When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

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On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, braving the waves, defying bullies, and roasting marshmallows—all while Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is engrossed in her book. Unfortunately, no one believes the boy when he tries to share the news of this magnificent creature. That’s when the mischief begins, and the dragon becomes a force to be reckoned with. While adults will recognize the naughty antics as a ploy for attention, children will dissolve into giggles as the dragon devours every last sandwich, blows bubbles in the lemonade, and leaves claw prints in the brownies. Maybe the dragon really is running amok on the beach, or maybe it’s a little boy’s imagination that is running wild.


About Jodi Moore

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Jodi Moore is a freelance magazine writer and has worked as chief contributing editor of the Promo Network. She lives in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Howard McWilliam is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed I Need My Monster. He was chosen as National Young Cartoonist of the Year at the age of 12. A regular cover artist for the Week magazine, he also illustrates for the Sunday Telegraph, Moneyweek, and Outdoor Life.
Published January 1, 2011 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its sequels should enjoy how debut author Moore, channeling an imaginative boy at the beach with his family, muses upon the consequences of having a bright red dragon take up lodging in his sand castle.

Mar 14 2011 | Read Full Review of When a Dragon Moves In


If a boy builds a perfect sandcastle on the beach, he can expect a dragon to move in, because it turns out that dragons simply can't resist perfect sandcastles.

Sep 20 2012 | Read Full Review of When a Dragon Moves In

New York Journal of Books

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When a Dragon Moves In is a story about friendship, the beach, and a creative imagination.At the shore for a day of frolicking in the sun with his family, a young boy builds a sandcastle—and that is when the fun begins—for when he builds a sandcastle, an enormous red dragon decides to move in.

May 01 2011 | Read Full Review of When a Dragon Moves In

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