The Elves' Big Adventure, written and illustrated by Daniela Drescher
Features: A surprise, beautiful, 4-page foldout picture of the hot-air balloon rising high into the sky!
Publisher: Floris Books
Size: approximately 22 x 26 cm
NB: Horror! This title is now Out of Print!
(Books should NEVER be allowed to go out of print, in our humble - and completely biased - opinion!)
We will keep an eye on it, and will re-order it for the store,
if (when??) it is re-printed. Fingers crossed, beautiful people!
Peace, Juliette & Heath
Old Redcap, an wise inventor elf, is proud of his greatest creation - a hot-air balloon with wings for steering! One day, Bluecap, a young elf, comes rushing through the woods. A fox has nibbled at the ropes that keep the balloon from floating away! Redcap and Bluecap each grab a rope, but cannot keep the balloon from rising into the sky ... with the two elves still attached!
Eventually darkness falls, along with the balloon. When they awake the next morning, they find themselves in the land of the fairies. They have become stuck on rocks, that are not actually rocks at all, but turn out to be a sleeping dragon.
Their adventure has only just begun . . . .
About the Author:
Daniela Drescher was born in Munich and trained in art therapy before living for a time in America and Switzerland. She has worked intensively with children in a therapeutic capacity for ten years and currently provides illustrations for a parenting magazine. She has written and illustrated several children's books, including In the Land of Fairies, In the Land of Elves, In the Land of Merfolk,
and What's Hiding in There?
(each available separately through Little Acorn Books).
"An exciting, but gentle adventure. My 2 year old son and 4 year old daughter both love this book. The adventure is exciting, yet gentle enough that it does not inspire any fear. In fact, the dragon is a gentle, guardian dragon - a perfect way to introduce little ones to the concept of a dragon. The illustrations are gorgeous - suitable for framing! My kids especially love the fold-out extra-large page that shows the hot air balloon floating up into the sky at the beginning of the story. This book is popular with Waldorf families for good reason!" - Rachel at EuphoriaBaby.com (from Amazon)
"A whimsical tale which will appeal to many children. Children handling the book will surely enjoy the fact that, unusually, the illustration of the balloon folds out on itself to become twice as big as a double-page spread." - Mary Medlicott, The School Librarian, Autumn 2007
"Gorgeous watercolour illustrations." - Frances Perkins, The Bournemouth Daily Echo
"Daniela Drescher is without a doubt our favorite children's book illustrator. Her work is luminous and inspiring. The plot of this book is more involved than in her other books (In the Land of Elves, In the Land of Fairies, In the Land of Merfolk). Since the drama is centered around specific characters, it's for a slightly older age group. Although my three-year-old enjoys it, it speaks more to my seven-year-old. I think around age 5 is about the time when a child would be able to come fully into the story. It also features a little bit of dragon imagery (it's a kind dragon, not a scary one), which makes this a perfect book for Michaelmas time (Sept. 29), if your family celebrates this festival." - MamaG (from Amazon)
"My daughter and I read this book together. The way it is written and the length of the story is right for tiddlypeeps and young tweens. It is a lovely book and the illustrations are pretty. My daughter enjoyed listening to this story and it held her attention whilst we were pointing out the creatures and fairies in the picture, too." - Totz2teens Member Review
"My sons (ages 5 and 10) love this book! There are not many books for boys that have such a simple and kind story. Some wonderful surprises! A great adventure story and Daniela's illustrations are amazing." - J Miller (from Amazon)