Roar-Choo! -- Book Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am working with The Children's Book Review and Charlotte Cheng to bring you this review and giveaway.

Have you ever felt like you were getting sick but needed to keep getting things done? Or perhaps you have a child who doesn't slow down even though he/she is obviously getting sick? Today's book is perfect for this situation. It is a fun picture book about a dragon who is getting sick but doesn't want to quit. The book is Roar-Choo! by Charlotte Cheng and illustrated by Dan Santat.

About the Book:

Roar-Choo! Written by Charlotte Cheng and Illustrated by Dan Santat

Ages 4+ | 40 Pages | Publisher: Rocky Pond Books | ISBN-13: 9780593531754

Publisher’s Synopsis: Patient, peaceful Phoenix tries to take care of rambunctious and cold-ridden Dragon, which leads to hilarious and sweet results (with vibrant illustrations by the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Beekle).

Everyone knows that dragons are fierce, capable of taking on the world!

But this dragon can’t stop sneezing long enough to get a roar out. Even with friendly Phoenix insisting that Dragon get some rest, this powerful creature refuses to stop for any orange ginger tea or a drop of bone broth soup.

It’s only when Dragon realizes Phoenix has caught the same cold that they are both able to take the break they so badly need. This tale of helping your friends and valuing differences is a sure-thing for story time.



Charlotte Cheng’s writing credits include Night Market Rescue, Explore China: A Mulan Discovery Book and BoBo Loves Dumplings, and she has illustrated the picture books Silly McGilly and A Moment in Time. In the field of education, she has written and illustrated K-12 curriculum for a variety of companies such as LeapFrog, Disney, and Wonder Workshop. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

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Dan Santat is the National Book Award-winning, Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the middle grade graphic memoir A First Time for Everything. His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.

From Me:

This is just a fun book! Dragon is trying to be well, a dragon. He wants to be fierce and frightening. He wants to soar and take over the world. However, every time he roars it turns into a sneeze. Phoenix keeps trying to get the dragon to rest, drink tea, have soup, etc. Dragon however doesn't want to quit. After all he is a dragon. 

The dragon and phoenix are drawn in a Chinese style. The book is so fun for anyone who loves dragons or for the kid who doesn't like to quit or slow down when he/she gets sick. The phoenix is the voice of reason and in my opinion, the parent. I love that it is two mystical creatures as the characters in the book.

The dragon wants to keep on being fierce and scaring the world, but his sneezes are getting worse and worse. The phoenix is trying to get the dragon to rest and take care of himself. The words are fun, and the illustrations are beautiful. As a mother it is conversation that sounds a bit familiar. As a high school teacher the words especially sound familiar. Even after the pandemic we have to remind students to stay home when sick or at least mask up. 

I can imagine young children laughing at the interchange between the dragon and phoenix and at the sneezes. I think this would be a great book to read aloud to one child or a group. I can definitely see it becoming a favorite for some kids. For older kids it would be interesting to discuss the Chinese culture in the illustrations. As you can see in the illustration above there is a traditional Chinese house. I hope you will check it out.


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