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This Book Is Not About Dragons

Shelley Moore Thomas, Fred Koehler (Illustrator)


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Meet a mouse narrator who stubbornly insists that this book contains absolutely no dragons—not even a claw nor a flame nor any large, pointy scales. Readers will know better—and enjoy being in on the joke—as a flock of dragons chase the mouse to the very end of the book within the book. Suspense builds humorously as the energetic text insists there are no dragons in this book, leading to a clever, unexpected ending. Clever artwork by Fred Koehler provides fun scenes to linger on and details to discover over multiple readings.

Praise For This Book Is Not About Dragons

"A mouse's repeated and resolute denial of dragons is sorely tested by one fiery disaster after another.... Koehler creates a set of brightly colored dragons set in singed collage scenes... Dragon lovers—and all who enjoy being teased by playful disconnects between text and pictures—will be plenty happy indeed." -- Booklist

Boyds Mills Press, 9781629791685, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

About the Author

Shelley Moore Thomas is the author of several children's books, including No, No, Kitten! and the popular chapter book series Good Knight. When she isn't writing, she's teaching elementary school or playing with puppets—or both at the same time. She lives in Oceanside, California. Visit

Fred Koehler wrote and illustrated his first book, titled Archie the Shoestring, at age seven, and has been doodling and writing stories ever since. His first published picture book, How to Cheer Up Dad, was inspired by a coffee-shop standoff with his two-year-old son. He illustrated Rebecca Kai Dotlich's highly-praised One Day, The End. He lives with his two spirited kids in Lakeland, Florida. Visit