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Rita wants a Dragon

Written by Máire Zepf

Illustrated by Mr Ando

Part of the Rita Series

Early Years Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on Rita wants a Dragon

This empathetic, conversation-starting picture book will ease even the fieriest of tempers

We’re big fans of Maire Zepf’s Rita Wants books here at LoveReading4kids — who can resist her infectious imagination, her unique perspective on the world, and the way she works through life’s problems (in this case, how to handle feeling cross)?

With bold, engaging snowy scenes and a vibrant dragon conjured by Mr Ado the illustrator, this fiery, thought-provoking picture book sees Rita in a terrible mood. She’s having one of those got-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed-days, when “everything is wrong” — something everyone can relate to. Rita’s grumpy state of mind leads her to want a dragon. Like her, dragons are cross. They “roar louder than thunder” and “breathe fire, hot and angry”. Then, when they’ve roared themselves out, dragons can fly far away, somewhere they can be alone in peace. Thinking this scenario through, Rita decides she’d show her dragon how to breathe more calmly. Together they’d talk about “what had gone wrong” and snuggle up together, which is exactly what Rita and her mum do!

This is the perfect story to share with toddlers to ease dragon-like outbursts and help them communicate why they’re feeling angry or out of sorts.


The series includes;

Rita wants a Witch

Rita wants a Robot 

Rita wants a Ninja

Rita wants a Fairy Godmother 

Rita wants a Dragon

Rita wants a Genie

Find out more about the series from author Máire Zepf.

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Rita wants a Dragon Synopsis

Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with very big ideas.

When Rita gets cross she imagines she has a ferocious dragon that will make the world shudder with anger. But even the hottest tempers can be soothed and Rita’s mum knows just how.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781914079665
Publication date: 31st March 2022
Author: Máire Zepf
Illustrator: Mr Ando
Publisher: Graffeg Limited
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 36 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical

About Máire Zepf

Máire Zepf has written 12 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel. Winner of the KPMG Children’s Book of the Year, the Réics Carló Award and a White Raven in 2020, her books appear in 8 languages worldwide. The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at QUB (2017-19). She is Artistic Director for Quotidian - Word on the Street. About her series, Máire said, ‘Rita is ...

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