“Dragons Love Tacos” is a one of those books that as soon as you mention it to a kid, they respond how much they love it. Or as soon as you read it, then you love it.
It was a best-seller because author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri cooked up the best recipe of humor, storytelling, subject matter and images. It’s about dragons loving tacos but not if the salsa is spicy. It’s hilarious. It’s something about the cadence of the writing that just makes a great story, a story that makes you smile. And a story that makes you want tacos. And maybe a dragon. As long as you don’t feed it spicy salsa, because it gives dragons tummy trouble.
Rubin and Salmieri also wrote and illustrated “Robo-Sauce,” which is also funny, but not quite “Dragons Love Tacos.”
Enter “Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel” (Dial/Penguin Young Readers, hardcover, $18.99). Is it as good a book as the first one? There are a few important questions to consider. Does it have dragons in it? Yes. Does it have tacos in it? Well, maybe not. If they time travel to the taco party, are there tacos? Yes. Wait, what about spicy salsa? Uh-oh.
Throw in a diaper joke, and it’s another hit book for kids. It’s good for kids to be read to, to read themselves, and even if they’ve moved on from picture books to chapter books, will still enjoy reading.
This is a great book to get for a kid as a gift for a special occasion this summer or no occasion other than to enjoy it. Maybe with some tacos, too.