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Youve Got Dragons PB
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You’ve Got Dragons

by Kathryn Cave
illustrated by Nick Maland

Worries, fears, and anxieties are all dragons that sneak up on most of us at one time or another.

Lots of people get dragons. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of. So what can a young boy with a bad case of the dragons do? He can pretend they are not there, or that they are really quite harmless. Hugs from his mom help. Looking his dragon straight in the eye at least once every day helps even more. But most reassuring of all is the reminder that dragons don’t stay forever.

Kathryn Cave’s lighthearted writing style and illustrator Nick Maland’s appealing pen-and-ink drawings exaggerate the humor of the text without minimizing the seriousness of the underlying themes. It is the perfect read-aloud story for young children whose fears can sometimes get the better of them.

Format: Paperback
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-171-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-7/8 ̎ x 9-5/8 ̎
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 2.9
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 520L
Themes: Anxiety, Fear, Metaphor, Worry
BISAC 1: JNF053050 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 2: JNF044000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Psychology
BISAC 3: JNF053230 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Depression & Mental Illness


“This excellent metaphor for the fears and worries of every child (and adult) is accompanied by relentlessly cheerful illustrations in fine line and rosy washes of color. Even the dragons themselves, though fearsome, are kind of pastel. A great choice for the walking worried.” ―Booklist

“Toothy but disarmingly tubby dragons stand in for childhood worries in this light-toned bit of therapy.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A wonderfully written story of empowerment to share with any child whether they have experienced loss, trauma or are just struggling with fears or worries of any kind. You’ve Got Dragons encourages the reader to acknowledge their feelings and offers validation―something that is so important for us all but can easily be overlooked. This book is truly a staple for any personal or professional library.” ―Nicole Wilbur, MSW, LMSW, Co-Owner of the Self Esteem Shop, Medical and School Social Worker

“Full of acknowledgement, simple and effective advice, and peppered with humor, this outstanding book addresses how our fears and worries can sometimes overwhelm and consume us while providing assurance that someday those dragons will go away.” ―”Books to Borrow, Books to Buy”

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Meet the Author

Kathryn Cave is the author of many books for children, including Henry Hobbs, You’ve Got Dragons, and Many Happy Returns, which was named one of the best books of the year in 1986 by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Her book Something Else was the recipient of the UNESCO Award in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kate Greenaway Award. She lives in England.

Meet the Illustrator

Nick Maland is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He has collaborated with author Kathryn Cave on three books: You’ve Got Dragons, The Brave Little Grork, and The Boy Who Became an Eagle. He lives in England.