WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN. By Jodi Moore. Illustrated by Howard McWilliam. For ages 5-9.

What happens when you build a perfect sand castle? A dragon moves in, of course. Jodi Moore explores youthful play and the imagination of childhood with the tale of a little boy at the beach. The boy builds the perfect sand castle, and a fiery red dragon moves in right away. Together they romp through the day, flying kites, digging moats and roasting marshmallows. When the dragon eats all the sandwiches and puts fingerprints on the brownies, his bad manners take a toll on the little boy’s fun.

Once he gets into trouble, the boy vows to never build the perfect sand castle again. Do you think that promise will last? I don’t either.

Although kids will relate to the boy and his adventures, parents may have a bigger emotional connection to this endearing tale than their children.

McGeath Freeman reviews children’s books for Lowcountry Parent magazine. To see previous reviews, go to www.lowcountryparent.com.