A hide-and-seek picture book from New York Times award-winning author Leo Timmers, about three silly knights and a clever dragon in disguise.
The king can't sleep for fear of the dragon, so he sends his three knights outside to find it. With only one candle between them, they go out into the dark. Is that a dragon? Attack! But every suspicious shape turns out to be something else, until the knights confidently turn for home, not noticing what's behind them.
This cleverly illustrated game-inside-a-book will have young children shouting out loud in delight as they spot the dragon hidden on every page.
With intricately detailed illustrations and joyful rhyming text, this picture book is a fun read-aloud for toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 2 years and up.
Where Is the Dragon? is an absurdly fun take on mistaken dragon identity, from the master storyteller and author of Monkey on the Run, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. Leo Timmers is one of Belgium's pre-eminent picture book artists. Translated from the Dutch edition by poet James Brown.
Picture Book Winner, Teach Early Years Awards 2021.
Other books by Leo Timmers:
Monkey on The Run
Praise for Where Is the Dragon?
"[A] beautiful, unsolvable riddle about fear, its manifestations and what it means to try to conquer what might have no intention of ever causing any harm."--The New York Times
"[A] lilting Seussian singsong, with wonderful, surprising rhymes, and little readers and their grown-ups will have a great time combining their voices and giggling through the proceedings."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Leo Timmers:
Monkey On The Run: "The silly antics of the little monkey provide forward momentum, but the details in each illustration kept calling us back for a more thorough examination." A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book 2019
Gus's Garage: "Clearly, one animal's clutter is another pig's livelihood in this buoyant, rhyming tale." The New York Times
Who's Driving?: "Belgian illustrator Leo Timmers creates a delightful play on the fable of 'The Tortoise and the Hare', which sees the hare driving a racing car." The Telegraph, Book of the Year 2020
"The king is having dreadful dragon nightmares.
He orders his three knights to go out into the dark night to save his realm--and, more importantly, to save him. The knights with their armor, their huge noses protruding from feathered helmets, some dangerous-looking metal weapons, and a single candle to light their way, are willing, if not eager, to obey. But they are operating under a severe disadvantage. They've never seen a dragon, and the king has only given them a few vague ideas about what the creatures might possibly look like. The knights take turns recounting the king's descriptions and searching the shadowy night. According to the king, dragons have thick, double-sided spikes. But wait; there is a dark shadow out there that looks just like that. With a candle to light the scene, they see a harmless bunch of long-eared rabbits sitting in a pile of carrots. And so it goes. All of Timmers' shadowy shapes fit the various descriptions suggested by the king, but each one, when lit, is something entirely benign and delightfully silly. But that final shape, dismissed by the knights, just might be the real thing. The text is translated from the original Dutch in a lilting Suessian singsong, with wonderful, surprising rhymes, and little readers and their grown-ups will have a great time combining their voices and giggling through the proceedings. Knights and king all present White.
A fun, goofy bedtime--or anytime--story."--starred, Kirkus Reviews
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