|Gorgeous concept book, Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light|
Have You Seen My Dragon? Written and illustrated
by Steve Light
Ages 3-6, 48 pp.
Concept, Counting, Colors
Have you seen my dragon?
No? I will look for him.
A boy asks the doorman of his apartment building where to find his lost dragon. The boy then searches all of New York City for his missing dragon, though readers will find the dragon on every spread. As the boy searches, he notices other aspects of the city, and so the book additionally becomes both counting book and color primer. At last the boy finds his dragon in a most fitting location.
What I Love:
Every inch of the every page is covered with black and white ink drawings of the minutiae of city life. This is the kind of book I loved to pore over as a kid. The dragon is not hidden as in Where's Waldo, but that doesn't make this book any less of a game. The boy counts from one to twenty as he travels to each new location: 2 hot dogs, 3 buses, 4 sailboats, etc. The artist highlights those objects with color — the only color in the book. A simple yet lovely new take on traditional concept books.
|Okay, nobody's going to make|
this crazy-complicated dragon snack
from ArtOfNutrition, but it sure is awesome!
2. Check out Steve's newest book, Swap! It uses a similar style: black-and-white with limited color, but in a fascinating new way. You can read about it at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
3. Here's a photo of a much less complicated dragon made of cupcakes.
4. CassArt has gorgeous and kid-friendly ideas for starting a sketchbook like author/illustrator Steve's.
5. I highly recommend Ed Emberley's drawing books and his website for fun and easy drawing lessons (for dragons and everything else) for ALL ages.
6. Mommy Poppins lists 40 fun activities for kids for your next staycation to New York City.
7. Check out these and more Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
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