Synopses & Reviews
Steve Light is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including The Christmas Giant and Zephyr Takes Flight. He lives in New York City.
"Expressive line drawings fill the pages of this counting book, a love letter to the streets and sights of Manhattan. The boy who narrates is small figure with a round head, but his dragon is a magnificent creature that loops its elaborately scaled body and sinuous neck around and through New York's architectural landmarks, always just out of the boy's field of vision. On each page, everyday city objects are picked out in one color on the otherwise black-and-white pages ('11 manhole covers'; '12 pigeons'). Vehicles, street food, and even under-the-street wiring get attention as the boy searches on. Readers can spot the dragon sailing the river like the Loch Ness monster ('It's possible he went for a swim') or posing fountainlike in the middle of the zoo's monkey cage. One neighborhood in Lower Manhattan lends itself especially well to dragon habitat; there the boy's search ends. Light's (Zephyr Takes Flight) creation will appeal to Manhattanites and those outside the borough alike. Details missed the first time through the book will bring readers back for more. Ages 2 5. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights.
In the heart of the city, among the taxis and towers, a small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend. Readers will certainly spot the glorious beast, plus an array of big-city icons they can count. Is the dragon taking the crosstown bus, or breathing his fiery breath below a busy street? Maybe he took a taxi to the zoo or is playing with the dogs in the park. Steve Lights masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with meticulous splashes of color, elevate this counting book (numbers 1-20) to new heights. Maybe the dragon is up there, too!