Saturday, August 5, 2017

There's a Dragon in my Closet - Children's Book Review & Giveaway! (2 Winners) (U.S.) Ends 8/21

About the book:
There’s a Dragon in My Closet tells the funny and engaging tale of a little boy who blames sweet surprises and mischievous behavior on an invisible, mysterious guest only he knows exists: the friendly, goofy, trouble making dragon that lives in his closet. Readers will appreciate the warm, loving relationship between the little boy and his dragon, as well as between the boy and his mother: a nurturer who gives her son space to let his imagination soar. The appearance of the dragon, big and powerful yet vulnerable, is a precious reveal that will leave readers rooting for the friendship and wondering if the animal is truly a figment of the little boy’s imagination.

There’s a Dragon in My Closet, lushly illustrated by renowned fine artist Charly Palmer, is a fitting picture book in the debut year of Denene Millner Books, as it fulfills the line’s mission to highlight the everyday stories of black children and families beyond the typical civil rights movement stories and slave narratives that dominate the genre. While the book’s themes of friendship and imagination are universal, There’s a Dragon in My Closet celebrates the humanity and everyday wonder of a character from a group that rarely finds space in children’s picture books: black boys.

Renowned fine artist Charly Palmer’s colorful illustrations bring to life Dorothea Taylor’s crackling prose, celebrating a little boy who blames sweet surprises and mischievous behavior on a mysterious guest only he thinks exists: the friendly, goofy, trouble making dragon in his closet. This inventive and engaging story highlights:

• The wonder of friendship and the power of imagination

• The importance of playful mischievousness on childhood development

• A lush, colorful, all-too-rare main African American male character reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats’s Peter

Charly Palmer is a nationally recognized fine artist whose work is in private and public collections, including the McDonald’s Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, and Vanderbilt University.

"There’s a Dragon in My Closet is a hilarious and heartwarming salute to mischievous little boys and the imaginary friends who find giggles and create a few pickles on the most ordinary days." Dorothea Taylor runs an award-winning design studio, T.P. Design Inc.

My Review:
"There's a Dragon in My Closet" is a cute children's book with rhyming words, which makes it even cuter! I really like that the little boy in the book has brown skin, that's what my children call black people, or African Americans if you want to get technical. But I've said that a few times to people with brown skin, and they've personally told me that they aren't from Africa, nor are their descendants. Some of them are from England, America, and so on.

The little boy in the story has quite an imagination. As he has a dragon in his closet for sure! His dragon does naughty things, including eating a whole jar of cookies! That's when his mom grabs his hand and takes him upstairs to see if there really is a dragon in his closet! I will let you purchase the book to find out what happens!


Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form for a chance to Win your own copy of "There’s a Dragon in My Closet" children's book (2 Winners)! Giveaway is open to residents who live in the main 48 Continental United States only, 18 years of age or older. Sorry, no P.O. Boxes. Giveaway ends 8/21/2017.

Disclosure: I received one copy of "There's a Dragon in my Closet" in exchange for my review and giveaway post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.


  1. My favorite is The Reluctant Dragon.

  2. "What's your favorite Dragon story?" I read one or more books by E. Nesbit on dragons years ago!

  3. I am not sure I have a favorite. Pete's Dragon is the only one I can think of.

  4. My granddaughters like How to Train your Dragon

  5. Eragon is one of my favorite dragon stories.


  6. Dragons Love Tacos is a great dragon story :)

  7. I don't have a favorite dragon story, sorry

  8. I like Dragons Love Tacos. My son thinks its a funny book.

  9. My favorite Dragon story is Dragons Are Real.

  10. wow i cant remaber that far back but i love moves like pette dragon


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