One Dragon's Dream

One Dragon's Dream

by Peter Pavey
     
 

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Elaborate, fanciful illustrations turn this counting book into a true adventure — and a delightful hunt for hidden clues.

ONE DRAGON HAD A DREAM
THAT TWO TURKEYS TEASED HIM . . .

Enter the strange and surreal dream world of a dragon — and pore over intricately detailed illustrations to discover a wealth of visual surprises. Each spread

Overview

Elaborate, fanciful illustrations turn this counting book into a true adventure — and a delightful hunt for hidden clues.

ONE DRAGON HAD A DREAM
THAT TWO TURKEYS TEASED HIM . . .

Enter the strange and surreal dream world of a dragon — and pore over intricately detailed illustrations to discover a wealth of visual surprises. Each spread features a number from one to ten, and each illustration embodies bountiful examples of that number, if only you can spot them all! An instant classic in Australia when it was first published in 1978, this one-of-a-kind counting book continues to enchant.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
This odd little counting book begins with one dragon preparing for bed and then with the lights out he has a bizarre dream. Two turkeys tease him, three tigers scold him, four frogs seize him, five kangaroos put a fence around him, six stern storks sentence him in their court, seven seal lions jail him, eight elephants in hot air balloons smuggle him, nine nimble numbats tie him with thread, and ten turtles tow him home. He awakes in the morning in his own bed and through his window the parade of animals is seen marching back down the road. The illustrations are crammed with details, which will either fascinate children as they identify all the items to be found on each page or turn them away as being just too busy. It is unique and imaginative as well as off beat and unconventional. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—One dragon falls asleep under his green-checked blanket and dreams of two turkeys that tease him. The odd dream continues, and an ever-increasing number of animals (three tigers, four frogs, and so on) torment the poor dragon in some way. Eventually, the hapless creature is brought into court, sentenced, and "juggled off to jail" by seven slippery sea lions. In the end, he is rescued and "towed home to bed" by a "team of ten turtles." The dragon wakes safe and sound under his cozy blanket. The spare text is enhanced by the author's imaginatively frenetic ink and watercolor illustrations. Each spread is a puzzle of random objects to be counted. As five kangaroos fence in the dragon, children can also search for five owls, five dogs, five buttons, and a plethora of other items grouped in fives on the page. Much of the imagery evokes the magical age of knights and dragons. This book is not as kid-friendly as Leo and Diane Dillon's cheerful Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose (Harcourt, 2007), but older readers may appreciate this surreal counting book's sophisticated themes and elaborate illustrations.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763644703
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Pavey, the creator of many innovative picture books, took three years to complete the intricate artwork for ONE DRAGON'S DREAM. He lives in Australia.

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