Reviewed for First Grade, 2007

Written more than 50 years ago, My Father's Dragon still seems as fresh as a daisy. A very unusual daisy. It's the story of a resourceful young man named Elmer Elevator who runs away with an old alley cat, in order to rescue a baby dragon. Armed only with the random collection of things he managed to stuff into his pockets-- a magnifying glass, a brush, and a few sticks of chewing gum-- he must outsmart a progression of savage beasts who'd love to have him for lunch. The short chapters and simple vocabulary make this a perfect first chapter book. And the follow-ups, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland, which are also first rate, are presented back-to-back in this edition. (Random House, $16.95)