An alley cat directs Elmer Elevator to Tangerina to rescue a captured baby dragon with the help of 2 dozen pink lollipops, rubber bands, chewing gum, and a comb. The first book ends with them leaving the island and the sequel picks up having just left the island and they struggle to find their way home.
I used to shelve these books often when I worked as a library aide. The cover appealed to me, but I just never got around to reading them (OK listening to them while I drove) until now. These two books are one of those perfectly plotted books where everything comes together in a satisfying conclusion. The one loose end left at the end is has Elmer seen the last of his dragon? but other than that the author remembers every stray tangerine peel and it comes back again. They are really little gems. Simple and short, these take place in a contemporary (to the 1950s) fantasy world where everyone seems to live on an island, all animals talk, and nobody is astonished to discover a dragon being used as a source of transportation. A pleasant way to spend some time and a nice book to share with a child. I highly recommend both dragon books. I should mention that Elmer runs away in order to save the dragon and says he thinks it serves his mother right for tossing his pet cat out of the house, so you might not want to share it with very young children.
UPDATED October 14 2017: I added a link to the dragon book cover and my signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.