Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Library Dragon by Carmon Agra Deedy illustrated by Michael P. White

About Carmen

Carmen Agra Deedy has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today.

Deedy began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were collected and released under the title, Growing Up Cuban In Decatur, Georgia. The pithy collection of twelve stories soon garnered awards, among them a 1995 Publishers Weekly Best Audio (Adult Storytelling) and a 1996 Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Her children’s books have won numerous awards.

The Library Dragon received various children’s state book awards and has sold near half a million copies. In 2003 the book was her home state’s choice to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival.

Carmen's Website

Author Photo Illustrated by Michael White 

Michael P. White is the illustrator of The Secret of Old Zeb, Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day and The Library Dragon. An award-winning artist and illustrator, he has exhibited his art in galleries and created original works for a number of corporations. Michael does many school visits, bookstore signings, and various other events throughout the year in addition to being a full time illustrator. His presentation, entitled The Start of Something Big: A Hands-On Program, is based on the premise that one idea can create a story and covers several curriculum-based objectives. White lives in Atlanta, Georgia

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The Library Dragon 

When Sunrise Elementary School advertised for a thick-skinned librarian with a burning love of books, Miss Lotta Scales knew she was perfect for the job. Who could guard books better than a REAL dragon?

“She kept a fiery eye out to make sure no one removed any books from the shelves…. The very thought of sticky little fingers touching and clutching, pawing and clawing, smearing and tearing her precious books just made her hot under the collar.”

Where to buy:
Peachtree Publishers
Barnes & Noble

My Opinion 

Sunrise Elementary School needed a librarian so they advertised hoping for a perfect match.  But what they got was Miss Lotta Scales and she did not want anyone to touch the books.  It became very clear she was a REAL fire breathing dragon. So how would they get a book off the shelf and out of the library?  Even the teachers came away scorched by the library dragon. 

Then one day a little girl took a book off the shelf and started reading aloud and the library dragon liked what she was hearing.  She actually found she enjoyed Storytime.This is a fun book and I really like the size of this book.  But I guess it has to be big in order to hold a fire breathing dragon inside. When I started reading the book I could almost smell something scorching the pages. 

The illustrations are colorful and the creation of the dragon librarian and her antics will entice children to find the Library Dragon in their own school library.

I recommend this book to everyone that loves their librarian.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.


  1. Great premise! I think everyone's known a "fire-breathing" librarian or two. This is a great play on that. Sounds like tonz of fun! :D

  2. Wonderful recommendation! She is an amazing children's book author. I love her books!

    Happy seeing beautiful!


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