Review of Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner is a fun book about table manners with dinosaurs! Which kid is not going to be happy learning about table manners if there are dinosaurs in it?! The book addresses the reader it provides some tips on organizing a dinner treat. It includes NOT taking a dragon to dinner.

It then goes through the different scenarios if you insist on bringing your dragon to dinner. They disturb everyone, they stink, they will grab a phone, burp loudly, pound on the table, plays with the food, and many other crazy things that anyone should not do on a fancy dinner table.

But toward the end, it affirms the bond between the narrator and her dragon and suggests eating dinner at home instead. She also gives some tips on how to teach a dragon some table manners.

Book Information

Title: Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner
Author: Julie Gassman
Illustrator: Andy Elkerton
Published by Capstone Young Readers
Copyright 2017 by Capstone Young Readers
No. of pages: 32

About the Author & Illustrator

from the author information page of the book:

Julie Gassman is the youngest in a family of 9 children. She grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New York City. She now lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children. Julie’s favorite way to celebrate anything is with a delicious meal, with or without her dragon.

Andy Elkerton decided to go back to being a children’s book illustrator after 14 years of working as a graphic designer. Since 2002, he has produced work for picture books, educational books, advertising, and toy design. Andy has worked for clients all over the world. He currently lives in a small tourist town on the west coast of Scotland with his wife and three children.

Values or Lessons

Learning table manners is the biggest set of lessons that the book offers. It’s a great reminder for kids on what to avoid at the dinner table. It also highlights the joys of helping prepare food in the kitchen for some good dinner at home. We were able to challenge and remind our son “NOT to be a dragon” on the dinner table, especially if we are going to a nice restaurant for a family meal.


The artwork is fun and engaging, the color scheme is bright and captures the attention of a 4-year old boy. The illustration reminds me of colored manga and anime from Japan.

Fun Factor

It was fun reading this book to our son. We laughed at the behavior of the dragons at the dinner table, at some gross things that they did and teased each other about who did some of those actions at dinner.


Overall, this book is a fun read for young boys and girls to start teaching them about table manners at home at a restaurant.

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