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The Dragon in the Sock Drawer (Dragon Keepers #1)

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A favorite dragon book—now in paperback!

Ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So it’s a wish come true when Jesse’s newly found thunder egg hatches and a helpless, tiny, but very loud, baby dragon pops out. Soon the two kids are at the dragon’s beck and call, trying to figure out what to feed her. An Internet search le
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Random House (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
This is the first book in the Dragon Keepers series by Kate Klimo and John Shroades. We discovered this series by chance during a library visit and my oldest is enthralled. She read this book almost nonstop until she finished it and we've quickly put the next three books in the series on hold at our local library. She really hopes that more will be published soon!

I found the book to be a quick, entertaining read. It's a great book to introduce children into the sci-fi/fantasy genre and has some
Kathy Martin
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute middle grade or upper elementary fantasy about two cousins who find a dragon in a geode. Jesse and Daisy are best friends and both are believers in magic. They have created their own magical museum in an abandoned barn that has become their playhouse. Daisy's dad is a geologist. On one trip with him, Jesse finds a geode that his uncle calls a thunder egg. What he doesn't mention right away is that the egg talks to him. After Uncle Joe is unsuccessful at cutting open the geode, Jes ...more
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I just read this book out loud to my 7 year-old son, and I'm not sure which one of us enjoyed it more! The writing is enticing and the storyline one that hooks your attention. The elements of fantasy (the discovery and hatching of a dragon egg) are delightful, and the characters are real enough for kids to relate to. Although the book is fantasy, the story is well-crafted and believable. My son is a reluctant reader, and this book captured his imagination and we can't wait for the release of the ...more
Candy Atkins
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very cute. Probably the best ages to read this would be 6-9 depending on the reader.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 4th-grade
Book 1 of Kate Klimo’s Dragon Keepers series, The Dragon in the Sock Drawer, finds cousins Jesse and Daisy caring for and protecting their newly hatched dragon. Emmy, whose name is really Emerald, hatches out of an egg that Jesse thought was a geode, and she immediately begins to grow. In fact, she doubles her size every day. The kids tell Daisy’s dad, Joe, that Emmy is a green basilisk lizard from Costa Rica. Unfortunately, their lie lands them in trouble because Joe, thinking that someone has ...more
Shala K.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The six-year-old loves this series. We had been reading it one chapter at a time together at storytime but she got too impatient with that and stole the book to read on her own. She is very generously allowing me to continue reading this book to her in the evenings even though she is two books ahead in the series already.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I randomly picked up this book for my 3rd grade son to read this summer. He really enjoyed it so I (half-jokingly) said I would read it too. I just finished it today, and I'll have to say I thought it was a cute book! I really like that the author finds a way to explain the definition of big words to the reader, in a fun way. Cute story. I think we'll both read #2! :)
Anna Nesterovich
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
I read this book aloud to my 6 year old, and he was very excited. It's his first fiction book without illustrations, and I'm glad we found something that wasn't over his head and made him laugh quite a lot. We finished it in three sittings and are going to continue reading the series.

I only wish that "age appropriate" characters wouldn't be that silly and unrealistic. A stranger stands in you hall, calls your kids thieves, and demands to search your house. What do you do? Right, call the police.
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My daughter read this series and talked about it so much that I had to start it. Jesse finds a thunder rock while out hiking with his cousin Daisy. His uncle thinks it's a geode and tries to break it open, but it doesn't work. Jesse puts it in his sock drawer. A day later a dragon hatches from it. A cute green dragon they name Emerald, Emmy for short. This one event changes the cousins summer. They are now Dragon Keepers and must keep Emmy safe. Emmy is a fun character. And a hungry one! I reall ...more
Emma Goldberg
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nancy Kotkin
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer
by Kate Klimo

This middle-grade novel is a fantasy about a pair of ten-year-old cousins who find a geode that really turns out to be a dragon egg. The egg soon hatches and the cousins are now “dragon keepers”, assisted by a mysterious web site. (This is a real web site maintained by Random House.) As a plot complication, there is an evil dragon slayer, posing as a university herpetologist in town, who is after the dragon. However, the cousins take exemplary care of th
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for

This is the story of ten-year-old cousins Jesse and Daisy, who look every day for something magical to happen to them.

They find what they believe is a geode called a Thunder egg. The "Thunder egg," though, turns out to be a dragon egg - and thus begins the story of two young Dragon Keepers.

I thoroughly enjoyed THE DRAGON IN THE SOCK DRAWER from beginning to end. Jesse and Daisy learn as the days pass how to take care of their new charge
Jan 17, 2016 added it
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo is a fantastically written book that Features the main protagonists, Jesse and Daisy who suddenly have a dragon in their possession who they have to protect from the villain, Dr. St. George. This book does not have much complex language and is a book that seems more suitable for younger readers. It is also relatively short with a page count of about 165 pages, and it makes for a quick read. I read this book for the first time a few years ago, and decid ...more
Little Miss and the Legomeister
Little Miss is obsessed with this story, repeatedly checking out the audio book, listening every night, calling herself by the main character's name (Jesse not Daisy), and carrying around- talking to and about- a small plastic dragon she calls Emmy.

It is a really cute story, at a young reader's level, with fun characters and a very cute dragon.

Content Note: It might bother some, although it doesn't me, that the villain in the story is St. George, the Dragon Slayer. He is not viewed as a religio
Joey Woolfardis
Feb 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bloody-cack, 2015
I enjoy children's books almost as much as their intended audience, but perhaps I am being too harsh, but I didn't find this book particularly interesting. Written fairly well with a strong opening, but still I found that it spoke down to the reader, as opposed to speaking to them.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favourites
This book was funny, interesting and scary at times. I really liked that the dragon could talk. She was really funny when she did.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 4th grade son and I read this chapter book independently then discussed it each night as we went. He liked it and I was happy to find a book he finally enjoyed. Reading is not his favorite thing and this book kept his attention. There was just enough adventure and suspense. I'm so glad there are more in this series!
Hailee Lofgren
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. I read it in 2nd grade but never finished I picked it back up in 5th grade and it was fantastic. Its a better book for younger kids but its fun in general for all ages. :)
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This DRA 40 is a good fit for young readers.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My 10 year old is enraptured, and I don't mind reading it!
Thea Katz
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book! I loved it. I am reading the sequels. I liked it because they keep a dragon as a pet.
I couldn't put it down. it was so suspenseful.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a cute and imaginative story. Two cousins discover a rock that turns out to be a dragon egg. When the dragon hatches they become dragon keepers.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Krista Ivy
cute and fun.
Conan Tigard
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer is a fun, little story about a young dragon and two kids. The bad guy in the story is St. George, a dragon slayer. Throughout history, there have been many takes of St. George and the dragon. I know, I have read some of the books. But in this book, St. George is the bad man while the dragon is good.

Emmy has two good friends, Jesse and Daisy, and their only goal is to keep her safe. With the help of Professor L. B. Anderson on the website, the tw
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Synopsis: "TEN-YEAR-OLD COUSINS Jesse and Daisy have always wanted something magical to happen to them. So it’s a wish come true when Jesse’s newly found thunder egg hatches, and a helpless, tiny but very loud baby dragon pops out. Soon the two kids are at the dragon’s beck-and-call, trying to figure out what to feed her.

An Internet search leads them to the library, which leads them back to the Internet, where they find a very strange Web site called “” It is here that the cousi
Sharon Buxton
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
B. children's book, fantasy, grade 3, series, (Dragon Keepers, #1)
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I. Like. This. Book. IlikethisbookIlikethisbookIlikethisbookIlikethisbook I. REALLY. LIKED. THIS. BOOK!!! Book gooooooood...(My Emmy impression, how'd I do?)
Oh my goodness, I am 22 years old and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Every page and chapter had me either focused, smiling, or laughing!

I really loved the plot - goes to show that you don't need a 400 page book to tell a good story. The plot here was awesome! Usually a 159 page book (in my experience) is either rushed or lacking developm
Amanda Erickson
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really cute book. Got it for my daughters, but ended up reading it on my own when they didn't seem interested in starting it (too many new books right now to choose from).

They like the Keyholder books by Debbie Dadey, so thought they might like this series.

This book was written so much better than the Keyholder series. It's a fun romp and isn't ever confusing, as opposed to the Keyholder books. Sometimes with the Keyholder books, they seem to be written as if the author just skipped a
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