Have You Seen My Dragon?

Have You Seen My Dragon?

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763666484
0763666483
Characteristics: 42 unnumbered pages : ill. ; 25 x 28 cm

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skyekilaen
Sep 07, 2016

If you've ever been to New York City, or you like art, you need to see this book! There isn't much plot, because it's pitched for very young readers, but my six-almost-seven year old got a kick out of finding the dragon's hiding place on each page. I just couldn't get over the amount of detail that Light put into each set of pages. I want to thank him and get him an ice pack for his drawing hand.

LPL_DanC Mar 24, 2016

Steve Light's "Have You Seen My . . . " picture book series is amazing. They have a look and feel somewhere between contemporary coloring books for grown ups and Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon series, and some great conceptual material is embedded, as well. Also, if your kids are into maps on inside covers depicting the story's journey, these are unmatched.

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MichelleBees
Sep 20, 2015

huge favorite in our house. has been shared with both grandmothers too - a sign of a great book!

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nbarai
Jun 23, 2015

I love the illustrations, and my daughter enjoys this book too. She loves finding the dragon on every page and the fact that she is familiar with many of the things highlighted on the page makes it more fun.

LMcShaneCLE Jun 20, 2015

This is the perfect picture book - charming illustrations that enliven a young mind.

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courtws
Apr 17, 2015

Counting book, 1-20, with neat illustrations but a weak story line; I give the images a 4 star and story a 1 so that averages out to a 2.5 star.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 16, 2014

A riot of miniscule details, numbers, colors, familiar city elements, and a magnificent, fantastic creature always hidden in plain sight, Light gives us a city dragon worth remembering long after the pages are turned.

forbesrachel May 12, 2014

A little boy has lost his dragon. So, begins his long search through the vast city. Up high, down low, everywhere he goes shows no sign. Even in places where you might expect to find a dragon, he has no luck. This straightforward tale unexpectedly turns out to be not only a simple seek and find type, but a counting book as well. Only numbered objects are represented in colour. The rest of the page is full of incredibly detailed ink creations with a skewed perspective that showcases multiple layers of the city. Each scene features the dragon, hidden from the boy in some clever place, but in one that is easy for children to notice. Simple text lets the reader focus on taking in all the sights. Kids will enjoy the interactive aspects of counting, and will eagerly point out the dragon in a storytime.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 16, 2014

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 5

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 16, 2014

You would think it would be difficult to mislay a dragon. You would be wrong. When our story begins a young boy is asking a doorman whether or not he’s seen his dragon. “No? I will look for him.” Never you mind that if the boy merely turned his head 90 degrees to the left he’d see his ginormous pet sniffing an understandably wary pup. From here it’s a race across the city. Everywhere the boy goes the numbers go up. The dragon perches atop a hot dog stand where they are selling “2 Hot dogs”. It peers down from a roof at the “3 Buses” below. It gets a quick drink from one of the “5 Water towers.” On the endpapers you can see the circuitous path the dragon takes through a slightly compacted lower Manhattan until, at last, the boy spots him in Chinatown, smiling widely from between the “20 Lanterns”.

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