My Father's Dragon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

My Father's Dragon (My Father's Dragon #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  15,011 ratings  ·  768 reviews
When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon. "From the Trade Paperback edition."
Hardcover, Gift edition, 88 pages
Published October 12th 1986 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1948)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
okay so recently I haven't read any real books. I apologize but I'm fucking inundated in research on the difference between sex typed traits and sex roles and I"m going crazy enough as it is. I will start actually reading again soon I just needed a moment of calm to get through the storm

recently I've started a habit of rereading. I mean are books as good as I thought? I mean I was historically quite a little idiot (just wait till I reread nothing but the truth). Well this book is. I think a lot...more
Annabelle give it 4 Stars.

I thought it was a good book.
Because it was fun.
What made it fun?
The pictures, I loved looking at them.
What else?
The words. I liked reading them to get a chore done.
Would you recommend this book to others to read?
Yeah, I think other people would like this book.
Like who?
I think Adelyn and Trinity might like it.
What would they like about it?
I think they would sort of things some things would be a little silly.
What was silly?
Like, lions using brushes and combs and get...more
Drew Graham
I loved this book as a kid, and I seem to recall it was the first chapter book I ever read. (Upon my discovery of the Table of Contents, I thought its purpose was so that you could go there and decide which chapter you wanted to read instead of having to read through the whole thing.) Years later I remember having loved it, but very little about the story or the characters, so I decided to give this short Newberry winner a quick read, and it was very quick indeed. Told from the point of view of...more
I got a copy of this book to read with my five year old son. It is a very fun and clever children’s read with some great lessons and some wonderful illustrations.

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of a poor overworked baby dragon from an old neighborhood cat he is determined to save the dragon. He travels to Wild Island and, through a series of crazy events, saves the dragon from the animals keeping it prisoner.

This book was first published in 1948 and I am amazed at how well it has aged...more
Robin Gaphni
My Father's Dragon is a perfect first chapter book to read to your four or five year old because there are pictures on almost every page. The chapters are short and simple, and it moves along at a nice pace. It’s action based, which is what makes it so attractive to younger readers. I think it has special appeal to kids who don’t like to sit still for a book. Both of my sons and my daughter count it as one of their favorite books from childhood.

Briefly, it’s the story of Elmer Elevator, a nine-y...more
RB Love
Finally got through My Father's Dragon with the restless Meteor. He's more of an action kind of guy as opposed to a boy who can be read to. He'd rather wrestle.
Good first chapter book all around, I suppose. A little boring really. The most interesting thing about it, I thought, was that it's had such a long shelf life, (1948), without my ever having heard of it, (my older boys said that they thought they remembered their 3rd grade teacher reading it to them in class) and that it was written by R...more
If you're looking for a chapter book for a child that is just beginning to have a chapter-book length attention span, this is a great one to start with. The chapters are very short with several illustrations per chapter. We don't ever even learn the name of our narrator - we only know that the main character in our story is the narrator's dad. His father has all kinds of adventures when he goes to a wild island to help rescue a dragon.

Luckily, he brought along his backpack, in which he packed al...more
Dawn Marie
In the third grade, I met Mrs. Palombi, my favorite teacher ever. She taught us how to churn butter (you sit in a circle, pass around a bottle of heavy cream that everyone takes a turn shaking up, and spread the resulting curds on Ritz crackers), she brought a cotton candy machine to the Fall Festival (during the summer, she ran a beach shack that sold summer treats) and let you “roll your own” as big as you wanted, and every holiday she’d present us with little pins she crocheted herself to com...more
The first book really worried 4-year-old Logan. He didn't understand why the animals were being so mean to the baby dragon and each chapter brought new worries about what the animals would do to the boy. But we'd talk at the beginning of each chapter about how the boy had everything he needed in his bag to deal with situations that came up and then we'd try to guess which of his random collection of stuff he'd need. He liked the second book better. The third book was brought more worries about w...more
This is another children's book that I read to Jack. We were packing for the beach when I started it...well, Jack did not want me to put it down. We would have to do a task and then read another chapter. We actually read the book in one day, which was exciting to me because he has never been so captivated by a longer book before. Since I can relate to the feeling of being desperate to know what "happens next", I willingly gave into his wishes and kept reading!
I couldn't get any of my children interested in this book. While I found it mildly interesting, I thought at least my 5 yr old would like it, considering he loved the Chronicles of Narnia and books like James and the Giant Peach. But no, not an ounce of interest. It's a shame, the story was relatively well developed. I think I enjoyed it enough to try it again when they're older. Maybe I'll buy a used copy and add it to our collection.
My Father’s Dragon was written by Ruth Stiles Gannett. This is a fantasy fiction book that has also won n award; it is a Newberry Honor Book. The book starts off when Elmer Elevator is a child but is told through the voice of his son. Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon being held on Wild Island from a stray cat he took in. He decides to go and run away from home and rescue it. He stows away on a ship and manages to seek onto the Island of Tangerina, which was right next to Wild Island. Elm...more
Megan B
We loved this book. This is about a boy who goes on an adventure to rescue a dragon and has to outwit the many jungle animals who want to eat him or thwart his mission. Fantastic.

This book was well written, creative, and funny, the adventure fast moving and and simple. I enjoyed this book as much as both of the kids and I hope the other two books are as good.

What I didn't like:
I never like it when little boys disobey their parents or run away (you know, like almost all children's adventure sto...more
Published in the 1940's, this little chapter book has been around for years. I've read it a couple of times before at school, but this time around with my five-year-old busy buddy. He really got into it and didn't want to stop. There are quite a few black and white illustrations to hold the attention of the younger set. Elmer Elevator takes a trip to wild island with a backpack full of an interesting assortment of items that turn out to be exactly what he needs in his encounters with wild beasts...more
First Second Books
I'm re-reading MY FATHER'S DRAGON and loving it as much as I did when I was eight, but for different reasons.
Fun story with great illustrations. Perfect beginning chapter book.
This is the first chapter book that I have read to my daughter (just 4). I picked it based on the recommendation of Kids Books in Vancouver. My daughter enjoyed it and it held her interest. The book focuses on a little boy who has an adventure with various animals. The story is sweet and the little boy is clever, always managing to trick the animals in order to achieve his ultimate goal. Each chapter has an incident with an animal that stands alone as a small adventure which made it an ideal boo...more
We LOVED this book! The story is told by the son as he remembers this amazing tale -- the rescue of a dragon told to him by his father. The story is full of adventure -- and the father is a witty, clever, and very resourceful character that the kids loved. Our favorite character is the mouse! But we'll let you read the book to find out why we loved him so much. :)
I gave this book a two star rating because it got boring every chaapter was titled The Chapter My Father meets a _________________. In each chapter he did the exact sam9e thing out smart the animal with something in his bag. There was hardly any action throughout the book then on the last page all the action happened. I only read it because I had to read a fantasy.
Shirari Industries
This book features an exciting liberation story and an egalitarian friendship between a little human boy and a dragon. When I first read it I don't think I yet had the understanding to see it as a story of oppression overcome through solidarity, but that's how I see it today, and I don't doubt that it had an impact on my social consciousness.
I missed this gem as a kid. My own boys laughed aloud a few times and begged for more. We'll be going on in the series for sure. It was well-written and entertaining. Unlike some other reviewers, I was not taken with the narration. I thought the repetitious use of "my father" was a bit distracting and annoying. One of my boys actually asked me why I kept saying it as I was reading. I had to stop and explain. He then asked why the narrator didn't just call him Elmer. So for the rest of the story,...more
This is one of my favorite books from when my kids were little. THis is the first chapter book that they read. Each chapter was self contained. The hero is able to use his intelligence and creativity to solve the problems that face him. Highly recommend it as a way to get kids hooked on reading...
My first successful chapter book read-aloud with Adam! Thanks, Karin, for this long-ago recommendation.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Lovely little adventure story of
boy who travels to an island and
meets many intriguing creatures.
The story never feels contrived.
Just read this to my girls. I forgot how funny this is! This is a great short chapter book for young readers, and a silly readaloud that's sure to tickle everyone's funnybone.
Amanda Caldwell
Zachery really enjoyed this one and would ask if we could keep reading- which he doesn't do for just any book!
A boy goes on an adventure to rescue a dragon on a far-away island and he has some surprising solutions to the dilemmas he faces. I just finished reading this to my five-year-old. His three-year-old brother is not generally as excited about chapter books, but he enjoyed the parts that he heard of this one -- it helps that it has illustrations. This book reminds me of *Owl at Home* in its style and perspective on the world -- the events have nothing in common (and I may be the only person in the...more
I loved these! I think we all did projects based on the series in 2nd grade... =)
Mary Ann
I loved it. I look forward to reading it to my granddaughter.
I just started this book with my second grade class as a literature circle book and they love it. I just read it and loved the adventures Elmer goes on. It reminded me of Odysseus and the many adventures he goes on. I was surprised at how scared the kids were for the Dragon. They were very upset at how badly the other animals treated the Dragon. I didn't experience any anxiety while reading the book because I assumed he would get to the Dragon. The kid's didn't think this at all. I can't wait to...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Help with childhood book! [s] 3 30 Apr 29, 2014 07:12PM  
What's The Name o...: Children's lit [s] 3 44 Dec 28, 2012 07:10AM  
  • The Light at Tern Rock (Newbery Library, Puffin)
  • Dolphin Adventure: A True Story
  • The Apple and the Arrow
  • The Usborne Book of Living Long Ago (Explainers)
  • Mary On Horseback: Three Mountain Stories
  • The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems
  • Capyboppy
  • A Grain of Rice
  • Five True Dog Stories
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
  • Twenty and Ten
  • The Family Under the Bridge
  • Red Sails to Capri
  • Mountain Born
  • Kildee House
  • The Stories Julian Tells
  • The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook
  • Swift Rivers
Ruth Stiles Gannett wrote My Father's Dragon just a few years after her graduation from Vassar College in 1944.

She lives in Upstate New York.

More about Ruth Stiles Gannett...
Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon, #2) Three Tales of My Father's Dragon The Dragons of Blueland (My Father's Dragon, #3) My Father's Dragon: Books 1 and 2: #1 My Father's Dragon #2 Elmer and the Dragon (My Father's Dragon) Katie and the Sad Noise

Share This Book