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Title: My Father's Dragon
Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Publisher: Published December 27th 2005 by Yearling (first published 1948)
ISBN: 9780440421214
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Elmer Elevator (narrator's father as a boy) runs away with an old alley cat to rescue a flying baby dragon being exploited on a faraway island. With the help of two dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a fine-toothed comb, Elmer disarms the fiercest of beasts on Wild Island.

30 review for My Father's Dragon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    My Father's Dragon is a childhood favorite that will never get old. It's a perfect read out loud story for young readers. The black and white illustrations are delightful and it's a story that will be enjoyed forever. 5*****

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Marie

    In the third grade, I met Mrs. Palombi, my favorite teacher ever. She taught us how to churn butter (you sit in a circle, pass around a bottle of heavy cream that everyone takes a turn shaking up, and spread the resulting curds on Ritz crackers), she brought a cotton candy machine to the Fall Festival (during the summer, she ran a beach shack that sold summer treats) and let you “roll your own” as big as you wanted, and every holiday she’d present us with little pins she crocheted herself to com In the third grade, I met Mrs. Palombi, my favorite teacher ever. She taught us how to churn butter (you sit in a circle, pass around a bottle of heavy cream that everyone takes a turn shaking up, and spread the resulting curds on Ritz crackers), she brought a cotton candy machine to the Fall Festival (during the summer, she ran a beach shack that sold summer treats) and let you “roll your own” as big as you wanted, and every holiday she’d present us with little pins she crocheted herself to commemorate the occasion (a Jack O’ Lantern for Halloween, Santa for Christmas, a shamrock for St. Patrick’s day…). More than her big bubble of candyfloss bleachblonde hair and her Savage Tan, I remember her gravelly Virginia Slims voice. Near the end of every school day, before the bell rang, Mrs. Palombi would turn the lights off, have us put our heads down and read to us from My Father’s Dragon, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and James and the Giant Peach. All three are favorites of mine, but I’m pimping Dragon first because it seems a bit more obscure. Part of the reason that I’ve always liked the book is Ruth Stiles Gannett’s clever, sweet-tempered story, and the fact that it has some of the most charming illustrations I’ve ever seen—drawn by her step-mother, Ruth Chrisman Gannett. (My favorite is the one they generally use as the cover, which has always kind of tickled me – the book is called My Father’s Dragon, but the cover features a dandy Lion and no dragon to be seen. The endpage map of the islands is also especially adorable.) The “father” of the title is one Elmer Elevator, polite, cool under fire, and an absolute sweetheart in a jaunty little cap. He makes friends with an alley cat who tells him about a baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island. Elmer resolves to rescue the dragon, and with the cat’s sage advice, carefully packs for his trip. With a little planning and an inventive spirit, Elmer sidesteps all manner of hazards (for example, menacing tigers can be placated with chewing gum and a little stretching of the truth—Elmer’s basically a kinder, gentler MacGuyver) and saves the day. If you have children of your own, or just dig patently endearing adventure stories, I can’t recommend My Father’s Dragon enough.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Delightful classic 1948 children's book for the 8-13 age range, with a retro vibe and old-fashioned illustrations. This is a great kid's fantasy about a boy's adventures with his dragon. My kids loved this book (and its two sequels) when they were young. The narrator tells about his father's adventures when he was a boy. Elmer makes friends with a talking alley cat (talking animals being taken very much for granted here), and the cat tells him about a tropical island called Wild Island, cut nearl Delightful classic 1948 children's book for the 8-13 age range, with a retro vibe and old-fashioned illustrations. This is a great kid's fantasy about a boy's adventures with his dragon. My kids loved this book (and its two sequels) when they were young. The narrator tells about his father's adventures when he was a boy. Elmer makes friends with a talking alley cat (talking animals being taken very much for granted here), and the cat tells him about a tropical island called Wild Island, cut nearly in half by a broad river infested with crocodiles. When a baby dragon falls from the sky, the animals on Wild Island tie him up and force him to ferry a raft back and forth across the river for their convenience. Clearly the little dragon needs a rescuer! So Elmer packs up 25 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (and six apples) and stows away on a ship, off to Wild Island on a rescue issue. There are lots of talking animals on the island - some friendly, but mostly dangerous - and Elmer must use his courage and wits to save the baby dragon. The two sequels are equally enjoyable. I suggest you get the book that has all three tales packaged together, for any young kids in your life. The first book is occasionally a Kindle freebie, and you can buy used copies of a combined volume with all three books on Amazon for pennies plus shipping.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Overall, it was a lovely enough book that it is worth a read, but I don't think this is one we will revisit. Both of my littles sat while we read this one over a few nights. It's not as long as some of the other books we've read so my three year old was able to stick around for most of it. This wasn't a favorite but they did stay engaged. I had heard such wonderful things about the story that I think I was expecting something a little different. Plus a dragon... I mean, that's gotta be a win right Overall, it was a lovely enough book that it is worth a read, but I don't think this is one we will revisit. Both of my littles sat while we read this one over a few nights. It's not as long as some of the other books we've read so my three year old was able to stick around for most of it. This wasn't a favorite but they did stay engaged. I had heard such wonderful things about the story that I think I was expecting something a little different. Plus a dragon... I mean, that's gotta be a win right? The story was cute and there was plenty of silly fun and adventure on the island but there wasn't much to encourage the commentary that I have been enjoying while reading chapter books with my kiddos. They were most entertained by the tigers and the chewing gum (probably because I am a wretched mommy and rarely ever let them have gum, in fact I think the three year old has only ever had gum twice, and the 6 year old wasn't allowed to have any until he was five) and thought the final scene with all the animals in the river was funny. Overall, it was a lovely enough book that it is worth a read, but I don't think this is one we will revisit. Best comment while reading 6 year old little: "Mom there are talking animals in this, that means it's fiction."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Drew Graham

    I loved this book as a kid, and I seem to recall it was the first chapter book I ever read. (Upon my discovery of the Table of Contents, I thought its purpose was so that you could go there and decide which chapter you wanted to read instead of having to read through the whole thing.) Years later I remember having loved it, but very little about the story or the characters, so I decided to give this short Newberry winner a quick read, and it was very quick indeed. Told from the point of view of I loved this book as a kid, and I seem to recall it was the first chapter book I ever read. (Upon my discovery of the Table of Contents, I thought its purpose was so that you could go there and decide which chapter you wanted to read instead of having to read through the whole thing.) Years later I remember having loved it, but very little about the story or the characters, so I decided to give this short Newberry winner a quick read, and it was very quick indeed. Told from the point of view of the main character's son (referring to the adventures his father had as a boy), this is the story of Elmer Elevator's journey to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon from the enslavement of the lazy and selfish animal inhabitants. Elmer is clever and brave, and uses the odd assortment of items in his knapsack in his quest to free the dragon. This book took less than an hour to read, and I'm so glad I went back to it after all these years. It was wonderful! The plot is straightforward and there's some repetition in the events, but it's really fun to see how Elmer uses all the various things he packed and how he outsmarts the animals. There's just the right amount of danger for a young reader, and the ending is thrilling. The characters are simple, but well-defined and interesting. I mean, isn't Elmer Elevator just a great name for a character? There is the issue of Elmer sneaking away from home for days at a time, but it's excusable in context. I kind of expected the writing to be dated, but it seemed to me that this story could take place at any time. There are also illustrations aplenty, and they are delightful. I think this is some kind of a perfect children's book. It's just as charming as I remember it being from my childhood, and I can't wait to read it aloud to my kids one day.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Annabelle give it 4 Stars. I thought it was a good book. Why? Because it was fun. What made it fun? The pictures, I loved looking at them. What else? The words. I liked reading them to get a chore done. Would you recommend this book to others to read? Yeah, I think other people would like this book. Like who? I think Adelyn and Trinity might like it. What would they like about it? I think they would sort of things some things would be a little silly. What was silly? Like, lions using brushes and combs and get Annabelle give it 4 Stars. I thought it was a good book. Why? Because it was fun. What made it fun? The pictures, I loved looking at them. What else? The words. I liked reading them to get a chore done. Would you recommend this book to others to read? Yeah, I think other people would like this book. Like who? I think Adelyn and Trinity might like it. What would they like about it? I think they would sort of things some things would be a little silly. What was silly? Like, lions using brushes and combs and getting hair bows in their hair and getting braided. Anything else? Let me see... (flips through book) That somebody sleeps under a tree. Anything else you want to share? Yeah, I'll find it (flipping through book still). I think I'm almost to that part. Yep. Two boars thinking it was a trick, and it was not a trick. What was not a trick? What "My Father" did. So, what was it? What did he do? He used things in his knapsack to make it that the animals wouldn't be able to do the bad stuff they do to humans, to him. Sounds like a trick to me! Well, it was a trick to the animals! But not to me. Got it! I enjoyed this book too. We gave it to Annabelle for her birthday and she and I enjoyed reading it together today. She read the first paragraph of every chapter, except the first one, and I read the rest of it out loud to her.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    I got a copy of this book to read with my five year old son. It is a very fun and clever children’s read with some great lessons and some wonderful illustrations. When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of a poor overworked baby dragon from an old neighborhood cat he is determined to save the dragon. He travels to Wild Island and, through a series of crazy events, saves the dragon from the animals keeping it prisoner. This book was first published in 1948 and I am amazed at how well it has aged I got a copy of this book to read with my five year old son. It is a very fun and clever children’s read with some great lessons and some wonderful illustrations. When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of a poor overworked baby dragon from an old neighborhood cat he is determined to save the dragon. He travels to Wild Island and, through a series of crazy events, saves the dragon from the animals keeping it prisoner. This book was first published in 1948 and I am amazed at how well it has aged. The writing is fairly simple and is definitely at a younger level but it still made for an excellent story. There are a couple spots where the language is a bit archaic but not many. Elmer Elevator encounters a number of less than friendly animals and for each encounter he finds a clever (and sometimes hilarious) way to distract the animals. For example he gives the rhino a toothbrush and toothpaste for his very dirty horn and he gives the tigers chewing gum. It was great fun to see how Elmer would combat the next group of animals. Additionally all the lands have wonderfully fun names. Elmer lives in the land of Popsicornia and travels through Tangerina (known for its tangerines) to get to Wild Island. Elmer uses cleverness instead of violence or force to get through his adventures. He also frees the poor baby dragon from slavery. All while eating tangerines. The only part of the story parents might object to is the fact that Elmer runs away from his parents at the age of nine to do all of this. My son loved this book and immediately wanted to start on the second book of the trilogy, Elmer and the Dragon. The pictures throughout are fun and wonderfully done. They match the tone of the story excellently. Overall a wonderful fantasy read for children. This is a chapter book but is written at a lower reading level that is easy for younger children (5+) to understand even if they can’t quite read it yet. Elmer uses cleverness and humor to survive his noble adventure. The wonderful pictures only add to the excellent story. Highly recommended to read with kids, especially those interested in adventure and fantasy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robin Gaphni

    My Father's Dragon is a perfect first chapter book to read to your four or five year old because there are pictures on almost every page. The chapters are short and simple, and it moves along at a nice pace. It’s action based, which is what makes it so attractive to younger readers. I think it has special appeal to kids who don’t like to sit still for a book. Both of my sons and my daughter count it as one of their favorite books from childhood. Briefly, it’s the story of Elmer Elevator, a nine-y My Father's Dragon is a perfect first chapter book to read to your four or five year old because there are pictures on almost every page. The chapters are short and simple, and it moves along at a nice pace. It’s action based, which is what makes it so attractive to younger readers. I think it has special appeal to kids who don’t like to sit still for a book. Both of my sons and my daughter count it as one of their favorite books from childhood. Briefly, it’s the story of Elmer Elevator, a nine-year-old boy that sets out to rescue a captured baby dragon. Armed with chewing gum, lollipops, magnifying glasses and other unlikely rescue devices, Elmer encounters lots of obstacles along the way. He’s an independent, resourceful boy who manages to come up with clever solutions to the many problems that arise on his journey. It's the perfect mix of adventure and intrigue, without being too scary. A heads-up: Keeping in mind that the book was written 60 years ago, there is a sentence in the first chapter that says his mom whipped Elmer. Nowadays, of course, whipping doesn't usually crop up in children's books. Just wanted to give you advance notice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    okay so recently I haven't read any real books. I apologize but I'm fucking inundated in research on the difference between sex typed traits and sex roles and I"m going crazy enough as it is. I will start actually reading again soon I just needed a moment of calm to get through the storm recently I've started a habit of rereading. I mean are books as good as I thought? I mean I was historically quite a little idiot (just wait till I reread nothing but the truth). Well this book is. I think a lot okay so recently I haven't read any real books. I apologize but I'm fucking inundated in research on the difference between sex typed traits and sex roles and I"m going crazy enough as it is. I will start actually reading again soon I just needed a moment of calm to get through the storm recently I've started a habit of rereading. I mean are books as good as I thought? I mean I was historically quite a little idiot (just wait till I reread nothing but the truth). Well this book is. I think a lot of what's great about this book is the illustrations. But it also has that children's quality that you don't get as much anymore where wonder is more important than logic. I mean now I feel like it would be hard to solve problems the way they were solved in this book, give a tiger chewing gum. But there is something about it that really points to a simpler time than I remember and enjoyed. The writing isn't as polished as milne, but it's much better than the dahl I've reread.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Elmer saves an alley cat and feeds her for weeks. In return, the cat - upon hearing Elmer's wish to fly - tells him about a baby dragon that is being held captive on the far off Wild Island. Elmer sneaks out of his house one night with chewing gum, two dozen pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, black rubber boots, a compass, a toothbrush and a tube of tooth paste, six magnifying glasses, a very sharp jackknife, a comb and a hairbrush, seven hair ribbons of different colors, an empty grain b Elmer saves an alley cat and feeds her for weeks. In return, the cat - upon hearing Elmer's wish to fly - tells him about a baby dragon that is being held captive on the far off Wild Island. Elmer sneaks out of his house one night with chewing gum, two dozen pink lollipops, a package of rubber bands, black rubber boots, a compass, a toothbrush and a tube of tooth paste, six magnifying glasses, a very sharp jackknife, a comb and a hairbrush, seven hair ribbons of different colors, an empty grain bag with a label saying "Cranberry," some clean clothes, 25 PB&J sandwiches and 6 apples. Each chapter is about Elmer trying to get past an animal that wants to eat him or hurt him in some way. My favorite animal character is the little mouse that always says things wrong. For instance, he says, "I must smell tumduddy" instead of "I must tell somebody!" And "Queer, queer, what a dear little dock!" instead of "Dear, dear, what a queer little rock." Let's just say it's lucky that Elmer packed what he did! Each item comes in very handy. This is an excellent book that children will love, and it's not stupid - the adult reading it to the child will be happy as well. It was a Newbery Honor Book in 1948.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan Olsen

    After a hard morning of sickness, I put my cranky 7-year-old son in his bed to rest, and began playing this audiobook from my phone to catch a few minutes of child-free peace. (Not our usual, snuggle-and-read-together, cover-of-parenting-magazine approach to books, but it was one of those "Jesus-take-the-wheel" kind of days.) When I left, he was whining that he didn't want to be in bed and definitely didn't want to listen to a book, so I promised him he'd only have to listen for fifteen minutes o After a hard morning of sickness, I put my cranky 7-year-old son in his bed to rest, and began playing this audiobook from my phone to catch a few minutes of child-free peace. (Not our usual, snuggle-and-read-together, cover-of-parenting-magazine approach to books, but it was one of those "Jesus-take-the-wheel" kind of days.) When I left, he was whining that he didn't want to be in bed and definitely didn't want to listen to a book, so I promised him he'd only have to listen for fifteen minutes or so. Well, when I returned to turn it off, he seriously jumped from bed to stop my hand from pushing the pause button. Not only did he listen to the whole book (it takes a little more than an hour), but he then listened to the two sequels, AND asked to listen to the first book again. I was so pleasantly surprised, I decided to listen to it that night after the kids were in bed. The storyline is simple: a boy goes to a mysterious island to rescue a baby dragon, and along the way, has to get himself out of close calls with a number of wild animals by using his quick wits and the schoolboy tools in his backpack. It was adventurous, episodic, and fun, (albeit predictable for an adult). I can see why it is a classic. Warning: the book has an abrupt ending for a stand-alone, so have the next two stories ready!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Delightful! The short chapters follow a pattern so cale was really able to remember what happened I the story. Only 10 chapters. Great place to begin reading aloud!

  13. 5 out of 5

    RB Love

    Finally got through My Father's Dragon with the restless Meteor. He's more of an action kind of guy as opposed to a boy who can be read to. He'd rather wrestle. Good first chapter book all around, I suppose. A little boring really. The most interesting thing about it, I thought, was that it's had such a long shelf life, (1948), without my ever having heard of it, (my older boys said that they thought they remembered their 3rd grade teacher reading it to them in class) and that it was written by R Finally got through My Father's Dragon with the restless Meteor. He's more of an action kind of guy as opposed to a boy who can be read to. He'd rather wrestle. Good first chapter book all around, I suppose. A little boring really. The most interesting thing about it, I thought, was that it's had such a long shelf life, (1948), without my ever having heard of it, (my older boys said that they thought they remembered their 3rd grade teacher reading it to them in class) and that it was written by Ruth Stiles Gannett, (maybe of the Gannett Media Group family), and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett, who is said in the bios to be Ruth Stiles Gannett's stepmother. This would mean that ole Lewis Gannett, a daily book critic for the New York Herald Tribune, had a daughter, presumably by another marriage or that he was a widower, named Ruth and then he went out and married another woman, named Ruth, right? Anyways, there are two sequels neither the Meteor nor I are interested in reading, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. All three of these books have stayed in print for over 60 years now. Go figure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)

    The first book really worried 4-year-old Logan. He didn't understand why the animals were being so mean to the baby dragon and each chapter brought new worries about what the animals would do to the boy. But we'd talk at the beginning of each chapter about how the boy had everything he needed in his bag to deal with situations that came up and then we'd try to guess which of his random collection of stuff he'd need. He liked the second book better. The third book was brought more worries about w The first book really worried 4-year-old Logan. He didn't understand why the animals were being so mean to the baby dragon and each chapter brought new worries about what the animals would do to the boy. But we'd talk at the beginning of each chapter about how the boy had everything he needed in his bag to deal with situations that came up and then we'd try to guess which of his random collection of stuff he'd need. He liked the second book better. The third book was brought more worries about what would happen to baby dragon's family. After we'd read them all, Logan wanted to re-read the second book several times and then we read the family reunion chapters of the third book several times. Overall, he said he liked the stories and I think they evoked a lot of discussion about the nature of cruelty and the benefits of being prepared for any emergency!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book was recommended to me by my dear friend (and kindergarten teacher) Megan. We read this over the course of two nights. The kids really loved it, especially Mimi. I had to do a little quick editing in some spots, but I've gotten pretty good at that over the years. It was written in the 1940's, so there were sentences like: 'She whipped my father and threw the cat out the door", which became, 'She punished my father...' when I read it to the kids. Things like that. But the kids really lov This book was recommended to me by my dear friend (and kindergarten teacher) Megan. We read this over the course of two nights. The kids really loved it, especially Mimi. I had to do a little quick editing in some spots, but I've gotten pretty good at that over the years. It was written in the 1940's, so there were sentences like: 'She whipped my father and threw the cat out the door", which became, 'She punished my father...' when I read it to the kids. Things like that. But the kids really loved it and were hanging on at the end of each chapter. Maxwell seemed to especially like this one. Some of the wording is a bit awkward and old fashioned, but it was a really big hit and a great recommendation. Thanks Megan! We'll be picking up the next in the series for sure!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tayler Steele

    One of my all-time favorite children's books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    A great first chapter book for little ones! My 4.5 year old & I both loved it & couldn't wait for bedtime to read another chapter.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    This was a cute story that I read to my kids. There are just a few pictures that sort of helped my 3 year old stay engaged but she was mostly distracted. My 5 year old loved it though and was so excited to read our two chapters each night. The little boy in the story is always coming up with creative ways to overcome the challenges he faces in the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reeja Geevarghese

    Read this to my kids (ages 4 and 7) and both enjoyed the adventure. Simple illustrations that were just enough to help my 4 year old enjoy it. Looking forward to reading the second one to them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karol

    Utterly charming and imaginative story and wonderful illustrations, too. I got quite a chuckle out of some of the drawings. No wonder this has been a popular childrens' book for so many years.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Edwards

    If you're looking for a chapter book for a child that is just beginning to have a chapter-book length attention span, this is a great one to start with. The chapters are very short with several illustrations per chapter. We don't ever even learn the name of our narrator - we only know that the main character in our story is the narrator's dad. His father has all kinds of adventures when he goes to a wild island to help rescue a dragon. Luckily, he brought along his backpack, in which he packed al If you're looking for a chapter book for a child that is just beginning to have a chapter-book length attention span, this is a great one to start with. The chapters are very short with several illustrations per chapter. We don't ever even learn the name of our narrator - we only know that the main character in our story is the narrator's dad. His father has all kinds of adventures when he goes to a wild island to help rescue a dragon. Luckily, he brought along his backpack, in which he packed all kinds of crazy items that will end up saving him from the animals that he meets - pink lollipops, hair bow, chewing gum. At the end of the book, this is what my 7 year old son seemed most taken with - the idea that he had thought of all the things he would need to keep him safe. And, of course, he loved that a little boy was able to outsmart the crazy rhino and angry tigers. It's a story that's right up the alley of my little boy, although, in truth, probably a bit young for him. As an adult reader, it's obvious that the story is a bit dated, but I can see why it's a classic. I didn't love reading it out loud as much as other chapter books, but I can see myself getting this one from the library again when my 4 year old son decides he can follow a story from one day to the next. A great starter chapter book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    J. Boo

    Pleasant little illustrated chapter book. "My Father" sneaks to an animal-ruled island in order to rescue a baby dragon. Will add to review after testing it on the kids. Update: DS5 & DD3 thought it was great, and liked the way Elmer used his inventory of random objects to triumph over the dangers of the island. Grew on me with re-reading, too. Raising my rating from 3 -> 4. Available on Gutenberg, despite its relative recency. The following site has an excellent overview of the book, its pu Pleasant little illustrated chapter book. "My Father" sneaks to an animal-ruled island in order to rescue a baby dragon. Will add to review after testing it on the kids. Update: DS5 & DD3 thought it was great, and liked the way Elmer used his inventory of random objects to triumph over the dangers of the island. Grew on me with re-reading, too. Raising my rating from 3 -> 4. Available on Gutenberg, despite its relative recency. The following site has an excellent overview of the book, its publishing history, a biography of the author, etc. https://sites.google.com/site/myfathe...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Excellent choice for an introductory read-aloud. I am trying to transition my daughter to picture-less read-alouds, so we can start digesting some exciting favorites. But, she's been on a diet of picture books and loses interest quickly. I was stunned when she wanted me to keep going with this story. I forced a stop for a couple hours (mostly to reinforce the idea of a book that can be read in multiple sittings), but she was more eager to finish than I. It's a story of kindness and ingenuity with Excellent choice for an introductory read-aloud. I am trying to transition my daughter to picture-less read-alouds, so we can start digesting some exciting favorites. But, she's been on a diet of picture books and loses interest quickly. I was stunned when she wanted me to keep going with this story. I forced a stop for a couple hours (mostly to reinforce the idea of a book that can be read in multiple sittings), but she was more eager to finish than I. It's a story of kindness and ingenuity without overtly making the point.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This is another children's book that I read to Jack. We were packing for the beach when I started it...well, Jack did not want me to put it down. We would have to do a task and then read another chapter. We actually read the book in one day, which was exciting to me because he has never been so captivated by a longer book before. Since I can relate to the feeling of being desperate to know what "happens next", I willingly gave into his wishes and kept reading!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Just looking at the cover of My Father‘s Dragon instantly took me back to memories of the large children’s room of the local Carnegie library with its walls and alcoves lined with books, including this story about a young boy setting off to rescue a baby dragon. I was a little surprised that the part of the story I remembered best were the curious contents of the boy’s backpack. How did he know exactly what to bring? Still a delightful read for the right reader.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    This was a childhood favorite and one of the first books I remember reading. I actually own a very old copy that belonged to my mother and her sisters when they were young girls. Several years ago I read this aloud to my two oldest kids and recently realized I needed to read it to my middle son. He loved it, thought it was very funny and is eager for me to read him the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paulina

    This is one of my favorite books from when my kids were little. THis is the first chapter book that they read. Each chapter was self contained. The hero is able to use his intelligence and creativity to solve the problems that face him. Highly recommend it as a way to get kids hooked on reading...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Fun story with great illustrations. Perfect beginning chapter book. Edited for 2017 read: I read it to my son this week. He regularly made me read more chapters than I had planned to read, and was wide-eyed with excitement the last three chapters. He also took my copy and put it on his bookshelf, because apparently now it is his book. Which, really, is how it should be.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shira and Ari Evergreen

    This book features an exciting liberation story and an egalitarian friendship between a little human boy and a dragon. When I first read it I don't think I yet had the understanding to see it as a story of oppression overcome through solidarity, but that's how I see it today, and I don't doubt that it had an impact on my social consciousness.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Lovely little adventure story of boy who travels to an island and meets many intriguing creatures. The story never feels contrived. Recommended.

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