Storybook fancy meets real experience in a young boy's mischief.
Once upon a time there was a room full of treasure guarded by ferocious dragons... or so a young boy pretends as his parents prepare his birthday party. The "treasure" is really a table full of party goodies, and the "dragons" are the family's cat and dog. When the boy dares to sneak a treat, he awakens the beasts and faces exile... to the backyard.
Undeterred, our little hero outwits the guardian dragons with a little trickery, the weaving of a spell, and a whole lot of courage. But when his parents catch the conquering crusader covered in the sweet spoils of icing, it looks like The End... or at least a time-out in his bedroom. Fortunately, the party does go on, and everyone lives happily ever after -- as it should be in all good fairy tales.
Sharon Jennings is a language arts editor, children's drama teacher, and children's author. Her previous works include No Monsters Here with Ruth Ohi and the award-winning Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming books. She lives in Toronto.
Ron Lightburn is a multiple award-winning illustrator of several books for children, including How Smudge Came (1996 Mr. Christie Book Award) and Waiting for the Whales (1992 Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration). He lives in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
With a short text and a series of large-scale oil paintings in sunny colors, this simple book offers an imaginative experience for young children enchanted by fairy tales.