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Dragons Love Tacos

(Dragons Love Tacos #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  14,067 ratings  ·  1,796 reviews
This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally ea
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 14th 2012 by Dial Books
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Sue Slade It would depend on the learning activities you were going to do with it. My son was at the end of Grade 3 when we did both of Adam's Dragon books. As …moreIt would depend on the learning activities you were going to do with it. My son was at the end of Grade 3 when we did both of Adam's Dragon books. As spin off activities for the first one we did a taco bar and his second one we made his Nana's Salsa. My son loved it.

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Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: Tim
In this book we have dragons, which is nice, but what is even better is that we also have tacos. Many tacos. So many tacos. Who doesn't like tacos?


I "read" this through Hoopla. The only versions available to me were the Read-Along and the Hoopla Movie. They're both pretty much the same thing: a narrated version of the picture book with some animated effects added to the illustrations. In some cases the screen zoomed in and out and around on the illustration to create movement, in other cases cer
Sean Gibson
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you can get past the mildly racist presumption in the title, this is a diverting educational primer on the dietary habits of lizardus massivus flameus breathus. Best when read aloud with tinier humans.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is it people, I may as well just quit reading. We've hit the pinnacle of what literature can be: Dragons Love Tacos.

Yes, yes they certainly do. You know why? Because everyone loves tacos. Especially dragons though.

The plot of this book follows a young boy, who wants to hold a taco party for dragons. The narrator informs him how to invite the dragons, what sort of things dragons like, and a warning on the dangers of spicy salsa.

This really is one of the single most amusing children's books
Jeremy West
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's a truth universally acknowledged, that a single dragon in possession of a large appetite, must be in want of hundreds of tacos. And this humorous book has more than one dragon in it, meaning many, many tacos. This light-hearted, slightly absurd dragon story makes you want to read it aloud to a bunch of children making up all sorts of weird voices for each character. If you love tacos too, this book is most definitely for you. ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, dragons
I wouldn't say this is the best book in the world, but it is probably the best book on dragons loving tacos.

The illustrations are adorable. And the premise is cute -- dragons love tacos! And taco parties! We never actually find out WHY dragons love tacos, despite the question being asked. I guess the awesomeness of tacos is so obvious that the question doesn't need an answer.

But, whatever you do, don't feed them spicy salsa! The spicy salsa thing is actually what makes me hesitant to say that th
True story: my 3-year old nephew and my (32 year old) self both got this book for Christmas last December. We were equally excited, but I confess to being a tad jealous of the fact that Malcolm got the deluxe version that came with a plushie and I only got the book.

I have always loved dragons and I especially love when they are not represented as mean menacing beasts. This book is full of adorable dragons who are friendly, like to party and eat tacos. You just have to be careful what kind of sal
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Magnificent!! Hilarious!! Also... Informative! ; ) "

^^^ The comments above were insisted upon by my son, when I read this to him at the library a few days ago. Granted, he is 16... but he was having a rough day, and on a whim, we decided to read children's books together, sitting in the rocking chairs, in the children's section of the library. This was the result.

The humor in this picture book is pure stress relief, for us, at least. This is the tale of a boy who adores dragons, and of the drag
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you love tacos? Well dragons love them too and this book gives you all the reasons why!

Book cover: This book cover is so adorable and hilarious - I can't get over all the tiny tacos!!

Thoughts: I know what you're thinking: what are you doing reading a picture book when you have a TBR pile of immeasurable size full of actual books to get to?

Well, although a grown up I may be, I have a weakness for adorable and witty picture books. And Dragons Love Tacos is a book that can be enjoyed by adults a
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harper-read
Too cute!
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Even my older kids ask me to get this book periodically because they find this and Adam Rubin's other books hysterical. ...more
Dylan Wright
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. A good mix of fantasy and practicality. Illustrations were awesome and although he has no lines the dog adds a lot to the story.
Clever, and I like both dragons and tacos, but the set-up for the surprise took too long.
Donna Backshall
"If you want to make friends with dragons, tacos are key."

So ridiculous yet so much fun. Seeing hot salsa turn the dragons into fire breathers is hilarious, and keeps young readers interested because it's so stinking silly.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
[1. Dragons--Fiction. 2. Tacos--Fiction. 3. Food habits--Fiction. 4. Humorous stories.]

Summary: Explores the love dragons have for tacos, and the dangers of feeding them anything with spicy salsa.

Boy, does it ever. Bright, cheerful illustrations of dragons and tacos. Tacos are just comedy gold, folks, and pair them with dragons who like costume parties and play charades and eat at Taco Cave and you've got a winner.

It will probably also really make you want a taco.
MissBecka Gee
I like Dragons. I like tacos.
Combine them together...

Now I want tacos...and my own Dragon BFF.
Awwww!! This was such a sweet, little picture book that I would highly recommend reading to little kids. They would love it!! Because come on who doesn’t love dragons and tacos?? 😂
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I remember seeing this earlier this year but I didn't even put it on Goodreads, that's how much of an impression it made. So when the NYTimes puts it on its Notable list, I put it on hold to look at it again. Guess what? Still not impressed. One joke stretched thin, and the illustrations and design are not adding much. ...more
Amy Yingling
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love tacos so I was thrilled to hear that dragons love tacos too! This book was cute and the illustrations are wonderful. I even got a video-recording of it from the library to watch with my kids and they all really enjoyed it! Man I really want a taco now!
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
It rained tacos all over the book.

And now I know, where do dragons get their fire from? How can they destroy your house with fire?! And why do they help rebuilding your house?!

You guessed it. Tacos!
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, humor, food, 2015
I read this at the Young Readers Center when I was supposed to be shelving. It was amazing. Read it if you like tacos, dragons, being bossy, ruining nice things, and being a human with a pulse.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I mean.... WHO DOESN'T LOVE TACOS??
Also I love the illistrations.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dragon Lovers / Taco Lovers / Readers Looking for Fun Picture-Books
A young boy prepares a taco party for a group of dragons in this humorous picture-book, as the narrator informs him (and the reader) of the draconic love for all things taco, but hatred for all things spicy. Apparently, spicy salsa will strengthen a dragon's natural tendency toward fire, leading to sparks and smoke, if ingested. This leads to some dire consequences, when the boy overlooks the newest ingredient of the 'mild' salsa he buys. Fortunately, when his guests accidentally burn down his h ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Today's audience was a group of second graders. This book combines two things kids love, dragons and tacos. Although you will want to throw a dragon taco party just make sure you don't accidentally give them spicy salsa or the results will be disastrous!

I found this book to be mildly amusing while the kids loved it. They enjoyed the story and took a lot of interest in the illustrations, especially the ones of the dragon party. I don't know if this is a book that I would want to read over and ov
Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
I can see why Dragons Love Tacos has become so popular! The book is very cute, explaining a Dragon's fire as what happens when they eat tacos with spicy salsa or peppers on them. Dragons love tacos so they eat them all the time, but if they happen to get a spicy might not want to be around.
There are a couple times in the book where the narrator asks the dragons what they think about something and they mime silly responses which brings more humor to the story. And of course this is a k
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Used this today at preschool story time.

As our state has one of the main coronavirus outbreaks, I had to "drop back and punt" at story time, nothing touchy, feely allowed at programs. So I chose all dragon books for my program. Before I read this I inquired of the adult caregivers in the audience if they were going to have any great lunches, then I proceeded to read this story. It was well received by both children and adults.

Just remember "As much as dragons love tacos, they hate spicy salsa e
Betsy Gant
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't know I needed this book in my life until tonight. I guarantee it's going to be better than you'd think if you read it with small humans. And don't forget to add voices and extra drama when reading aloud! 🌮🐉🌮🐲 ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: covergasm, childhood
I worked at a Literacy-fair today which involved me reading a lot of little kid books for my own pleasure because I had nothing to do. This was pretty adorable!
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Taj, age 5: I love this book so much cause my mom got me this book. And I love my mom. And this book is so awesome that I want to read it every night. And I love tacos with cheese, ranch, sauce that’s not spicy, and chicken.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Intended audience: preschool- kindergarten students

Adaptive book review citation:
(2012, June 1). School Library Journal.

Opening Move:
The teacher or reader will ask the following questions in an attempt to raise questions and spark students' curiosity about dragons and taco parties.

1. Who has ever eaten a taco?
2. What do you like to put on your taco?
3. What do you think a dragon would like on a taco?

The reader will provide
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I plucked this from a "Barnes & Noble recommends" shelf and read it standing up and giggling. My husband thought I was nuts. This is very cute. What was a very inventive twist is that dragons do not like hot salsa. Who would've thought? If you don't give them mild salsa for their tacos, they breathe fire and burn down your house. But then they'll feel bad and rebuild it. So it's all good. Funny drawings with a simple story. Fun for children and goofy adults. ...more
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Adam Rubin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of ten critically-acclaimed picture books, including the Those Darn Squirrels trilogy, Dragons Love Tacos, Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, Secret Pizza Party, Robo-Sauce and El Chupacabras (short-listed for the 2018 Texas Blue Bonnet award). He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day ...more

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