Baby Dragon knows he must wait for his mother by the red fern. He knows she’ll be back by morning. So he passes the time counting his claws, drawing in the sand, and taking naps.
But as night falls, Baby Dragon starts to worry. What if his mother doesn’t come back?
“Hillenbrand's… expressive artwork shines in this well-structured story about a baby dragon that grows restless while waiting for his mother to return from an overnight trip… [He] uses a variety of media, then tweaks it all digitally to achieve layered, batiklike effects- despite the dense patterning, his compositions are light and harmonious. Winning.”
“Hillenbrand's illustrations, done with ink, colored pencil, finger paint, gouache, and collage, and digitally manipulated, bring to life Baby Dragon's misty tropical forest where water buffaloes wander and storks splash in the river.”