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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  28 reviews
What makes a good story? One little girl thinks it's a princess with magical powers that can—ta-da!—overcome any obstacle. Her friend thinks it's—dun dun duh!—a combination of dragons, pirates, and fire that cause total chaos. But as their stories intertwine, these two young storytellers soon learn that a good story needs both conflict—dun dun duh!—and resolution—ta-da! An ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Chronicle Books
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Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yay for imagination I guess but this was all over the place.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Two playmates or siblings try to out do each other's imaginations. Clever and fun.
Stephanie Bange
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
First-time author Davis and first-time illustrator Kaylani Juanita team up for a "Ta-da!" fun adventure that has "Dun-dun-duh!" a boy in it who enjoys putting a monkey-wrench in a young girl's imaginary playtime. No matter what obstacles or impediments the boy throws in her way, the girl rises up and turns the table on him. For example, the dragon who is breathing fire and wrecking the castle is turned into a kind dragon. The "pirate" who takes the girl and her dragon prisoner finds she casts a ...more
While it's true that many readers love stories with happy endings and might like to have everything go smoothly throughout a story, sometimes there simply has to be some conflict in order for there to be much of a story. In this picture book, a young girl and a young boy are at cross purposes during part of the book since she loves princesses and gentle things while he loves fire-breathing dragons and action. Every time there is a conflict and the boy attempts to sabotage the girl's play with hi ...more
McKenzie Richardson
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An adorable story about two fantastic pretenders and their journey to a stronger friendship. In the book, two friends play pretend. The boy tries to wreck havoc but the girl is always there with her magic wand to save the day... until the boy gets bored and plays by himself instead. Great story about playing together and sharing ideas, not just playing how you want to play.

The story itself is all over the place with dragons and magic shows, Atlanti
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing a free copy of this book!
Ta-Da!✨ Happy release week to this picture book! The main characters use the fun phrases ‘Ta-Da!’ and ‘Dun-Dun-Duh!’ to create a story. They quickly go back and forth to add more conflict and resolution to the story filled with magic and surprise! The characters use their imaginations and every day objects to create their stories. It is a nice way for the reader to learn story elements. ✨My kids loved saying the expressive phrases t
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I thought this captured the magic of children's imaginary play quite well. With regards to the story being 'all over the place' that, I thought was a perfect interpretation (or mirror) to how kid's imagination and play can sometimes land 'all over the place.'

If you've ever eavesdropped on imaginary play (and I suspect this author has) what seems unorthodox to us, makes perfect sense to them. I loved it. It was a fun read that still makes me smile! I would recommend this book, especially if your
Aaron Loeffelbein
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Super cute story about two children and their imagination that will help kids understand the concepts of conflict (dun-dun-DUH!) and resolution (Ta-Da!) in storytelling. Loved it! Hope to use it in storytime someday!
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little disjointed, because it mimics the imaginative play of two children who keep interrupting each other and constantly changing the game they're playing. But cute.
Laura Wilson
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love the imagination, but this must be what it's like inside a toddler's brain - a total hot mess of unfinished idea vomiting.
Mary Lee
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Love all the imagination, but the story needs a bit more cohesiveness.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
meh, and too confusing for little kids
Mary Ann
Love the artwork! Really looking forward to seeing more from Kaylani Juanita.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime-books
Okay, but should be read slowly so kids can examine the pictures and use their imaginations. Otherwise, it's just sort of meh.
Alyssa Gudenburr
This book reminded me of how my brother and I used to play. I would play where everything was nice and happy and he would create trouble.
Juliana Lee
I wish this was more of a story and less of a series of dun-dun-duh events followed by ta-da. The best part (for me) was that two children of different races played together.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Reminds me of a younger Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (by Kevin O’Malley.)

3.5 stars
A girl and boy use their imaginations to take a dragon on adventures!
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute story and gorgeous illustrations!
Marissa Elera
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am extremely in love with this book and can't wait to use it for storytime!
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Started out strong but became muddled with way too much happening.
Gonna be fun to do in a tag-team storytime.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ann Santori
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really dynamic illustrations and a fun story of imagination with refrains ('da da DUN'/'ta-da!') that would lend themselves really well to a group storytime read!
This is kind of like a "good news, bad news" format. I thought the book flip-flopped a little too vaguely.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, all
Two friends playing together figure out how to tell a tale that satisfies them both.
Cynthia Plesner
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Petara Monroe
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Aug 20, 2018
Laura McBride
rated it it was ok
Nov 11, 2018
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Kathy Ellen Davis is a writer, bookseller, and educator who grew up making stories with her toys. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book.
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