Sail Away Dragon
Barbara Joosse and Randy Cecil
The twosome from Lovabye Dragon and Evermore Dragon return as the friends sally forth, with wicker basket, spyglass, banner, box of ‘goodie gumdrops’ and horn, for an adventure on the ocean.
As they sail towards the far-est Far Away they encounter dolphins, spouting whales, Bad Hats …
from whom they acquire a cat and thus sail on in ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ style for a year and a day till they begin to despair they’ll ever reach their Far Away destination.
They do however; and thereon they consume the goodie gumdrops, dance, sound their horn and write a note which they place in a bottle and cast upon the ocean.
Thereafter they sleep and dream beneath the stars.
Like all magical adventures though, home calls through their dreams and so homewards they sail, passing wondrous sights
until each returns to separate slumbering quarters – Girl to her ‘pluffy little eiderdown bed’ and Dragon to lie curled above the castle door ‘guarding Girl, his friend forevermore.’
The combination of Joosse’s dreamy lilting text and Cecil’s beautiful, textured scenes is magical. The whole thing has the lingering, haunting quality of a dream one doesn’t want to end.
If you’ve yet to meet this enchanting pair, do try their latest adventure.