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4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,263 Ratings  ·  1,907 Reviews
Many stories tell of damsels in distress, who are rescued from the clutches of fire-breathing dragons by knights in shining armor, and swept off to live happily ever after.

Unfortunately, this is not one of those stories.

True, when Creel's aunt suggests sacrificing her to the local dragon, it is with the hope that the knight will marry Creel and that everyone (aunt and fami
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published 2006)
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May 17, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My first published novel, and I have to say: I am pretty DARN impressed with myself! I read it aloud to my son (6 years old) because he wanted to know what was in Mommy's books. He liked it as well!
Apr 08, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Shelves: series, fantasy, 2010
This book reminded me of when I had my fantasy phase. All I would read was fantasy (I know better now) but I would have gobble this up then just like I did now.

Creel is a poor girl from Carlieff, she has lost her mother and father and is now living with her aunt. Her aunt has the "genius" idea to send Creel to purposely get taken by a dragon, so that a charming prince will rescue and of course marry her. Through that marriage the whole family would benefit and no longer be scraping by to make
May 01, 2008 Cassie rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books that completely surprised me. I thought I had an idea of what the book was going to be about because the initial premise is “Girl’s family is poor, aunt decides giving her to a dragon to be rescued will improve their life immensely,” and that premise reminds me a great deal of Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede. So I was expecting a humorous fantasy tale filled with wacky adventures. Instead, I got a somewhat humorous political story with a strong female heroine w ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All my friends--and all lovers of YA fantasy
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Bravo! I have to confess, as much as I try to keep my tastes liberal (I read classics, memoirs, fiction and non-fiction), this is really my favorite kind of book. I'm proud to be your goodreads friend, Jessica--this book was pure fun! I especially liked the subtle reference to Goose Girl, another of my favorite reads.

This book is the rags-to-riches, up-by-her-bootstraps story of a plucky, talented girl who happens to run into dragons a lot. I loved the characters and the humor. I was glad to se
Jan 07, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it
Creel doesn’t particularly care for her aunt – and Creel’s aunt doesn’t particularly care for her, either, considering that she tries to sell Creel to a dragon. After Creel’s parents passed away she had no choice but to reside with her aunt. But when her extended family runs into financial problems, Creel is sent to face a dragon in hopes of getting a dashing – and wealthy – knight to save her. Things take a more interesting turn when Creel walks away with a blue pair of slippers and a dream of ...more
May 28, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the British edition of Dragon Slippers. I love it, it's a fun cover, and they've changed the spellings: color to colour, etc. Also, they made me take out the word 'bloody', which is in the American version!
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Jul 26, 2013 Lady Vigilante (Feifei) rated it it was amazing
I read this book 4 years ago and I re-read it recently so some of my views have changed.

4.5 stars!

I distinctly remember why I chose to read this book. It wasn't because of the cover (if that is Shardas on the cover, it's a bit disappointing); Ms. George's writing just sucks you in from the very first page. Though this is clearly fantasy, the story is believable and the characters are compelling.

Creel is from a poor family in little Carlieff Town, and is presented as a sacrifice as part of her
I love the Buffy film, and Legally Blonde, because they take young women with girly interests and use those to literally and metaphorically kick ass. The heroine here is a talented seamstress, in a world where dressmaking is entirely manual labor. While I enjoy a story about a girl taking up a sword to fight a dragon, a story in which a girl makes a deal with a dragon is even better. And also, it reminds me of Dealing with Dragons.


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Apr 02, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who liked Dealing with Dragons, Ella Enchanted, Fortunes Folly
Shelves: fantasy
I've been putting this book off for a while now. My only excuse is that I got caught up in rereading older favorites and newly released books. I kind of had this great picture in my mind of how this book would be. As per usual it was different than I thought and as per usual it was in a good way.

Hating to be a burden and hoping for a new and better life Creel reluctantly agrees to go with her Aunt's crazy plan to be captured by a dragon. Her Aunt hopes to get a wealthy knight/prince to rescue h
Dec 21, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
When the family farm is in peril of foreclosure, Creel's aunt decides that Creel should visit the dragon on the hill in order to be saved by a knight who will also rescue the family's fortunes. Creel rolls her eyes but finds herself throwing rocks at the cave entrance anyway, never seriously expecting to see a dragon. But a dragon is there, even if he is old and tired and collects shoes instead of gold. He gifts Creel with a pair of shoes of her choice and Creel, after choosing a beautiful pair ...more
Dec 07, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it liked it
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

Following the death of her parents, Creel and her brother are grudgingly taken in by her aunt and uncle. While her brother can pull his weight and helps out on the impoverished farm, Creel, unfortunately, has slightly less to offer. She has no dowry, no special beauty or magical ability, and therefore has limited prospects for marriage. To her aunt, Creel is another mouth to feed, until said aunt comes up with the brilliantly ridiculous idea to get rid of
I'm sorry to say this book was not as good as I expected. I was about to give it 2 stars until I reached the final few chapters that got me me sitting up in my chair with wide eyes trying to absorb the story as quickly as possible to satisfy my curiosity. I find that this novel has a great plot... but the characters personality and actions are most debatable.

Creel, the heroine main character, is very intelligent as proven many times in the story. She outwitted wise dragons that have lived for c
Feb 23, 2008 Sabine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I had the opportunity to meet Dragon Slippers author Jessica Day George at the LTUE conference this past month. She was completely delightful and tons of fun, and her book was as great as she was. It is the story of a young girl named Creel who is given to a dragon when her family can no longer support her. I was enchanted from the first line on which reads: It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon.
From that moment on I knew I had a winning book in my hands. Creel is a great heroine
Dec 22, 2015 Matt rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
I've been searching for books that I can share with my daughters, so I checked this out based on recommendations for best books for young readers. Turns out, it's already one of her favorite books, and she was mystified when it showed up in the library reserves because she knew she hadn't reserved it.

I shouldn't be too surprised. I think she's already read more books than I have. And, I can see why she likes the story. It's got a spunky no-nonsense heroine and a lot of sweet little touches, plus
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it liked it
Okay--probably more like 3.5 stars. I discovered this book when a friend recommended it, and I love just anything dragon :). The story is sweet and fun, with a likable main character and a twist on the dragon-as-treasure-hoarder trope.

I did, at one point, almost stop reading because the dragons moved to the background and the story started to slow, but I am very glad I gave it a second shot because the plot picked up again right after the point I'd considered stopping. The dragons came back int
This is one of my all time favorites. I might even go so far as to say it IS my ALL TIME favorite.

This book is amazing! I have read it so many times I have the first line memorized (well, really the whole first page), and that line had me hooked the very first time I read it. "It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon." Creel lives with her aunt and uncle on their poor farm with lots of impoverished cousins. Her silly aunt decides to give creel to a dragon in the hopes that a dashing
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Heather Brinkerhoff Burdsal
I wanted to love this book, but I could only like it.

First, Creel. I mean, Creel? Come on, son.

Now, down to the business of my book malaise. The foundation of the story doesn't sit well with me. I am hung up on the whole slipper procurement. I know the title of the book is "Dragon Slippers," but really, the way she came by them makes no sense.

Creel originally wanted something of value from the dragon's hoard, like a fancy schmancy goblet, to sell for some quick cash to get her to the King's Sea
Small Review
Jessica Day George is rapidly becoming one of my new favorite authors. Her books are like cotton candy. They're light, sweet, and happy. There are antagonists and hurdles, but you know they'll be resolved and good will prevail in the end. Sometimes things work out a little too perfectly, but this comes across in a more cozy, heartwarming, makes-this-reader-happy way than in an annoying Mary Sue manner. When you just want to take a break from life and get lost in a "nice" book that'll make you sm ...more
Amber Ditullio
Feb 08, 2013 Amber Ditullio rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks, ya
I was first introduced to Jessica Day George's writing when I read about her book Tuesdays in the Castle. A sentient castle? Princes and Princesses who need to be in charge when their parents are feared dead? People out to get them? Perfect. As soon as I finished reading it at the end of last year, I put the next book in the series, Wednesdays in the Castle, on my Goodreads Want to Read list.

I don't know why I hadn't gone looking for more of her books. I think it was the sheer number of books al
Jan 02, 2012 Kaylabee rated it liked it
I saw this book on my "recommendations" list. And, naturally, instantly added it to my "to-read" list. I mean, the title is just so enticing. Dragons AND shoes!?!? No. Flippin'. Way. I HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. (not to mention the awesome looking dragon on the cover.)
So then I check it out at my local library (which was surprising since apparently somebody in this town keeps on checking out ALL OF THE BOOKS that I want to read before I get there. (whoever you are, I WILL find you. And I WILL pu
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing

This book gives a whole new meaning to the word “dragons.” In this book the dragons actually interact with humans and have their own personalities. These dragons also have collections. One of them collects DOGS. Can you picture that?

I really liked Creel as the main character. She was spunky and didn’t sit and wait for fate to take its course. Another thing I liked was the budding relationship between Creel and the prince. I saw love in the air with those two! The setting was amazing! Fanta
Jan 11, 2010 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Delightful! I am rating this a full five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish, even if it may not be new or challenging or "amazing." It was, instead, a very fun surprise of a book that I picked up randomly off the library shelf (only to find now that my good reader friends Jean and Donna have already read and loved this book), and that I got caught up into (smiling all the while, I might add) right from the first sentence. I liked that it was absolutely clean (not a hint o ...more
Jun 01, 2009 Luca rated it it was amazing
This is a GOOD book. I finished it... yesterday. i think this book is a good read for girls who aren't " i going to sit and sew and be girlie all day long". This book is about a girl named Creel, who's aunt sends her to be held captive by a dragon. Creel bargains with the Dragon and leave with a pair of slippers. She doesn't want to go home, so she sets off for the King's Seat, the city which the king lives himself. Creel can do embroidery well and hopes to find a job. Along the way she meets Sh ...more
Apr 02, 2008 Allanna rated it really liked it
Recommended to Allanna by: Shannon Hale
I expected this to be rather like any other of the dragon books I've read before ... You know: child meets dragon, becomes friends, they fly around, maybe meet some people, blah, blah, blah ...

This is a little different. There's a little resemblance to Shannon Hale's "Goose Girl" books in the flavor.

A purpose-driven and capable heroine who deals with her problems in a very matter-of-fact way. Who accepts her responsibilities ... who knows how to use her talents.

I'd be very glad if my children r
Mar 21, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I decided to revisit all three books in Jessica Day George's dragon series. I remember loving these when they first came out, but, I just haven't made time for a reread. Until now!

In Dragon Slippers, readers meet Creel, our heroine. Her aunt wants to "sacrifice" her to the local dragon, so that she can be "rescued" by a hero--hopefully a wealthy hero who will fall madly in love with her and want to marry her and support his wife's family. Creel doesn't particularly want to be left o
Ruth ☆☽
May 17, 2015 Ruth ☆☽ rated it liked it
Three and a half stars for this sweet and amusing 'fairy story' about dragons, maidens and handsome princes - somewhat in the style of Patricia C Wrede's 'Enchanted Forest' series. An excellent tale to curl up with on a cold, winter's evening.
Dec 27, 2014 Jaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, blogged
This review is also available on my blog.

This is my third time attempting to review this book. I've been coming back to it periodically for almost a year now, never able to get my feelings about it down on paper. The first time I wound up just summarizing the entire story (pretty poorly, at that). The second time I got started talking about how much I love it and describing Creel, the main character. Somehow I lost my oomph halfway through my seventh line, and never really got it back. But now I
Nov 23, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
For the first fifty pages or so of this book, I was just annoyed. The author went out of her way to establish that Creel, the main character, was not pretty- oh, but wait! She was smart. Ugh. Why? Whywhywhywhy? Why must it always be one or the other? Can't a girl be smart AND pretty? Or better yet, why does it even matter how she looks? Especially since this detail didn't really do anything to advance the story except give the reason why the protagonist thought no dragon would ever kidnap her. I ...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places

Creel and her brother are taken in by their aunt and uncle after their parents die, unfortunately for Creel, their aunt doesn’t think much of Creel and her prospects. Instead of acting as a loving aunt should, Creel’s caregiver decides to drop Creel off near a dragon’s lair. It is her hope that the dragon will abduct Creel and in turn, attract an adventurous heir of some type of fortune that will then provide for Creel and her entire family.

Creel does,
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“But I really would love to give her a very special gift. I was hoping if I did, she might give me a kiss in return, instead of the brotherly hugs I always get instead.” 78 likes
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