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Dragon Slippers

by Jessica Day George
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
  • Publishing date: 20/03/2007
  • Language: Français
  • ISBN-13: 9781599900575
  • ISBN: 1599900572


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, making this one of the most memorable and fun fantasy debuts to hit shelves since Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart.

Read "The Brown Dragon of Carlieff," the first chapter of Jessica Day George’s Dragon Slippers.

Five Questions for Jessica Day George In fantasy novels, dragons are typically fierce and fearsome. In Dragon Slippers however, Shardas and Feniul are peaceful, caring creatures who are dangerous only under the sway of human control. What was your inspiration for re-imagining this legendary species?

Jessica Day George: I had a number of imaginary friends growing up, all of them talking animals: a wolf, some horses, a tiger. And a dragon. Oh, I wanted a dragon for a friend so badly! (Still do!) There are books where the dragon is not the bad guy (Anne McCaffrey, Gordon Dickson), but I wanted still more. I wanted the dragons to have their own lives: friends, hobbies, food allergies. I saw no reason why large, magical, intelligent creatures couldn't be just like humans--only scaly and winged. If humans can be good or evil, vain or kind, why can't dragons? Your descriptions of Creel’s "fancywork" are so rich with detail and color that I have to believe that you must be an expert sewer yourself. Are you? Can you tell us more about why you chose this particular talent for your heroine?

Jessica Day George: I can sew, although I doubt very much a duchess would hire me to make her a gown! Creel sprang into my head as a fully formed personality with her own talents and opinions firmly intact, I just knew that her name was Creel, she had freckles, and she wanted to be a dressmaker. The "fancywork" developed as a way for her to pay homage to her friend Shardas and his collection. Why do the dragons in Dragon Slippers hoard treasured human possessions like shoes and dogs instead of gold? Shardas’ collection of beautiful stained glass is particularly unique--does this tell us anything about his true nature?

Jessica Day George: People collect all kinds of crazy things: spoons, stamps, books. I once lived next door to a woman with sixty (yep, 6-0) toy poodles. So why should dragons not all hoard the same thing? Why not tapestries or pets or shoes? And what makes Creel and Shardas such good friends, I think, is that they both have a good eye for color and form. They can both appreciate the way colors combine, the way light changes the look of things and plays off the colors. Of all the fantasy literature you’ve read, is there a particular author who inspired you to write your own novel? What would be your top five favorite books in the genre?

Jessica Day George: The first time I read Robin McKinley's Damar novels (The Hero and the Crown, The Blue Sword) I thought "Yes! This is what goes on in my head! I could do this!" If I had to narrow it down to five favorites (only five?!), I would say: Beauty by Robin McKinley, Tam Lin by Pamela Dean, The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams, His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik, and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. (Those all count as one big book, right?) What’s next in store for Creel and Luka? Will they have more dragon adventures in your next book?

Jessica Day George: My next book is not connected to Dragon Slippers at all, but the one after that will be a sequel. I hate to spoil any surprises, but we will get to see what happens when a dragon turns evil (of its own free will). There are also two weddings, Marta gets a pet monkey, and Feniul falls in love.

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  • young at heart
    From Amazon

    I know this was specified for readers about jr. high age, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and the sequels.

  • Thought I Was IN the Story
    From Amazon

    Dragon Slippers is about a girl who meets a few dragons and goes on an adventure to the Kings Seat. That girl's name is Creel. When Creel's aunt sacrifices her to a dragon, the dragon lets her go. The dragon collects shoes so he lets her choose a pair of shoes. Creel wanted a blue pair of slippers so the dragon let her have them. Creel doesn't want to wait for a knight to rescue her so she goes off into the woods. Another dragon takes her into his cave. He couldn't resist, and Creel doesn't know why. The dragon didn't do anything bad to her; he kept her in his cave and made friends with her. After a while of being in the dragon's cave, Creel goes to the Kings Seat in search for a job as a seamstress. She goes into The Kings Seat late at night and there is a curfew there that she didn't know about. The price walks around and finds Creel and brings her to an inn. The next day Creel finds work as a seamstress. A while later she goes back to the dragon's cave and gives a visit to the dragon. Then she finds out those slippers aren't ordinary slippers... That's where all the action begins. I thought this was a great book. I don't like to read, and I couldn't put the book down. I didn't even notice I was on the couch reading; I thought I was in the story. The detail in the book is amazing. I could picture everything in my head. The vocabulary in the book is so good that I had to look up some of the words in the dictionary or ask someone. After I had read the whole book I just wanted to get the other book, Dragon Flight. Dragon Flight is a great book also. Dragon Slippers is one of the books that is for all people who like fantasy. Andrew S. Grade 6 Ms. Kawatachi

  • awesome!
    From Amazon

    This book was fabulous. Engaged from first page to the last. Loved it.

  • A New Favorite
    From Amazon

    I read this book to my 4 children, 3 boys and girl, ages 9 and 7, and saying they loved it is an understatement. They all hung on every word and begged and bargained for another chapter each night. One of my boys was so enthralled he went on to read Dragon Flight and Dragon Spear before the rest of us were able to read the next stories together. My son then listened to the next two stories as they were read to his siblings during the next week or so. Each of the stories is wonderful with outstanding vocabulary and a lovely approach to a budding romance-an uncommon find in many books. We are all ready and waiting for Creel's next adventure. Thank you for three such wonderful reads.

  • Who wouldn't want a dragon for a friend?
    From Amazon

    This engaging and creative story follows a young girl named Creel whose aunt decides to try and feed her to a dragon and see if she won't be rescued by some wealthy hero and save the family fortunes! But Creel is far more enterprising, and proves to be delightful and resourceful, as she makes her way in the world - a world where dragons exist and can talk and collect and hoard - not gold, but whatever tickles each of their individual fancies! Creel becomes "inducted," if you will, into this world of dragon culture - a world that is grossly misunderstood by the human population. The story is funny and witty and the characters - especially the dragons - are appealing and real. I love this book - it's one of my all-time favorites - in any genre - but especially in the world of YA fantasy.

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