Elvira CL

Margaret Shannon, Author, Margaret Shannon, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $13.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-395-66597-8
Taunted by her peers, gentle Elvira dislikes fighting other dragons and gobbling up princesses. She prefers the shockingly princess-like activities of making daisy chains, devising pretty outfits and preening over herself. So Elvira goes to live ``where dresses and daisy chains are appreciated''--with the princesses, who lavish her with clothes and beauty treatments. Returning home, Elvira makes peace with the other dragons, refining their sartorial tastes but not, alas, their dietary habits. The story's message, that it's okay to be different, is quite happily exemplified in first-time author Shannon's own unique brand of humor. One of the funniest illustrations shows two dragons hunkering down with a basket of blonde princesses, popping the screaming damsels into their mouths like bonbons. Even at their most menacing, though, the dragons remain essentially goofy and gleeful, thanks to the well-honed comic sense informing both Shannon's watercolors and her text. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/02/1993
Release date: 08/01/1993
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Other - 978-0-613-13494-1
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-395-78045-9
Prebound-Sewn - 1 pages - 978-0-606-08738-4
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