May/June 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Everything David LaRochelle publishes is pure gold — but this! This could be the funniest, most charming, most captivating counting book ever! I laughed out loud, I got a little worried, and I cheered at the end.”
— Kathy Adams, Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN
"A nonstop dragon party . . . Irresistible." —Publishers Weekly
This wacky counting adventure by Geisel Award-winning author David LaRochelle is a hilarious ode to dragons and math, with pitch-perfect art by Lian Cho.
High on a mountain live 100 mighty dragons all named Broccoli. When a tremendous wind blows half the dragons away, ten others sail off to become professional surfers in Hawaii. The oldest and youngest dragons take a train to New York City to start their own heavy metal band. And a mysterious wizard turns four more into a unicorn, a werewolf, a zombie, and a tiny pink poodle. Now how many dragons are left? Young readers will delight in following each and every dragon as they leave their home for marvelous adventures, until there is but one dragon remaining. That's when this final dragon named Broccoli retreats to a cave for the winter and reappears in the spring with a surprise that will thrill and delight. Prepare to read again!
"Plenty of giggles . . . This is one entertaining and silly way to do math.” —Kirkus
"A hilarious, charming and extremely silly book. . . . A great addition to any child's bookshelf.” —The Minneapolis StarTribune
"So clever, so utterly silly and absurd, so delightful and so engaging." —InfoDad.com
"Colorful . . . Countable . . . Humorous . . . Lively." —Booklist
About the Author
David LaRochelle is the author of many books for children including How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, The Best Pet of All, and The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. David lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Lian Cho has created artwork for Sesame Workshop and the New Yorker, and illustrated several critically acclaimed picture books, including It Began with Lemonade and The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom. Lian grew up in Taiwan and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, is a Society of Illustrators Student Competition Finalist, and received the Rhodes Family Award for Achievement in Illustration.
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"Cho’s colorful portrayals offer comedic magic and flair. Readers will be captivated by the antics of each Broccoli, [and the dragons'] quirky expressions will elicit plenty of giggles. . . . This is one entertaining and silly way to do math.” —Kirkus
"A nonstop dragon party. . . . Comically specific outcomes and locale shout-outs make a close look of this bustling read irresistible." —Publishers Weekly
“You can call this a counting book. You can call it a math book. I call it a hilarious, charming and extremely silly book. . . . Once again, Geisel Award winner David LaRochelle [gives] us a wacky, thoroughly original story . . . A great addition to any child's bookshelf.” —The Minneapolis StarTribune
"You have never seen a counting book quite like this, because there has never been a counting book quite like this. . . . David LaRochelle has crafted a book so clever, so utterly silly and absurd, so delightful and so engaging—and has been so well abetted by illustrator Lian Cho—that kids and adults alike [will] read and reread and delight in the whole thing . . . [The title concept] makes for an eventual twist ending that readers will not see coming and that gives Cho an opportunity to display amazing illustrative virtuosity." —InfoDad.com
"Colorful and countable . . . Humorous details throughout keep the math concepts lively." —Booklist