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Kate Klimo. The Dragon In the Sock Drawer
Random House $16.99 ISBN 978-0-375-85587-0  176 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

Uncle Joe sighed. Then he put in the biggest, sharpest, strongest blade he had. It had long, jagged teeth, like a hyena's.

Daisy pulled Jesse one more step back. Uncle Joe switched on the saw.

This time, when the blade touched the rock, purple and green sparks flew every which way. The machine shrieked like a banshee. Then the blade exploded, sending bits of sharp metal flying as the rock shot out of the vise.

The cousins yelped and dived for cover.

The rock flew clear across the room and crashed through the window.

When Jesse decided to opt out of his parent's decision to move to Africa, he never expected he'd find a real dragon. Living with his best friend and cousin Daisy has proved to be exciting for the two fantasy lovers, but when a daytrip with Daisy's father, a geologist, takes a strange turn, the cousins are in for their biggest adventure yet.

Daisy and Jesse keep a "Museum of Magic" filled with seemingly ordinary things that their imaginations turn into strange and mystical artifacts and weapons. But the rock that talks to Jesse is far from child's play. In fact, after refusing to be cut open by a saw, it hatches in Jesse's sock drawer! Emmy the dragon is cute and curious and very, very hungry. The cousins thought it was hard enough trying to keep her hidden from Daisy's parents, but when an evil dragon slayer tricks them into giving away Emmy, the fun adventure turns into a dangerous race to save the entire world. With the help of a mysterious website, Daisy and Jesse make a plan to rescue Emmy from the clutches of the dragon slayer. But what if they're too late?

The Dragon In the Sock Drawer is a whimsical diversion for curious minds. It fits neatly into the 8-12 target age group and though the language is rather simple and the book is a short read, I found I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Younger readers will devour the book and the only thing older ones need to do is get into the mindset of a younger child. At times it can be contrived and the twists can be seen from a mile away but if you remember the intended audience, it is much easier to relax and just enjoy a fantastical story. The Dragon In the Sock Drawer is upbeat, interesting and it makes an awesome addition to elementary school classrooms and libraries. I'll never admit it in public, but I'm actually looking forward to a sequel!

I give Kate Klimo's The Dragon In the Sock Drawer four stars.

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