Posted by Venus on Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: April 8, 2014
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.
Although this is a book about a missing dragon, it also so happens to be a counting book going up to the number 20. Each spread highlights objects, the only color on the page, for children to count as the main character searches for his dragon. I absolutely loved the black and white illustrations with the splashes of color. It made the book feel so accessible and distinct. I also loved how the dragon with an Asian-style flair, which made sense when the dragon was found hiding in Chinatown.