|100 mighty dragons all named Broccoli|
Author: LaRochelle, David
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.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/23)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2023 As the title suggests (but the text never explains), 100 differently colored, sized, winged, and horned dragons are all named Broccoli. After a wind blows away half of the dragons from their mountain-cave home, the story essentially becomes a continuous word problem that young readers must solve by calculating the correct number of dragons following such outlandish events as sailing away to become professional surfers in Hawaii, starting a heavy metal band in New York City, flying away to be fashion-conscious in France, and being turned into other magical creatures (unicorn, werewolf, etc.) by a wizard. The calculations progress in difficulty from subtracting 10s and 1s to working what amount to equations that use both addition and subtraction to handling a tricky zero. In a fun conclusion, one remaining Broccoli retreats into her cave for the winter and reemerges with 100 baby dragons, each featured in its own colorful and countable box with a unique name—except Broccoli Junior, who comprises the full-page finale. Other humorous details throughout keep the math concepts lively. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.