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The dragon in the sock drawer
Klimo, Kate
Children's Fiction KLIMO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At the start of this workmanlike series opener, fantasy-loving 10-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy are convinced that sooner or later they [will] have a magical adventure of their own. When Jesse finds a geode, aka a thunder egg, both can hear it talking; in short enough order, it hatches into a dragon. As its chosen Dragon Keepers, the cousins must protect little Emmy (for Emerald) from an evil Dragon Slayer, who, by day, is a herpetologist at the local college. Klimo, v-p and publisher of Random House/ Golden Books Young Readers Group, leaves a lot unexplained, including why the Dragon Slayer wants to drink Emmy's blood and why doing so could spell doom, not only for Emerald, but for the world, as a 19th-century dragonologist tells them via a Harry Potter-esque use of the Internet. And while Jesse and Daisy are likable enough, their quest is not as noble nor as exciting as readers of this genre can reasonably expect; the ending--the dragon disguises herself as a sheepdog which the cousins keep as a pet--falls flat. Ages 8-12. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

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