The author of The Dream of the Dormouse (1963, p. 53 (J-21) steps again into a realm of fantasy, this time with tongue in cheek. Three rather lazy, self-satisfied prisoners -- a cat, a raccoon, and a frog -- are given a sudden opportunity to atone for their crimes while proving their bravery. A dragon, described by various citizens in several ways has been terrorizing the village for weeks; the kindly king sends off the three into the depths of the forest to find him. The cowardly soldiers of the king, fearing disgrace, try to scare the prisoners with odd devices, but they fail. The dragon, a Komodo monster, dies of indigestion, and the cat, raccoon and frog return heroes. Humorous, low pressured, but soon without the author's illustrations which can be relied on to spark the text.