Dragons Are the Worst by Alex Willan

Hello, Gilbert the Goblin! I know you keep a very busy schedule. I’m grateful you could find a moment to chat with me about your forthcoming picture book, Dragons Are the Worst! Why exactly are dragons the worst?


Gilbert: How are dragons not the worst?! They are just a bunch of overgrown lizards that fly around like they own the place. And don’t get me started on the whole fire-breathing thing. It’s like, we get it, Dragons, you have really hot breath, and because of that, I now have to replace what was a perfectly good umbrella. Now, I know what you are going to say…Dragons are sooooo scary. But I’m here to tell you that goblins are just as scary as any dragon.

While I may have been a little off base before regarding unicorns, you can believe me when I tell you that dragons are truly,100%, no doubt in my mind, the WORST!


Please finish the following sentence starters:

Dragons are the Worst’s endpapers are covered in dragon scales. As if there is anything scary about scales. Fish have scales, but you don't see me cowering in fear because of a fish…..Well there was that one time, but in my defense that fish had very menacing eyes.

Alex Willan is the Worst! Just kidding. Did you know that Goblins have an excellent sense of humor? For instance, knock knock.

Who’s there?

A goblin.

A goblin who?

A goblin who is really good at telling jokes! Man, that one never gets old. Wait, what was the question? Oh right, Alex, yeah, he’s not so bad.


Mr. Schu, you should have asked me if I could teach you my spell for turning candy into spiders. Which I would have been happy to, but like you said before, I’m really very busy and should be getting back to my important goblin work.

Well, I hope you'll teach me that spell the next time we chat. Have a wonderful day! Thank you, Gilbert (and Alex)! 


Alex Willan grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was seldom seen without his sketchbook in hand. His love of drawing led him to earn a BFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Alex has exhibited in art galleries and has painted murals, theater sets, and squirmy kids’ faces, but his true love has always been children’s books. He lives in Chicago with his dog, Harley. 


Look for Dragons Are the Worst! on September 7, 2021. 

Simon and Schuster's Description: 

Gilbert the Goblin is absolutely, definitely, one-hundred-percent certain that dragons are the worst.

They burn down everything in sight and they hoard all the gold. They melt every ice cream cone within a mile radius, and everyone is afraid of them. But really, it’s the dragons who should be afraid of Gilbert and his tremendous goblin power!

…right?

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