... unlike Tinker and Tucker, whom Papa Lovelygrey secretly sold as slaves, the dragons are not missing but are alive and well in Louis' bookshelf. It's a lovely imaginative story with lovely black and white line drawings. I read it over and over again and think that it deserves to be better known. And, as my own little man attests, it still appeals to a twenty first century audience.
So, if you're stumped for a present for a small primary school aged being, give it a try. Although it's out of print, copies still come up for sale on Amazon. I've included the link to the hardback version that I owned before handing it down to posterity, but there are paperbacks too. This tale taught me a valuable lesson in life. For goodness sakes if the Sandman eludes you, don't experiment with counting fierce creatures. It's best to stick to sheep!