The Dragon Wagon

Children - Social Issues
36 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2019
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Author Biography

A.B. Writings is an Instructional Designer by profession and has designed and developed many hours of adult learning curriculum over the past years. Totally engaged with the designing and the developing processes, A.B. is now focusing on the creation of entertaining materials that allow the imagination to run free. A.B. Writings also participates in the local public school system’s Reading-to-Succeed program which helps in developing children’s critical reading skills in the primary grades.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Dragon Wagon is a social issues picture book for children written by A.B. Writings and illustrated by Oyeplot. Duff and Dahlia were out walking when they encountered a dragon. Now, that’s not an everyday sighting to be sure, but this dragon was even more special because it was sitting in a red wagon. The dragon did not breath fire or puff out flames; he just sat in that wagon. Duff and Dahlia noticed that the tires of the wagon were all cracked and broken. They weren’t quite sure what they should do. Should they try to wheel him around in his wagon? Should Duff perform a magic trick and turn that dragon into a sheep? After giving the matter a lot of intense thought, Duff and Dahlia finally decided on the perfect course of action.

The Dragon Wagon teaches kids to accept others as they are, without changing them or feeling that they have to make up special rules or techniques for dealing with others who may seem different. Simply saying hi and becoming friends can be the answer to any situation -- even when encountering a dragon in a wagon. I loved the elegant simplicity of this modern-day fable as the two children begin to become aware that their dragon visitor has feelings and could even cry. Oyeplot’s illustrations are marvelous. They are bright and boldly colored, and they make that dragon shine splendidly. Parents and caregivers should make sure to go to the page entitled Discussion Questions to keep the narrative going. While a superb selection for story time, this book is also suitable for first-time readers to try on their own. The Dragon Wagon is most highly recommended.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

The Dragon Wagon by A. B. Writings is a story of friendship. Duff and Dahlia go on an adventure. They see a strange sight, a dragon in a wagon. Drawing closer, they notice the wheel is broken. Although the dragon looks rather strange stuck in the wagon, he is not scary. What should they do? Duff begins to think of ways to pull the disabled wagon. Maybe a superhero or a magician could do the trick? While Duff thinks, Dahlia decides to pull the wagon up the hill. She soon realizes the dragon is too heavy for her to pull by herself. Duff and Dahlia decide to work together to help the dragon. In the end, Duff and Dahlia realize that when you work together things turn out for the best.

A. B. Writings taps into the comical imaginings and reasoning power of a child in The Dragon Wagon. This is a resourceful fable written for young children, particularly for those three to nine years old. Appealing to the curious nature of children, the story includes relatable child characters, superheroes and magic, a clown, a dragon, and adventurous play. The colorful illustrations follow along nicely with the storyline, highlighting the written descriptions. Life for children is often awkward, especially when they are faced with new people, strange places and unusual sights. The young characters in the story have different approaches to solving a problem. Yet, they learn the importance of teamwork, and also how to interact with those who are different than them, making them the real heroes. To support these valuable lessons, Writings includes a short list of discussion questions at the end.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Duff and Dahlia are going for a walk when they happen upon a dragon sitting in a little red wagon with a black handle and a broken wheel. They sense the dragon needs help, but they’re not quite sure what to do. They decide to try pulling and pushing the wagon up the hill. With a broken wagon, filled with a big dragon, that is a difficult task. They finally decide to make friends with the dragon in the hopes that the dragon will play with them. And, perhaps, leave the broken little red wagon behind.

A.B. Writings' very colorful picture book story, The Dragon Wagon, is a clever way to introduce young readers to certain social skills, like simply introducing themselves before deciding how to deal with someone new to their group. Young readers will also learn about acceptance of everyone else’s differences and being inclusive in all their fun activities. When Duff and Dahlia discuss the problem of the dragon in the wagon, the two children are learning to work together to solve a problem, only to find out what they really should do is introduce themselves to the dragon and discuss the situation with the dragon.

The colorful illustrations help move the story along. Some of the story is told in rhyming verse; some of it is written in first person plural, while the rest is presented in the third person. Problem-solving is a difficult skill to teach young people, but this is an interesting way to open up the possibilities to young readers, complete with discussion questions at the end.