Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1) by Zetta Elliott

Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1)

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author!When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There are two rules when it comes to the dragons: don't let them out of the bag, and don't feed them anything sweet. Before he knows ...

Details Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1)

TitleDragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1)
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherRandom House
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Dragons, Fiction, Magic, Adventure, Cultural, African American

Reviews Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1)

  • Stephanie
    Ahhhhh this book is so deliciously fun! It's full of imagination, joy, humor and adventure, with an enormous underpinning of heart to ground it all. I love cantankerous old Ma the witch (who's more than fierce enough to ride a T-Rex!), I love the real, believable grey areas around the magical debates and family relationships, and I adored every minute of this book. I'm reading it out loud to my 9-year-old every chance we get, because he's loving ...
  • Antoinette Scully
    Jaxon is forced to spend the day with Ma, a woman he just learns is his grandmother. She isn’t interested in babysitting and Jaxson would rather be somewhere else. But Ma is strange and strange things keep happening at her apartment- like a recently delivered package that moves all on its own! After some poking, Jaxson learns that the box contains dragons and Ma had to deliver them to their final destination. Is Jaxson up for the challenge of b...
  • Elizabeth
    You know I loved this book! I interviewed the author, Zetta shared about it on my blog at: https://dulemba.blogspot.co.uk/2018/0... . :)
  • Danielle
    A delightful, magical story. "I know you like geography, Jax, but the place we're going to isn't on any map you've ever seen." (p.52)
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhen Jaxon's mother must go to court to appeal an eviction notice, she takes Jaxon to stay with the grandmother he has never met for the afternoon. "Ma" is not thrilled to see either Alicia or Jaxon, but agrees to take care of him. She has an odd, musty apartment, and it's not long before Jaxon finds a bag of dragons under her care! It quickly becomes apparent that Ma is a witch, and one of the problems she has with Jaxon...
  • Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
    This was a really fun and diverse middle grade urban fantasy which also contains alternate dimensions. I also loved the exploration of different relationships be they friend or family or estranged family member or friends who were once like family. My one major complaint was the length. I get that this is perfect set up for a second book, but I'd have rather that the problem was resolved and then that we got a different apprenticeship story in th...
  • Rajiv
    A BIG Thank You to NetGalley and Random House Children’s for providing me a copy of “Dragons in a Bag″ by Zetta Elliott in exchange for my review. “Dragons in a Bag” was a nice, interesting book and I feel a good start to the series.Let’s start with the characterization. It’s really hard to dislike any of the characters as all of them are charming in their own manner. My favorite characters in the story are Ma and Trub. What I surpr...
  • ~Cyanide Latte~
    The world needs more books like this one. And I want more books like this one. I would have devoured it in a heartbeat if it had existed when I was a child, and I devoured it in a heartbeat as an adult. I'm so glad it exists for children today, and Zetta Elliott deserves a ton of love for writing this story and not giving up on getting it published!Do I fit into the target demographic or intended audience of this book? No, I don't. But I love tha...
  • Jazmen
    Dragons in a Bag is a whimsical, moving, and magical tale. Perfectly tailored to it’s intended audience, Dragons In a Bag, hits all the right notes.Jaxon and his Mom are in trouble. They’re on the cusp of losing their apartment to an eviction. This is how Jaxon winds up at his grandmother’s house whom he’s never met before.His Mom leaves him there while she goes to fight the courts to keep their apartment. Except Ma is less than enthused ...
  • Kirsten
    An utterly charming middle-grade fantasy with a refreshingly diverse cast. Jax, a young black boy, is unexpectedly dropped off with a surly woman his mother calls “Ma” one day, while Mama goes to court to fight their eviction from their Brooklyn apartment. It doesn’t take Jax too long to find out that Ma is a witch — and Mama used to be her apprentice! But why has Jax never met her? Why doesn’t Mama talk about her? And what is in that b...
  • Almira
    Jaxon and his mom are on the verge of being evicted from their apt., while his mom goes to court to attempt to correct the problem, she needs to have Jaxon stay with "Ma", supposedly his grandmother, or is she? Jaxon doesn't want to stay with her for even a minute, she's mean and she's old, but there is no one else that he can stay with.What Jaxon doesn't know is the power that "Ma" has, however, after the strange package arrives, and "Ma" and Ja...
  • Cassie
    SO GOOD! We can't wait for the next one to come out!
  • vanessa
    This was a fun ride! An urban fantasy featuring dragons. The story had a really sweet tone which I loved.
  • Lata
    Jaxon 's mother leaves him for the day with an elderly woman, Ma. Ma takes Jaxon with her to make a delivery, after informing Jaxon that she's a witch. Things don't go as planned, and Jaxon must rely on his good sense and his friends, both old and new, to deal with a number of new challenges.This was a sweet story about a nine-year old boy with a love of geography, who understands a lot more going on around him than his mother thinks, and who pro...
  • Renata
    first up: I blanked on the title of this for a moment and searched for "bag of dragons" and this was still the top hit, so thanks for that, GoodReadsanyway, this is a DELIGHTFUL middle grade urban fantasy. I read it all in one sitting and can't wait to learn more about this world (and Kavita's dragon). Jax is such a great protagonist--a smart, curious boy who wants to do the right thing....but dragons?!--and so much is communicated about him and ...
  • Sarah Sammis
    Elliott has created a fascinating urban landscape that blends the ordinary of city life with the extraordinary of magic and alternate worlds. Just as Doctor Who has turned the now obsolete Police Boxes into a space ship and time machine, Jaxson's Brooklyn has ways into other worlds and times.As the book is only 160 pages with illustrations, it would make a great book to read aloud in a classroom setting or as a bed time story over the course of a...
  • Beth
    Good start to a story -- the boy discovers the world of magic and makes some commitments and some mistakes. But I didn't feel any of the plot strands got resolved -- his relationships with his mother and other family, his growth as an individual agent, the health of the dragons. The next few books should address this, but I like a bit of closure in each volume.
  • Renee
    This book is so good.
  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    3.5 StarsDragons in a Bag is a early middle grade novel/late elementary novel that focuses on a young boy named Jaxon who is sent to spend a day with a woman called Ma, who turns out to be much more than she seems. It’s a wonderful inclusive fantasy novel that shines a light on people, family dynamics, and places that we don’t normally see in young fantasy.Upon opening Dragons in a Bag I was immediately charmed by it. So often we get books in...
  • Elizabeth Eakes
    Dragons in a Bag is a perfect mix of the real world with a world of fantasy. Zetta Elliott’s characters are unique and mysterious, resulting in an exciting, refreshing, and fun read. This book is a great model of representation in fantasy, as all of the characters are people of color and the protagonist is a courageous young Black male (Jax) with a loyal heart and a knack for geography. Jax has a long day of adventures when his mother leaves hi...
  • Angie
    Jax isn't happy that his mama dropped him off with an old lady he has never met. And then it turns out Ma is a witch and has a bag of dragons to deliver to a magical dimension. While Jax agrees to work with Ma as her assistant for the day, things don't go exactly as planned. First they don't make it to the magical world but to the past in the time of dinosaurs instead! And then Ma and Jax get separated and Jax is left on his own with the dragons....
  • Ejb
    Great read - beautiful language - packed a lot of themes into small amount of pages so good recommendation for young readers put off by "big" books!
  • Yasi
    This book was wholesome and magical but also woke, and I cannot wait until book #2!
  • Amy!
    Cute! The characters were great, and I am very interested in the world Elliott is creating in this. Glad there's a second book coming so we get some resolution to the missing dragon!
  • Candy
    The audio version is great! My husband heard me listening to it one morning, and upon hearing Ma's voice, it sparked memories of his own grandmother. He then regaled me with several funny impersonations of his grandmother and his grandfather that had us both laughing.
  • Carrie
    Fun little fantasy!
  • Ryanreads
    this was an amazing story. the intro is a gut punch to the emotions and the main character is honest honorable and brave. I want to be like this youngster. Once the journey began I was hooked. I really want to read the next book. A definite read for all ages including adults.
  • Laela
    This book is ADORABLE. Fantasy Books seem to be only for one type of kid, but not this book. This book is for a black kid who lives in a city and doesn't have any brothers and sisters. This is a very inclusive book. But don't get me wrong, this is a fantasy book. Jax meets, witches, dragons, and invisible men. They go to other worlds and explore what is magic. For the kid who isn't ready for Harry Potter, but does love a magical adventure.
  • Kate
    First in a series. Fun premise, diverse characters, but reads sort of like a summary. Everything is underdeveloped. Kids who like Magic Treehouse books may enjoy. Similar maturity level.
  • Aliza Werner
    Love this new fantastical and magical book for early middle grade readers. Featuring diverse characters, dimension and time travel, magic, and mystery.