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?


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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