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Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
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Capstone Editions

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library

by Julie Gassman
Illustrated by Andy Elkerton

Have you ever thought about bringing your dragon to the library? Don't do it! You might have the best intentions, but that dragon will cause nothing but trouble. Using rhyming text and a diverse cast of characters, this charming picture book will provide some important—and some not so important—library etiquette in a very entertaining way.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level- Years
Trim Size9 x 11
Page Count32
Paper Over Board



Publishers Weekly

"Dragons may love the library, but it doesn’t love them back. There’s the whole fire-breathing thing, of course. . . .The premise might draw giggles…" - Publishers Weekly

May 30, 2016


"The vibrantly colored illustrations overflow the pages, use aerial perspectives, and accentuate the size of the dragons. It's a clever approach to proper library do's and don'ts. Kudos for including a kid in a wheelchair in the thoughtfully diverse cast. . . .The dragons are as colorful as the characters are multiracial, appearing in shades of vivid purple, blue, green, and orange polka dots. . . .This cautionary tale set in a library with dragon patrons is worth circulating." - Kirkus

May 15, 2016

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Dragons are rude, they set things on fire, they break things, all in all, there are a lot of reason why you shouldn’t bring your dragon to the library. So, why not borrow books for your dragon to enjoy at home? Excellent rules for dragon owners!" - Imagination Soup

February 7, 2017


Seattle Book Review - Josh Harrison

"The illustrations are bright, colorful, and action-packed. . . .The book promotes diversity, with two main characters of color. Readers who enjoy “Easter eggs” will get a kick out of clever image background details like the name of the library (Honalee)." - Seattle Book Review

September 1, 2016

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Just in case, you better learn all the reasons why it’s not a good idea to bring your pet dragon to the library. Better read to him at home." - Imagination Soup

March 14, 2017

Foreword Reviews - Pallas Gates McCorquodale

"Unfortunately, for all the fire-breathers out there who also love a good book, dragons and libraries just don’t mix, and Julie Gassman will tell you why in Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library, a rhyming misadventure through the shelves and story corner of a local library. Dragons and patrons are a multihued variety shown in lively illustrations from Andy Elkerton. The scene at the library is happening, even with the disruptive behemoths, and boys and girls will be inspired to check out books and story times..." - Foreword Reviews

August 26, 2016

Julie Gassman

Julie Gassman

The youngest in a family of nine children, Julie Gassman grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New York City. She now lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children.

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