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Virtual Book Tour Roar-Choo!


Roar-Choo: Book Giveaway



Written by Charlotte Cheng

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.



This delightful story shows how characters, and readers, can acknowledge their need for self-care and the time to just slow down and heal. Dragon is determined to keep going despite a dreadful cold and the powerful sneezes that it brings. Phoenix tries hard to offer good advice and helpful items like soup, a scarf, and a blanket. The pressure to continue inspiring others with bravery prevents Dragon from listening, until Phoenix begins to sneeze, too. At last Dragon takes the time to be a supportive friend and rest and recuperate with Phoenix.

Dan Santat’s pencil and watercolor illustrations do an amazing job of showing Dragon’s powerful body, Phoenix’s fiery plumage, and the disastrous results of an ill-timed sneeze. (Human noses may feel like they are burning from constant sneezing and sniffing, but dragons have the real thing!) Beautiful details like the porcelain bowl that holds “simmering bone broth soup,” the tea set Phoenix uses, and the pagoda style roof of the building in the background all add to the authentic presentation of the story.

Charlotte Cheng offers insight into the story through her author’s note. “The Dragon and the Phoenix are centuries-old symbols found in Chinese mythology. The Dragon is usually known for its strength and bravery. The Phoenix is usually known for its grace and generosity. Separately, they bring good luck and hope to people…I chose to write this story without pronouns in the hopes that more people can see themselves in this dynamic relationship.”

This is the perfect story to share with a loved one who is feeling under the weather and needs some encouragement, and maybe some snuggling - just like Dragon and Phoenix share when they both finally rest.
When I was a kid, my parents signed me up for the Weekly Reader Children's Book Club. One of the books I received was The Laughing Dragon by Kenneth Mahood. It was a favorite that I read again and again. I think that was probably the start of my love for dragons. This book is sure to have a new generation of readers smitten with dragons and phoenixes.


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.


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This post is sponsored by Charlotte Cheng. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

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