Read … Recommended … 5 stars
"Dragon Stew" is a
Book of Poetry meant for 'kids' of all ages. The writer tells
us that while dragons have no written language they are responsible
for 'any work that sounds like a song or has to do with home
or country.' Domenic diCiacca lists himself as Dragon Manicurist,
hence his understanding of dragon lore.
Scotland is an ode to dragon
homeland. "Dragon Stew" begins 'I ate a chocolate-covered
dragon for lunch' Picnic Bandit tells the tale of how a dragon
made off not only with the picnic, but the picnicker as well.
Used Dragon Lot, Who wouldn't, and Vacation provide the reader
a little more insight into everyday life of dragons. Sniffles,
Keepsies, George and St George are sure to bring a smile to the
lips of the most glum. Tree Bones, Land Mine, Financial Blues,
Boosted continue the fun while Dragon Creed, Dragon Philosophy
and Dragon Proverb show a more 'serious' side. Not In California
explains why I never saw a dragon during my childhood spent there
in the state. Windstead Ecclesiastes Rose reveals why the little
fellow has hung out a sign "Smokeless dragon for hire."
He rattles when he runs in I Swallowed My Marbles. Dragonish
and Dragon Needs are meant to aide dragons in daily living. A
Present From Gus is a plea to Uncle Gus to reclaim his gift.
Barbers and Dragons, Habit, Matilda, Sweet Tooth and Late Summer
Bales keep up the festivity. The Classic American Western is
a fun poem accompanied by a great illustration. Dragon's Lament,
Etiquette, It's Alarming, Dragon Ham, Salmon Tattoo, Duck and
Dragon give us another peek into the lives of dragons. Dragon
Stomp Blues and Blueses show the musical side of dragons, Tea
and All You Ever Make round out the offerings.
On the pages of "Dragon
Stew" Writer/Illustrator Domenic diCiacca demonstrates his
expertise as he presents a glorious work meant to be enjoyed
by 'kids' from age one to one hundred. With the clever diCiacca's
often tongue in cheek, jollity filled poems and cheery illustrations
filling each of the pages; the reader is allowed opportunity
to sit back and simply enjoy the fun found in "Dragon Stew".
DiCiacca's inclination for the comical is well presented in this
wonderful little work. The book is replete with diCiaccca's graphic
renderings of dragons of every character accompanied by delightful
Scottish native DiCiacca lives
today in Missouri, USA where his family includes dogs, horses,
two cats, 'a red head,' and I suppose perhaps the occasional
dragon. Writer DiCiacca proves his versatility, humor and joy
of life in this fun filled collection of poems and accompanying
illustrations. "Dragon Stew" is not a serious, cheerless
volume filled with drear elegy, deep roundel or epic saga. "Dragon
Stew" is a perfect mix of almost sagacious, almost sedate,
almost dignified. This is a assortment of light-hearted, effervescent
poetry sure to stir the interest of the most perceptive reader
who is hoping for a pleasant afternoon read.
Enjoyed the book, happy to recommend.