Author/Illustrator: Kurt Cyrus
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: February 2018
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: March 2018
What happens when a dragon gets a cold? In one small village, a sneezing dragon brings chaos and hilarity that young readers will absolutely love.
Enzo the dragon is not feeling well and the townspeople are running for the hills:
When cinders come showering down from the skies...
And thunder is rumbling,
and smoke burns your eyes...
Then run like a rabbit! Fly like the breeze!
Enzo the dragon is starting to sneeze.
Enzo is miserable and every time he sneezes, he spreads his misery - and germs! - to everybody around him. The crops are wilting, the corn is popping, and the knights are covering their faces. This can't continue!
The royal magician is called to help the dragon, but the dragon doesn't want to take his advice (medicine and a nap). Enzo continues scorching, sneezing, and destroying everything around him. Will he ever get better?
Be A Good Dragon is a fantastic story about a sneezy dragon who zaps everything in his path with his sneezes. Told in rhyme that doesn't miss a beat, and that has no "clunky" lines that don't work, the story is full of laughs. The author is also the illustrator and his drawings are hysterical and perfect for this fun-loving story. There aren't many review books that I keep to add to my children's book shelf, but Be A Good Dragon is heading to that shelf as soon as this review is posted. I look forward to many more books by author/illustrator Kurt Cyrus.
Quill says: Enzo the dragon is lovable, goofy, and silly, and what he does when he gets a bad cold will have everybody laughing.