Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Review ~ "Don't Judge a Lizard by His Scales" by Dan Dugi

Don't Judge a Lizard by His ScalesDon't Judge a Lizard by His Scales by Dan Dugi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (received to review)
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Book Description:  Everyone knows that lizards eat flies, but Bli the Fly and Danny the Wizard Lizard are willing to put their differences aside to become the best of friends. 

Danny the Wizard Lizard goes on a fly-free diet as he sets out to prove that he is not like all the other lizards. During their quest for friendship, Danny the Wizard Lizard and Bli the Fly encounter the Lousy Lizard Gang, a no-good group of bullies. Danny the Wizard Lizard gives the first glimpse into why he is a Wizard Lizard by exhibiting special powers to stop the bullying that goes on at the movie theater. Witnessing his heroic act, Bli the Fly’s mother, Mrs. Fly, realizes that she misjudged this lizard, and Bli the Fly gets her first lesson in giving second chances.

Don’t Judge a Lizard by His Scales, Book One in The Principle Gangseries by Dr. Dan and Bli Dugi, delivers lessons in anti-bullying, prejudice, and the value of friendships. The Principle Gang series introduces the foundational principles that guide families, relationships, and communities.

My thoughts: Bli the Fly and Danny the Wizard Lizard are on opposite ends of the food chain. Even though this is a a problem that is hard to overcome, Danny and Bli want to be friends and have fun together.

When a gang of bully lizards show up, Danny stands up for his friend. That is a great lesson for kids to learn, help out the child being bullied. Kids are often afraid when that situation occurs, to see someone else (even fictional) taking a stand gives them courage to do the same.

There is another great message in this picture book,even though someone is different from you, it's good to give them a chance and become friends. The illustrations are my favorite part of the book. They are well done and interesting to look at.

There were a couple of sections that I didn't feel were explained very well in the book.  It may be that it was left for the readers imagination.

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