for You Don't Want a Dragon!:
"Bite-sized bits of second-person narrative share space on roomy pages with bright, simply drawn...cartoon scenes."—Booklist

"[T]he chaos of dragon ownership is comically clear. The tidy minimalism of the digital art makes the mess and destruction all the more alarming, and the unicorn/hamster mutants of the close are utterly irresistible."—BCCB

"[S]illy and bright with slapstick humor [...] this book's subject matter has perennial--and enaging--interest."—School Library Journal