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A counting adventure and a race across New York City!

"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." – School Library Journal

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 Light’s 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! Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights.

Read the full School Library Journal review here

More reviews:

"East Side, West Side, all around the town, a little boy searches the streets of New York for his friendly fire-breathing dragon."

Read the full New York Times Bookshelf: Newfound Friends here

"This whimsical book will provide plenty of material for repeated readings—or, I should say, viewings, since the main appeal of this book is the illustration."

Read the full Parents' Choice Awards Review here

"Expressive line drawings fill the pages of this counting book, a love letter to the streets and sights of Manhattan...Light’s 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."

Read the full Publisher's Weekly review here

"...It is a book that keeps on giving.  The sort of book that will stick in your mind into adulthood. You might not remember what it’s called or who it’s by, but you will remember a detail, an image, a feeling of wonder, and if you ever see the book again you will be overwhelmed with nostalgia and pleasure. It’s that kind of book."

Read the full Making Them Readers review here

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