Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett

The much-loved inspiration behind the Netflix film featuring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Jacob Tremblay and Gaten Matarazzo

When Elmer Elevator hears about the baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island, he knows just what to do. First, he packs his knapsack with important supplies, like chewing gum, lollipops and lots of rubber bands. Then he stows away on a ship headed for the island. Along the way, Elmer meets many exotic animals who try to sidetrack him, but Elmer has some tricks up his sleeve … or more precisely, in his knapsack. One way or another, he will rescue the dragon! Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon contains the trilogy of classics that has been delighting children for more than seventy years, and which has inspired the Netflix film: My Father’s Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland.


ISBN: 9781800753044

Published: November 10, 2022


ISBN: 9781800753051

Published: November 3, 2022


Reviews for Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon

‘A real delight’ – New Yorker

‘A fresh and original plot, delightfully logical nonsense, appealing characters and irrepressible humour’ – New York Times


Ruth Stiles Gannett

Ruth Stiles Gannett wrote My Father’s Dragon just a few years after her graduation in 1944. It was an immediate success, becoming a Newbery Honor Book, and was soon followed by two sequels, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. All three dragon stories have been continuously in print in America in the more than 70 years since their publication. The author’s other books include Katie and the Sad Noise and The Wonderful House-Boat-Train. She was married to the artist and calligrapher Peter Kahn, before his death in 1997. She has seven daughters and eight grandchildren. Visit her online at