Sunday, August 8, 2010

1 Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George


Title: Dragon Slippers
Author: Jessica Day George
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: March 20, 2007
paperback 352 pages
ISBN: 13:978-1-59990-275-3

Creel, the heroine of Dragon Slippers is hardly a damsel-in-distress. After her aunt totes her out to the local dragon in desperation (with the hope that the local prince will rescue her from certain death and marry her), Creel refuses the haughty prince and finds friendship with the dragons, who set her on a journey to the center of the kingdom with a pretty pair of what only seem to be ordinary slippers. Along the way we discover Creel's enormous talent at embroidery, and you can't help but linger over the rich descriptions of her lovely tapestry-like gowns, which quickly make her the most sought-after dressmaker in the kingdom. But soon enough those mysterious slippers begin to wreak havoc, and it's up to Creel to save the kingdom from disaster and defend the dragons from certain doom. Creel's feisty spirit breathes fiery new life into this epic world at every turn.

I found this book by accident. I was looking up another book in my library's card catalog when the message "O results found, Did you mean ...." . Well no, I didn't mean this book, but it didn't stop me from checking it out anyway. I liked this book from the beginning. It didn't take me long to warm up to the characters. I really liked the main character Creel. She was a take charge sort of heroine taking fate into her own hands. She doesn't sit around waiting to get rescued. Creel is brave, resourceful, and clever. She comes across many obstacles and handles them accordingly. The dragons are fierce with quirky personalities . They all have a different fetish for collecting things. I liked them a lot too. Jessica Day George has created a wonderful fantasy world. The story was very entertaining. It didn't take me long to finish this book. I would recommend this book to anyone 9 years old and up. Dragon Slippers is the first book in a trilogy. I can't wait to read the next two but sadly my library only had this one.


*picture and summary taken from Goodreads

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