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Great beach read

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Families can enjoy a day at the beach without needing to slather on the sunscreen with the new, hardcover book “When a Dragon Moves In.”

This humorous and endearing tale of friendship quickly engages its 4- to 8-year-old target audience — and their parents — from the moment author Jodi Moore writes, “If you build a perfect sand castle, a dragon will move in.”

The comedy ensues when the imaginative little boy tries to introduce his distracted parents to his new fire-breathing sidekick. The outlandishness of his attention-grabbing stunts — drawn in vibrant color by Howard McWilliam — increases as his frustration mounts.

Moore’s story has a moral for the parents, too, serving as a reminder to busy moms and dads to take a moment to enjoy their own kids before their childhood — and magical sidekicks — go out with the tide.

“When a Dragon Moves In” by Jodi Moore, $16.95. For info, visit www.flashlightpress.com.

Updated 7:08 pm, October 28, 2016
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Jodi Moore from Imagination :) says:
I can't thank you enough for this lovely review of WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN! I don't know if you already knew this, but the story was written right after our two sons left for college and my husband and I went to the beach - for the first time in a long time - by ourselves, overcome with Empty Nest Syndrome. Needless to say, your line about taking a moment to enjoy one's kids before their childhood goes out with the tide brought me to tears (but in a good way - lol!) Dragon love & many hugs, Jodi :)
Aug. 2, 2011, 10:41 am

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