Title: Elmer and the DragonElmer and the Dragon
Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Illustrator: Ruth Chrisman Gannett
Pages: 87
Reading Level: 8-11
Star Rating: ★★★

Remember My Father’s Dragon? Sequel!

The Story.

Now that he’s successfully freed the baby dragon from the mean animals that were using him as a ferry, Elmer Elevator thinks it’s time to go back home. But he has no way to leave Wild Island. Unless – unless the baby dragon could fly him home!

The baby dragon is overjoyed to be helping his rescuer. But, alas!, he is a only a baby dragon and does not have all of his strength. He must stop for rest all along their journey. Will Elmer and the dragon ever make it home to Popsicornia?

Discussion.

I enjoyed Elmer and the Dragon more than My Father’s Dragon. Perhaps that’s because it did not present the relational tension between Elmer and his parents that My Father’s Dragon did; instead, it features an Elmer who is hurrying to get home in time for his father’s birthday!

Of course, Elmer and the Dragon is still fantasy-ish. Elmer is able to converse with all of the animals (dragons, canaries, etc.), and on one island, the canaries have a monarchical government established! There is no magic or transhumanism.

‘Gosh’ is used four times.

Conclusion. If you don’t mind human-animal conversations, then I doubt you’ll have a problem with Elmer and the Dragon. However, if you prefer to give your children only the most sober stories, then Elmer and the Dragon is not for you.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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