Author: Ruth Gannett

Plot Summary: When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride. Elmer needs no further encouragement to stow away aboard a ship to the island, where he matches wits with hungry tigers, an irate gorilla, cranky crocodiles, and other moody creatures. The narrative mode of the classic fantasy trilogy 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 books have been called rich, humorous, ingenious and plausible, with well-sustained fantasy well-sustained. Each story stands alone, but read in succession, they are an unforgettable experience.

Posted In: Metaphysics, Philosophy of the Mind

Discussion Questions:

If you were Elmer, would you have gone to Wild Island?

How could the animals have a revolution? What do you think would cause a revolution?

Do you think it is a good idea to befriend stray animals?

What do you think Elmer’s parents thought when he did not come home?

Imagine that you could stow away to a mysterious place? Would you want to go?

How do we know the dragon wanted to be rescued?

Could you believe someone’s story without any evidence?

Contributed by Bridget DuRuz