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Again!    by Emily Gravett order for
by Emily Gravett
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Simon & Schuster, 2013 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

How often have you finished a favorite story only to have your child shout out, 'Again!'? Certainly that's not an uncommon occurrence in many households where reading aloud is a nightly ritual. Of course, around bedtime the request can often be a ploy to extend the reading session and put off the inevitable lights out moment.

That's the premise behind this delightful, humorous picture book about a little dragon who loves to hear a story about an awesome red dragon named Cedric. When Mama Dragon finishes the story Little Dragon bellows 'AGAIN!'

You'll notice that as she repeats the story it gets shorter and shorter, plus the content is altered to fit the situation. Also note what's happening within the story's illustrations because they reflect the situation. The outcome of this is as bit surprising and quite humorous as well. Little Dragon's demands become so strident that he does something quite unexpected that cleverly alters the book itself.

You'll have fun reading this story to your little dragon and, who knows? Perhaps you can turn the ending into some type of object lesson ... or not!

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