My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon
My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon
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Annotation: The day a young boy loses his mother, an invisible dragon swoops in and stays with him, weighing him down day and night until, at last, their relationship changes.
Catalog Number: #194075
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Sounds True
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Sif, Birgitta,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-683-64184-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-683-64184-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018047849
Dimensions: 26 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
The weight of profound loss looks just like a dragon as it sits atop a grieving child."Have you ever seen an invisible dragon?" the unnamed narrator asks, describing how just such a creature came one day out of the blue and changed everything—making it hard to get out of bed, casting heavy shadows, ignoring tantrums and attempts to bargain. Gradually, though, the dragon takes leave for ever longer intervals, and, at last, after a day in the park with a friend and then an eighth birthday party, even when present it seems less oppressive. The nature of the loss is never directly mentioned, but the narrator remarks that "We had to get used to movie night without her famous peanut brittle popcorn," as the child snuggles disconsolately with a sad-looking adult, and Sif leaves further hints in glimpses of an open photo album and an extra apron in the kitchen. The semitransparent, cartoonish dragon never looks threatening; by the end it has not vanished but shrunk down to a manageable size. Finally, pointing out that the initial question about seeing an invisible dragon was silly, the child closes with a wonderfully perceptive insight: "You can never see one by looking straight at it. You have to look at the person underneath." The white-presenting child is never gendered.Both sensitive and sensible: If some dragons can't be vanquished, with time and help they can be borne. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

When a young boy loses his mother, an invisible dragon swoops in and perches on top of his head. A most unwelcome guest, the dragon follows him to school, sleeps on his chest at night (making it hard for him to breathe), and even crashes his birthday party. As the boy comes to terms with his mother's death, however, his relationship with the dragon changes in surprising ways. My Big, Dumb, Invisible Dragon is a story for children dealing with loss, particularly the death of a parent. Although grief is a heavy topic, Angie Lucas and Birgitta Sif handle it deftly for children, using the metaphor of the dragon, a light tone, and touches of humor. The book shows that healing takes time and that it's OK to experience a wide range of emotions as you process a really big loss.

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