- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: AD380L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (April 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763666483
- ISBN-13: 978-0763666484
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Have You Seen My Dragon? Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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—The Wall Street Journal.
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'The combination of a strong-willed girl and imaginative art that soars makes this one a worthy choice.'
—School Library Journal.
'As he did in Have You Seen My Dragon? (2014) and Have You Seen My Monster? (2015, both Candlewick), Light brings his exceptional talent and clever storytelling to young pirate lovers and fans of all things nautical. Several pages of sequential panels assist the minimal text in telling this engaging story of ingenuity and resilience. A fun-filled swapfest for salty dogs and landlubbers alike.'
—School Library Journal (starred review).
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This unique counting book will be a hit with children who love looking at finely detailed illustrations and searching for hidden items on each page. A boy has lost his dragon and asks the building doorman if he has seen him. The spread shows one large green dragon in a fancy apartment building. When the doorman answers, "No," the boy goes looking for him all throughout the city. "Maybe he got hungry and stopped for a hot dog," he thinks. But even as he buys a hot dog of his own, he doesn't see the dragon hiding and eating one himself. That's two. He passes three purple busses, but doesn't see the dragon. Four blue sailboats raise the possibility that he went for a swim in the river. And so it goes, up to 20, when the boy finds him "right where I left him," hiding on the roof near 20 red paper lanterns. The book is illustrated in pen and ink in a picture-book style that is reminiscent of the late 1950s to early 1960s. The drawings are produced in black ink only, except for the highlighted object on each page. A map on the endpapers outlines the route the boy takes throughout the city. All in all, an excellent offering.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
A dragon is on the loose in New York City, but rather than inciting terror, he provides an opportunity for a gentle quest and counting game. Light (Zephyr Takes Flight, 2012) takes readers on a tour of lower Manhattan with a little boy as he travels from spot to spot looking for his escaped pet. Hiding behind a potted plant and going nose-to-nose with a poodle, gobbling down a hot dog, or making his way through the water system, the dragon eludes the boy all the way from 1 dragon to 20 red lanterns in Chinatown. Drawn with a fountain pen, Light’s distinctive illustrations have a bold, thick line and deep texture and are highlighted with dashes of color to help identify objects to count. His cityscapes capture the bustle of New York City, and children will have as much fun exploring the city as they do trying to spot the sneaky dragon hidden within. A rough map of the city serves as the book’s endpapers, so little eyes can follow along. Preschool-Grade 2. --Jesse Karp
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Upon opening the package I was stunned with how beautiful it was; green foil lettering for the title and the dragon on the front cover, pen and ink illustrations with highlights of color on each page, and take off the dust jacket to see more (the black on green is just awesome!).
First, I read the book by myself (three times!). There is so much to look at in the illustrations, so many details. I loved the maps on the endpapers! Then, I read it to my six-year-old and three-year-old sons. They loved counting the items, and finding the dragon and the boy on each page. They got more involved as we got deeper into the book -- they wanted to count all the items all the way to 20!
I was not disappointed with this book! It was everything I expected and more!