A surprising combination propelled author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri to children's book fame.
That combination was dragons and tacos, the inspiration for their 2012 book "Dragons Love Tacos." Now, they are on to the sequel.
“My dad had a statue on his desk that always looked like a dragon eating a taco to me,” explained Rubin in an interview with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. “here’s some twisted logic that makes sense that dragons would love tacos.”
The title of their new release, "Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel," is very explicit that it is the second book. Initially, they were hesitant to write a sequel because as Rubin put it, with the first book, they had captured “lightning in a bottle.”
“In entertainment, whether in books or movie, people just do the same thing again and it’s not as good as the first one,” said Rubin.
Salmieri interjected, “Like, ‘Dragons Love Thanksgiving.’”
And Rubin continued, “Or, ‘Dragons Love Nachos.’ ‘Dragons love Burritos’… It did take a little bit of a leap to figure out a story that was worth telling in that same universe.”
This time, tacos have gone extinct, and the dragons must time travel to undo this horrible fate.
Rubin and Salmieri will be at Little Shop of Stories this Friday at 5 p.m., talking about dragons and tacos. There will be tacos present.