Dragons, dragons everywhere and how delightful they are. This book is imaginative and humorous, and also offers a little counting fun. While the unusually creative illustrations drive the story, the text itself also captures the spirit as well as offering a nice relationship between grandfather and grandson. Every summer George visits his grandfather who has a workshop where he carves everything, including wooden dragons. Grandfather spins tales about a huge dragon living in the mountains and when George wonders about being too old to believe in such creatures his grandfather takes him on a dragon hunt. Grandfather dons his dragon-hunting hat and off they go in a wooden boat carrying an odd assortment of gear. Grandfather misses some cluesclues readers will gleefully pick up as they follow this wonderful foray into the land of dragons. Kids will be encouraged to count the dragons appearing in the embossed illustrations, making this book even more fun to read. 2004 (orig. 2003), Sterling Publishing, Ages 4 to 7.
Carolyn Mott Ford