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WHEN OWEN’S MOM BREATHED FIRE by Pija Lindenbaum

WHEN OWEN’S MOM BREATHED FIRE

By Pija Lindenbaum (Author) , Pija Lindenbaum (Illustrator) , Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard (Translator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2006
ISBN: 91-29-66548-5
Publisher: R&S/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Young Owen has a thing for dragons, arranging a tableau of them around his morning oatmeal. He even wears a big green dragon head (with drooping red tongue) “almost always.” One morning, Owen nudges his mom, Bea, out of bed and discovers she’s turned into a big pink dragon (the same bright pink as her housecoat). Since she’s forgotten everything she knows, roles get reversed as Owen prepares breakfast and decides to take the bewildered Bea to the hospital. On the way, they stop at the zoo, where they get into a fracas with a reptile house worker. More problems ensue at the park and at the ice cream truck, Mom breathing fire and eating bugs all the while. Finally, Owen takes mom to see grandma, who has a long gray braid and peace sign earrings. She calmly advises that it’ll probably wear off in a few days . . . and it does. Mischievous touches in Lindenbaum’s watercolor illustrations perfectly match her shrewd fable, which seems to spring from the mind of her young hero. Some moms will understand perfectly. (Picture book. 4-8)