Published May 2nd 2017 by Dial Books
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Listen, don’t freak out, but I have some terrible news: There are no tacos left anywhere in the entire world! That’s a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. We’ve got to do something! I know, let’s fire up that time machine in the garage and go back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then we can grab lots of tacos and bring them back with us. Just be sure you don’t grab any tacos with spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time…
I was vaguely aware of the hoopla that Dragons Love Tacos received when first published, but it wasn't until I actually sat down and read the book and Dragons Love Tacos 2, that I realized how delightful the series is.
Rubin brings us back to the dragons, who are now facing a taco shortage. But thanks to a time machine, they're able to try and go back to prevent this calamity, before it happens...
What's great about the sequel, is that it doesn't try too hard to connect itself to the original book. Often times, books that do try - see the second Crayons book - doesn't work. Instead, Rubin focuses on the concepts of the first book that worked, and brings them into an entirely new environment with snappy, quick detail.
There are also elements of Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs involved, as the dragons try and figure out how to address the shortage. Their responses are quick and savvy, and will make kids roar with laughter. With the art being as spot-on as before, there is no way that this isn't a winner.
Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author/illustrator:
Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically acclaimed picture books, including Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full-time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping, and magic tricks.
Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including Secret Pizza Party and the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene...), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.