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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Very Hungry Dragon is a children’s fairy tale picture book written by Nathan Miles (a six-year-old) and illustrated by Joe Shawcross. What is a trio of goats to do when their food is continually stolen by a lazy and hungry dragon with a propensity for the fresh fruit and vegetables the goats love to eat. Time and again, the dragon stole the food from their home in Nathan’s farm until, in desperation, they left. But the dragon wasn’t giving up on their food, which he had decided was to be all his. He even got the better of them when they decided to make the bottom of a lake their new home. What could they do? How could they eat their own food without having a hungry dragon steal it?
Nathan Miles’s The Very Hungry Dragon is an imaginative and fun story about a dragon who just can’t get enough of the food that three very annoyed goats think is theirs. The lazy and overfed dragon continually grabs their fruit and vegetables, leaving three disgruntled and even more hungry goats gazing balefully after his departing form. The plot is fun and totally unpredictable, and Joe Shawcross’s illustrations are marvelous. I loved seeing the expressions he gives the dragon and the goats, and found that each boldly and brightly-colored panel worked perfectly with the story. I also appreciated the challenge of finding Heidi, a small green caterpillar, on each page in the book. The Very Hungry Dragon is fun to read and is a perfect first book for a new reader. It’s highly recommended.