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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Angry Dragon by Michael Gordon is a children’s picture book. George has an unusual pet – a dragon called Joe. Joe is an angry dragon who throws temper tantrums when things go wrong. One day, while playing with their toys, George broke one of Joe’s favorite toys. Joe loses his temper and George tries to help him understand that he shouldn’t get angry. Throughout the day, George continues helping Joe to overcome his anger and see that patience is good, greed is bad. Joe soon comes to understand that and peace reigns in the household.
The Angry Dragon by Michael Gordon is a great book for kids. The first thing that struck me was the color; it stands out with lots of bright and cheerful colors in the excellent illustrations that go along with the story. The second was the fact that it is written in rhyme and in nice-sized, easy to read print benefiting both children and the adults reading with them. The story is a simple one but carries a powerful message about how to behave and how not to behave. It teaches that anger doesn’t solve anything and that there is always another way to deal with situations, especially where the temper arises as a result of not getting what they want. I thought this was well written and to the point, although I thought that George perhaps acted a bit more grown-up than his age suggested. Overall, a good story, great for younger children to start learning right from wrong.