Recent Readaloud: My Father’s Dragon

My Father's DragonMy Father’s DragonMy Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett

This is part of Sonlight’s Core A, but it’s also a title I found recommended frequently as a “best of” for readalouds, or early chapter books. I’d never heard of it before, but apparently that says more of my obliviousness to it, because now that I know of it I’m seeing references to it constantly!

And for good reason. This is such an engaging book for kids, and the chapters are such a perfect length for listeners new to chapter books (or for newer readers tackling chapter books on their own). There are lots of fun illustrations throughout the text which also helps keep readers attention. And the plot is just ridiculous enough to be fascinating and full of “what might happen next!” wonder.

My verdict:
It’s not one I’d want to read (or reread) on my own, but I’m not the target audience. It’s still very easy to readaloud, and I went ahead and bought the compilation title with the two sequels, Three Tales of My Father’s DragonThree Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett. It’s a really nice hardcover, and a good deal for all three titles.

And a heads-up – this is one where if you buy the kindle copy you can then get the Audible version for a reduced price. Even though I own the book I’m considering doing this – my son can then follow along with the text and listen to the story. And then both girls can do the same thing eventually.

The kids’ verdict:
So much fun! Dragons and tigers and lions and a gorilla and boars and tortoises and and and…

Publisher’s Description:
My Father’s Dragon is a children’s novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon.

The narrative mode is unusual, in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as “my father”, giving the impression that this is a true story that happened long ago.

The illustrations within the book are black and white done with a grease crayon on a grained paper, done by Ruth Chrisman Gannett, who also illustrated other children’s books such as My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Paco Goes to the Fair, Miss Hickory, Hipo the Hippo, and adult books such as Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck.

Book Details

Title: My Father’s DragonMy Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
Category: Children’s Fiction
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  1. I have very fond memories of reading these books to my son. He’s twenty one now. Enjoy!

    • awww, I’m already looking at my baby who isn’t much of a baby anymore and wondering how she’s almost one. Now you’re reminding me that before I know it they’ll all be grown. 🙂

  2. SoCalLynn says:

    I just saw a copy of this on the library sale table. I thought the cover was adorable, but I left it there because I don’t have a young one to read it to. I’m thinking I’ll go back and get it (hopefully) and save it for my granddaughter…to go with the other many books I’m saving to read with her.

    • I justify buying lots of books with the idea that three kids + potential grandkids (at least I hope so!) = lots of opportunities to read and reread. 🙂

      Fingers crossed that the book is still there for you, and if not, that another one will cross your path!

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