"The Wonderful House-Boat Train is a story about a retired railroad engineer, Pops Pops, and his four grandchildren, who are all looking for a home...Katie and the Sad Noise, a beginner's book, is about a little girl who hears peculiar noises. When she
tells her parents, they become so worried that they talk to Katie's teachers. Suspense builds, and ends with a Christmas surprise.
"Gannett's trilogy, My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, and The Dragons of Blueland, is a blend of childlike straightforwardness and a sense of the fantastic. In My Father's Dragon, Gannett demonstrates her understanding of little boys through the
character of Elmer, who decides to go to Wild Island to free the baby dragon. Elmer and the Dragon continues his adventure with humor and nonsense as elements of a child's world. Gannett's attention to detail is indicative of her understanding of a child'
s curiosity. She describes food, history, and the contents of a treasure chest in a lively style. In the final installment of the trilogy, The Dragons of Blueland, Elmer and the baby dragon, Boris, set off on their final adventure to rescue Boris's
family from a cave..."
"Gannett illustrated both children's and adult books, and her work is noted for its detail, charm, and in the Elmer books, its sense of humor. In 1946 she received as Caldecott Honor citation for My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. This
book is based upon as Russian folk tale about a little girl's search for her mother, who for her truly is the most beautiful woman in the world. Gannett's illustrations were praised by critics for their detail and charm, and their illumination of the
little girl's vision of her mother."