The Flying Dragon Room

Audrey Wood, Author, Mark Teague, Illustrator Scholastic $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-590-48193-9
Wood's (Rude Giants; Weird Parents) intentionally far-fetched yet annoyingly disconnected plot gets a vital boost from Teague's buoyant, whimsical art. His robust, full-page acrylic paintings propel the tale along at a giddy pace as Patrick offers a whirlwind tour of the busy world he has fashioned from some magical tools. They are on loan from white-haired Mrs. Jenkins, whom Patrick's parents hire to help paint their house. After a week's work, the boy proudly invites everyone for a tour of ""his new place,"" a sequence of settings that includes a garden teeming with ""creepy-crawly things,"" a chamber filled with bubble-blowing machines, a Food Room offering limitless edible treats, a gravity-defying room where the visitors can jump up and down and ""scream all you want,"" a pirate ship, and a field roamed by wild animals and a Tyrannosaurus rex. There's no real story here, just a catalogue of hackneyed but kid-obliging scenarios. Ages 4-9. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
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