You Don't Want a Dragon!


By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Liz Climo

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"Silly and bright with slapstick humor…. this book's subject matter has perennialand engaginginterest."—​School Library Journal

Be careful what you wish for—​again! This follow-up to You Don't Want a Unicorn! by New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and beloved illustrator Liz Climo points out the hilarious mishaps that come with adopting a dragon.
Our protagonist wishes (much to the narrator's continued chagrin) for a pet dragon. Though initially thrilled, the kid quickly discovers that dragons aren't quite as awesome as they originally thought. From the scooting to the digging to the fire-breathing, our Kid is dismayed that they still haven't found their perfect pet. Little do they know, that pet might just be right around the corner . . .

Don't miss some of these favorite Ame Dyckman titles:
Wolfie the Bunny
Horrible Bear!
How Dinosaurs Went Extinct: a Safety Guide
You Don't Want a Unicorn!

  • Praise for You Don't Want a Unicorn!: "Climo's rainbow-bright illustrations take Dyckman's silly premise to a whole new level of absurdity.... This is a crowd-pleaser, complete with cupcake poops and rainbow burps, and...a welcoming and unobtrusive gender-nonconforming vibe."
    Horn Book
  • "Climo creates gleeful unicorn havoc ... there's a lot of mischievous fun to be had."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "The tone of the wry, bemused narrator is perfect...and the target audience will likely be eager for a repeat listen."
    Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • "Imaginative fun throughout."
  • Praise for You Don't Want a Dragon!:
    "Bite-sized bits of second-person narrative share space on roomy pages with bright, simply drawn...cartoon scenes."
  • "[T]he chaos of dragon ownership is comically clear. The tidy minimalism of the digital art makes the mess and destruction all the more alarming, and the unicorn/hamster mutants of the close are utterly irresistible."
  • "[S]illy and bright with slapstick humor [...] this book's subject matter has perennial--and enaging--interest."
    School Library Journal

On Sale
Jun 9, 2020
Page Count
40 pages

Ame Dyckman

About the Author

Ame Dyckman is the award-winning author of Wolfie the Bunny (illustrated by Zachariah OHora), Boy + Bot and Tea Party Rules, and loves writing for children so she doesn’t have to grow up. Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets, and hair bow collection.

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Liz Climo, Author and Artist

Liz Climo

About the Illustrator

Liz Climo is a cartoonist, international bestselling author and illustrator. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college, where she worked as a character artist on The Simpsons for over a decade. She is the author and illustrator of more than 15 books, including the Rory the Dinosaur series, The Little World of Liz Climo collection, and You're Mom. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Her inspiring and adorable characters can be found on her Instagram at @lizclimo.

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