Book Review: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri
Published by Penguin Genres: Children's Books
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five-stars

“Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa… Oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.”

Who ever knew Dragons loved tacos so much? Clearly the authors of this hilarious and entertaining book do. They share their expertise on throwing the best taco party on the block and what dragons will expect. Most importantly, they tell us that dragons do NOT like spicy salsa. In fact, there will be all sorts of trouble if a dragon eats spicy salsa. So make sure to hide it, better yet bury it if you can.

This entertaining and fun story is filled with dragons of all kinds, the vivid and bold illustrations are sure to grab your attention. Readers will find something new and unexpected happening on every page, so even the shortest of attention spans can be remain engaged. Young readers will delight in the silliness and be inspired to throw their own Dragon taco party.

If you love dragons, tacos, and parties, you need to read this book! Just make sure to keep the spicy salsa hidden…in case any dragons drop by.

 

Are you ready to make your own delicious tacos? Try out my yummy and healthy recipe (little dragons and big dragons alike will love it!)

 

Sticky and Sweet Lime and Honey Chicken Tacos

Sweet and Sticky Lime Chicken Thighs – An easy and quick one skillet meal including sticky, tender and delicious chicken thighs rubbed with a homemade spice rub and brushed with an amazingly sweet lime honey sauce.

 

Ingredients

FOR THE SPICE RUB

  • 1 teaspoons, or to taste, paprika (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR THE HONEY SAUCE

  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ of a Fresh squeeze lime

FOR THE CHICKEN

  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • 6 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • green onions, for garnish

FOR TACOS

  • Whole wheat soft tortillas (medium size)
  • 6 to 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • green onions
  • grated lime rind (for a citrus kick/garnish)
  • shredded lettuce for topping
  • sour cream (to drizzle on top of lettuce)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Place skillet or grill pan over medium high heat with olive oil.
  3. Combine the spice rub ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined Rub the chicken with the prepared spice rub and toss to coat (if you like you can let this marinate for a few hours before you cook it).
  4. Add chicken to skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
  5. Prepare the honey sauce by combining honey and apple cider vinegar and lime juice; stir until well incorporated.
  6. Remove chicken from heat and pour honey sauce over the chicken thighs, turning to coat.
  7. Bake in over for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven and let stand couple minutes.
  9. Cut chicken into slices
  10. Place whole wheat soft tortilla on plate, place chicken on the tortilla and garnish with green onions, shredded lettuce and a drizzle of sour cream (you can also top off with your favorite salsa).
  11. Serve and ENJOY!

 

About The Authors:

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks.

Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene…), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Now, I’m not sure you’ve heard, but the tacos are becoming extinct! We need your help to save them (and to keep the dragons happy and the parties coming). We all must do our part to #SavetheTacos! You can help by pre-ordering Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel.

To help us save the tacos, Penguin Kids is sending everyone who pre-orders Dragons Love Tacos 2 a bumper sticker and entering them to win the Ultimate Taco Party gift basket!

 

And if that’s not enough, you can enter to win a Dragons Love Tacos Book and Toy Set!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 3, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 1, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
 
TOUR SCHEDULE:

Week One:

April 3 – Pirates n’ Pixie Dust – Taco Scavenger Hunt

April 4 – Margie’s Must Reads – Review + Recipe

April 5 – A Story a Day – Review + Taco Craft

April 6 – The Book Shire

April 7 – Swoony Boys Podcast – Recipe + Taco Craft

 

Week Two:

April 10 – Ali’s Book Nook – Review + Recipe

April 11 – Mundie Kids – Review + Taco Party Checklist

April 12 – The Children’s Book Review – When You Invite a Dragon to Dinner…

April 13 – Reading is Better with Cupcakes – A World Without Tacos?!

April 14 – My Bookbloom – Review + Taco Activity

 

Week Three:

April 17 – As They Grow Up – Review

April 18 – The Book Nut – Taco Soup Recipe

April 19 – YA Book Nerd – Missing Taco Hunt

April 20 – Inspiration Laboratories – Dragons Love Tacos Birthday Party

April 21 – In Wonderland – Review + Taco Salad Recipe

 

Week Four:

April 24 – A Homeschool Mom – Review + Chili Pepper Experiment

April 25 – The Plot Bunny – Review + Recipe

April 26 – No BS Book Reviews – Taco Craft

April 27 – My Little Poppies – Review

April 28 – Happily Ever Elephants – Review

five-stars

Book Review: Doctor Who / Mr. Men Series by Adam Hargreaves

by Adam Hargreaves
Published by BBC Children's Books, Penguin on April 25th, 2017
Genres: Children's Books
Goodreads
five-stars

Calling all Doctor Who fans! There is a new and super adorable new series that mashes up Doctor Who with the classic works of Roger Hargreaves Mr. Men series. If you are anything like me as a child, you fondly remember reading those little white books with their colorful little people; with such titles as Mr. Nosey, Mr. Tickles, and Miss Magic to name a few.

Now a new collection, done by Mr. Hargreaves’s son Adam in collaboration with the BBC is coming out on April 25th. While the books have the same bold and colorful illustrations and the Mr. Men/Little Miss Series, it also features inside jokes for fans of the show. This new series will feature the first, fourth, eleventh, and twelfth Doctors, with more Doctors to come later in August.

While reading these little books I could not help but feel nostalgia for one of my favorite childhood authors, and also for the Doctor Who series too. I loved how Adam Hargreaves was able to capture the essence of the Doctor in each of these little books. You’ll also get an assortment of villains too from Weeping Angels, Zygons, Cyber Man, Daleks and even Missy. But not to worry, none of it is scary and most of it will make you laugh from the total silliness of it all.

 

I felt like a little kid again, giggling at the funny illustrations and the overall cuteness of these books. I highly recommend them to all fans of Doctor Who and Hargreaves, and more so to young readers looking for wonderfully silly and imaginative stories.

 

 

You can pre-order these books on Penguin’s website, or on Amazon (or here and here, for UK readers).

 

Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with advance copies of the first four books in the series in exchange for an honest review. #PRHpartner

 

five-stars

YA Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

YA Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by Swoon Reads on March 14th 2017
Goodreads
five-stars

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek is an adorable, diverse and incredibly perfect read. It centers on a group of friends attending SupaCon (sort of like ComicCon…or BEA/BookCon) for the first time. The author captured the chaos and overall craziness of a big convention really well, and made the characters’ excitement palpable.

The story is told through the POV of Charlie (a Chinese-Australian bi girl with pink hair) and Taylor (fangirl extraordinaire who is autistic). The third member of the group is Jamie who is ever so swoon-worthy, sweet, kind and totally worthy of being anyone’s “book-boyfriend”. Even the supporting characters (with the exception of Reese…who I loathe) were totally awesome.

If you love pop culture, multiple fandoms, and cosplay you will LOVE this book. It is brimming over with pop cultural reference from Vampire Diaries to Felicia Day to even the GodFather. I wanted to jump into its pages and join in on all the fun of the story.

One of the great things about Queens of Geek is that Charlie’s sexuality isn’t just hinted at. The author actually writes about it, and makes it known. Charlie and Alyssa relationship is super cute. It is obvious how perfect they are for one another. It might seem a bit INSTA-LOVE, but I didn’t mind it one bit. Besides their adorable/awkward flirting, they are both very supportive to each other and I thought that was great.

Charlie and Taylor’s friendship is also another fabulous thing about this book. They each have their own issues and problems to deal with, but they are always there for one another no matter what. We need more books about girls being supportive of each other and standing up for one another.

Another favorite part of this book is watching the absurdly cute awkwardness between Jamie and Taylor as they discover how to go from friends to something more (and still remain friends).

Though this story is light, fun and super geeky, there are some major topics addressed (and addressed beautifully) in this book, such as positive body image, bisexuality, anxiety, sexism, friendship. When you finish reading Queens of Geek you are left with a sense of empowerment. It might even open your eyes about a few things and teach you something. All of this is done without sounding “preachy” or forced.

 

 “Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion. Like a blow fly that gets into the house in the middle of summer, flying around and around. You can hear it buzzing, but you can’t see it, can’t capture it, can’t let it out.”

“He’s all for equality, but he doesn’t even believe bisexuality exists.” She rubbed her fingers over the space between her eyebrows like she had a headache. “You can’t pick and choose whose equality you support. That’s not equality.”

 

Queens of Geek is a fun, and quirky read.  From beginning to end, this book was able to capture all the awesome, nerdy, geeky things I love into one fabulous story. I could not help falling in love with the story, characters and pretty much everything about it (especially that gorgeous cover).

Jen Wilde is on my list of new authors I love, and I’m looking forward to her next book. Make sure to pick up a copy of Queens of Geek, make some tea and find a comfy place to read this charming book in one sitting.

 

Thank you SwoonReads for providing me with and ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

five-stars