Jack Kent's There's No Such Thing as a Dragon
Children's book review by Sarah Denslow
A children's book about whether ignoring problems makes them go away!
What do you do when a kitten-sized dragon appears in your room?
Our hero, young Billy Bixbee, is all for patting it on the head. But Mom keeps telling him that “There’s no such thing as a dragon,” and there’s not much point in patting something on the head that doesn’t exist.
Soon, though, the dragon is the size of a dog, and he just keeps growing. Mom and Billy have to go in and out through the windows to get from room to room because the dragon is taking up the whole hallway.
By lunchtime, the dragon is so big that when he starts to chase a passing bread truck, he takes off with the whole house on his back.
What to do?
Mom is still stubbornly trying to ignore the problem, insisting that “there’s no such thing as a dragon”, but Billy has had enough: he pats the dragon on the head, and the dragon shrinks back down to kitten sized again.
The parallels to the “elephant in the room” problem are obvious; children can learn that ignoring problems won’t just make them go away, while we adults can be reminded that sometimes children know much better than us how to solve problems.
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon is one of my all time favorite children's books. It’s easy to read, full of subtle humor, and fun illustrations. Usually, the kids love it as much as I do.
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