cover image Dragons from Mars Go to School

Dragons from Mars Go to School

Deborah Aronson, illus. by Colin Jack. HarperCollins, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-236851-5

In this sequel to Dragons from Mars, dragons Molly and Fred are not looking forward to school: “Maybe they’ve never seen dragons before. What if they’re frightened and run for the door?” With the support and company of Nathaniel, their shaggy-haired kid pal, the pair fly to school, just barely squeezing themselves through the door. But when Fred crushes a chair in the classroom, the human students make fun: “Don’t sit on the floor or you just might fall through!” When Molly and Fred stand up for themselves—sharing how “remarkable” they really are (even offering the kids “a quick trip to Mars”)—the children have a change of heart. Jack renders the dragons with inky, frayed outlines and in playful colors (Molly is pink and blue; Fred is ketchup- and mustard-hued), lending them a friendly eccentricity. A light message about kindness and acceptance. Ages 4–8. [em](June) [/em]