The Boy from the Dragon Palace

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Albert Whitman & Company
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10.5 X 8.3 X 0.1 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Margaret Read MacDonald's most recent books include The Boy from the Dragon Palace and How Many Donkeys?An Arabic Counting Tale. She lives in Washington where she works as a Children's Librarian and maps out her whimsical tales. Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to the United States from Japan in 1988 to study art. She has illustrated numerous books for young readers, such as Beach is to Fun (named Best Children's book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education) and What is Science? (a finalist in the Children's Science Picture Book category of the 2007 SB&F Prize).


2012 Storytelling World Award
Best Children's Books of the Year 2012, Bank Street College
2011 NYPL 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

STARRED REVIEW! "The text is nicely repetitive and includes satisfyingly disgusting nose-blowing effects that children will love. MacDonald's lively retelling of this folktale is bound to fascinate kids; after all, who can resist a tale with a snot-nosed boy?"--Kirkus Reviews starred review

"MacDonald's version of this Japanese folktale offers minor grossness and big laughs, with a moral tossed in; Yoshikawa's digitally enhanced watercolors, correspondingly, go for humor over elegance...Perhaps, the tale suggests, even great wealth is not free of annoyances."--Publishers Weekly

"The author's choice of words, her syntax, and timing give the story an easy, natural flow...The simplicity of both the text and the illustrations makes this an excellent choice for storytimes and sharing one-on-one."--School Library Journal

"Children, predictably, will enjoy the boy's snuffling of nose and slurping of soup. Parents will like the parable against greed. And despite the tale's ick factor, Yoshikawa's drawings are lovely and adorable."--The New York TImes

"A sure-fire hit with primary grades, this would be a lighthearted source of discussion of when enough is enough."--The Horn Book Magazine

"There is some real child appeal in the boy's wish granting, particularly as it involves an elaborate ritual wherein he wipes his snotty nose first on one sleeve, then the other, then blows 'HNNNK! HNNNK! HNNNK!, ' and those sharing the story aloud will have a particularly good time with this routine."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"MacDonald's retelling of this Japanese folktale is lyrical and the illustrations are lush and a feast for the eyes."--Library Media Connection