Review of Dragons Love from Kirkus Reviews

“The World has not always loved dragons, / but Dragons have always loved the world.” So begins this fascinating tour of stunning dragons fashioned with intricate collage. Each double-page spread showcases a dragon created by a painstaking assemblage of detailed pictorial parts of the objects it admires. Frequent rhyme and occasionally playful wording help clue readers to the myriad items used to create the mesmerizing creatures. From the organic, with flowers, hummingbirds and eggs, to the man-made, with fabric, stained glass and books, Parlato produces a series of visual masterpieces sure to delight dragon aficionados and further impress fans of The World that Loved Books (2004). A feast for the eyes best taken one picture at a time, this book could become an inspiration for exercises in creative writing, crafting or wild imagination. The only thing remiss is the book’s overall lack of flow — especially the uneven verses that make up the text. But this is a small flaw for a title that aims to encourage “big dreams still worth pursuing.” (Picture book. 5-12)

Review of Dragons Love by Publishers Weekly

Dragons Love Stephen Parlato. Simply Read (PGW, dist.), $16.95 (44p) ISBN 978-1-897476-18-5

Dramatic and surreal, Parlato’s (The World That Loved Books) dragon collages, made up of repeated and sometimes distorted images, take center stage in this work. “Dragons love flowers, their colors and perfumes,” he writes, as the corresponding spread shows a dragon composed of flaming parrot tulips and sunset-colored birds of paradise. Succeeding spreads show more dragons, their claws, snouts, wings and tails made up of rainbow hues of beetles, seashells, leaves, mushrooms—even flags of the world. The creatures recall Fabergé eggs, gilded, bejeweled and adorned with calligraphic swirls and coils. The rambling free verse is a collage, too, in which medieval-sounding expressions (“Dragons love mushrooms…. They know to choose carefully the ones they eat… lest poison be their fate”) rub shoulders with modern colloquialisms (“then [they] boogie on back to their caves”), not always to pleasing effect. There’s an inspirational quality to Parlato’s text (“And what Dragons love most of all on this Earth… are children like You, who still believe in dragons and great deeds in great need of doing”), but it largely feels incidental to the baroque richness of Parlato’s artwork. Ages 5–up. (Oct.)