Follow a series of subterranean mazes to a dragon’s lair—using map coordinates, collecting tokens, and spotting small designated items along the way.
Luna the dragon has stolen the blue-skinned gnomes’ gold, and readers willing to help them get it back will have to trace a wandering course along the busy roadways of Gnome City, past Toadstool Town, a tangle of tree roots, a set of Egyptian tombs, and other obstacles. Each double-page spread before Luna’s lair is ruled into 18 sections with coordinates in the margins. They teem with tiny motorists in need of direction, and there are frequent prompts such as, “What time is it now?” or “Oh no! How many mummies are on the loose?” that invite close looks at the smaller details in Boston’s winding cartoon scenes. As in a true atlas, adjacency on all sides is indicated with directional arrows. Once the stolen gold is recovered from beneath the sleeping dragon, a set of related exercises and activities on the closing page promises “More Fun Underground.” Like Boston’s similarly structured Under the Sea (2016), the overall route is relatively easy to trace, though here some vocabulary (“Can you see any canopic jars?”) may prove challenging.
An entertaining journey for viewers with few years or short attention spans. (Informational picture book. 5-7)