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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
My Dragon's Time Machine is an illustrated children’s book by Dominic Parisi. Dominic has a dragon for a pet. Since his dragon needed a name, Dominic called him Walter. Walter has his very own time machine. Whenever Dominic wishes to travel somewhere in time, he and Walter fly high in the air, circling the earth and landing in a different era. This is fine, as long as he returns home before bed time. Walter and Dominic visit a caveman named Oogoo who lives in a cave near a volcano. Dominic shows Oogoo that round wheels are better than square ones. Oogoo is excited and uses the wheel to make a wheelbarrow to carry his tools. Both Dominic and his dragon explore their surroundings and discover some smaller wildlife, as well as a large pink dinosaur which looks a lot like Walter, except that her arms are tiny and she has no wings. When she bats her eyes and smiles at Walter, he is so scared that he runs and hides behind a giant boulder. Luckily, it is time for Dominic and Walter to leave...
I found Dominic Parisi’s wild imagination and use of a significant historical era not only educational, but very inspiring. The humor in the tale is quite clever. Oogoo learns a lot from this strange boy from the future, showing that Dominic has paid attention and has learned quite a bit in school. My Dragon’s Time Machine is an entertaining children’s story which would appeal to the 2-7 year age group. Its valuable lesson in teaching children to utilize their imagination is priceless.