Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Length: 74 pages
Genre: Fantasy / Classic
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Content Appropriate for: Grades PreK-6
Three adjectives that describe this book: fun, fanciful, surprising
I had been avoiding My Father's Dragon because of its terrible cover and title. It just looks old and dinky. I did a quick search to see if a new cover has been designed that will do a better job of enticing readers, but I wasn't impressed by what I found:
Complete trilogy cover.
Are they hugging? Weird
Audiobook cover. Just silly.
VHS cover. I like this one best.
Since this sequence happens several times, I thought it would become boring and predictable. But actually, I began to eagerly await Elmer's next run-in and enjoyed trying to figure out how he would outsmart the next animal.
The best praise for this book is that, when I told my fifth graders that I had read it, one of the boys said, "My dad used to read this book to me when I was little!" He was so excited to see it again, that he grabbed my copy and devoured it. A few days later, he promoted the book to his peers during our weekly Book Commercial time and they were clamoring to read it next.
Overall: This classic would be great to read aloud to your four or five year old. The chapters are short, the illustrations are terrific, and the story is straight-forward, fun, and a bit adventurous. I also appreciated the subtle humor when the 17 crocodiles got super excited about pink lollipops. A fun, quick read.