Perfect Picture Book Friday – Dragon Night

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

Wait ’til you see the gorgeous book I have to share with you today!  I dare you not to love it! 🙂

dragon night

Title: Dragon Night

Written & Illustrated By: J. R. Krause

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers, January 22 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-7

Themes/Topics: friendship, kindness, childhood fears (nighttime), word play

Opening: “Georgie is afraid of the night.
It’s too dark with the lights off.
Too quiet with everyone asleep.
And being alone makes everything worse.”

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text and illustration copyright J.R.Krause 2019

Brief Synopsis: Georgie is afraid of the night.  The dragon is afraid of the knight.  The dragon knows just how to help Georgie overcome his fear, and the two set off on a unforgettable adventure. But when the morning comes, Georgie feels better about the night, but the dragon is still afraid of the knight. How can Georgie help his friend?

Links To Resources: Make Your Own Night Light; write your own story for the dragon the way Georgie does – what items would you include? what setting? Make Dragon Egg Sugar Cookies! 🙂

Why I Like This Book: Lots of kids are afraid of the dark and the night, so this charming story is sure to be relatable and I think any child will find it comforting.  It’s a lovely story for bedtime.

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text and illustration copyright J.R.Krause 2019

The combination of text and illustration hits the exact magical note that makes a picture book truly perfect. Both Georgie and the Dragon are appealing characters (I hope no one misses that his name is Georgie 🙂 ), and the story is one of kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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How endearing is this? 🙂                                                                                                                              (text and illustration copyright J.R.Krause 2019)

My favorite part, aside from the lovely relationship that develops between the two, and getting to see the knight from the dragon’s point of view, is the fact that Georgie’s solution involves creative writing – what a great model for young readers! 🙂

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

34 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Dragon Night

  1. Diane Tulloch says:

    Aww…what a beautiful book. I must look out for this one. Love to read it. Funny about the night lights as we have left some of our white sparkly string lights up out in the shrubs and bedroom window.. It’s comforting at night.

  2. Ashley Congdon says:

    I just read this was listed on Brightly’s best of January books. Such a cute concept. The boy is afraid of the night. The dragon is afraid of the knight.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I’m so glad you like it too, Pat! I thought it was fabulous on every level even before I got the solution – but as writers, there’s not much of a better way to resolve the story than what Georgie thought up! 🙂

  3. Barbara Gruener says:

    Wow; this title, text and illustration package looks like the REAL deal. If I were still in the classroom, I’d totally compare and contrast with Jodi Moore’s Dragon books. Thank you, thank you.

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    The illustrations pull me in immediately. And the one with the teary-eyed dragon makes me want to give them all a hug. Exactly what you want a picture book to do. Thanks for sharing this one, Susanna!

  5. Joanna says:

    I totally got the Georgie nod! 🙂

    Susanna, it is wonderful that we are seeing new people join in PPBF, but I wonder if it might be worth doing a very quick mention in maybe your next PPBF post about adding resources/activities to posts. I think this is what make PPBF really stand out compared to other PB lists. Just a thought.

  6. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    Mom and I don’t like the night either. We’re not sure about the knight, because none of them live in our building (that we know of…). We have many night lights to help us. Maybe the dragon just needs a knight-light.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  7. Sue Heavenrich says:

    this is the book my kids would have cherished and worn out with reading every night. And yes, they would recognize George immediately. (they knew the names of all the great ones…)

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