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The Monster's Ring (Magic Shop #1)

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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,604 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Twist it once, you're horned and haired;
Twist it twice and fangs are bared;
Twist it thrice? No one has dared!

Russell is sure that the ring he gets at Mr. Elives' shop is just a silly magic trick, but he follows the instructions and twists the ring twice anyway--and becomes a monster! Includes an author's note.

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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1390)
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Dan Schwent
One of my favorite books as a kid. What young boy wouldn't want a ring that turns you into a monster when you twist it?
Qt
I think this is an early Bruce Coville book, so it's a littel bit different in style than some of the others I read. But, I quite enjoyed it and found it a very nice little book for Halloween!
Kathy Davie
A kid's story about bullies and finding your own ground.


My Take
It's about standing up for yourself against bullies. Whether it's a caring sort of bullying from your parents or the nastier kind from mean kids. But the ring provides opportunities for Russell to learn why Eddie is so mean and gives him the courage to talk to his parents, to make peace with Eddie.

It's also about reading the instructions..!


The Story
Russell Crannaker is a shy boy who is always being bullied by Eddie. And it's his inn
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Jesse
I remember reading Bruce Coville in elementary school and enjoying him, and the plot of this novel sounded fun and intriguing, so I sought it out and gave it a read. The central hook of the novel is a good one, and there are very brief, entertaining flashes of macabre humor and visual inventiveness, but the characters and story are very paint-by-numbers, and ultimately, nothing very interesting or unexpected happens. However, the ending offers an admirably sensible and slightly dark twist, and t ...more
Caren
I loved this book. I loved that this boy stood up to a bully. I loved that he had compassion to want to help the bully out when he needed it, and I loved that he learned to fly. It's a fun, quick read. There are plenty of parts kids would love. Like turning in to a monster for the school Halloween party and pouncing at the principal, and the streaking scene at the end (pun intended, relax it's a clean book). This probably a boy book, but I have a feeling girls will like it as well. I plan on han ...more
Heather
Russell Crannaker is sick of being bullied. He purchases a magic ring to transform himself into a monster, but will he be able to live with the side effects?

Dealing with bullies is never easy and Russell’s situation is no different. His inner voice as he deals with his bully, Eddie, resonates as true. The changes he experiences even when not wearing the ring show kids how sometimes just a little courage can make a huge positive difference.

I also highly recommend listening to this book. Bruce Cov
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Bunga Mawar
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Kenneth Shaw
This book is about a boy going to a creepy pawn shop and buying a nice ring for the price of five dollars,so he buys it goes home tries it but it,s stuck on his finger and now he,s becoming a monster every hour that pass by now he must witness the mysterious,of the monster ring,he must survive the day of school full of bullies,teachers and how to control the beast within.
Christopher Montalbano
This book is a mind twisting thriller that atarts with a boy how gets a magic ring that helps him through some troubles I thinks some of my freinds mite like it but I loved it
Jesse Ashcraft-johnson
A cute, well-put-together young readers' story. A boy gets a magical ring from a mysterious shop, which he finds he can use to become a bit of a demonic monster. He uses this power to make a splash for Halloween, and to stand up to the class bully. When he over-uses the ring somewhat brashly, he finds himself saving the bully from his own aggressors, but then discovers he's stuck as a monster and needs to get the bully's help to turn him back. After making peace with the other boy and returning ...more
Sam
This book was one of my favorites in elementary school. I was a big fan of all the Goosebumps books, so any kid who loves those should give this book a try. I've always loved to read and didn't have trouble with it, but for kids who may not like it as much and have a hard time concentrating on or being entertained by books, this could be a good choice. I remember it was fast-paced and pretty original. A good book to read around Halloween time when younger kids feel left out of watching all the h ...more
Diane
Russell innocently wanders into a Magic Shop one day. "What did you come here for?" the owner demands. Russell doesn't know how to answer because he didn't really have anything he wanted. The owner persists. Finally, after examining Russell more closely, the owner hands him a ring. "This is what you wanted." When Russell puts the ring on and spins it a couple of times, he becomes a monster. At first, this seems cool, a great way to handle bullies. But how does he change back? If only he would pa ...more
Drew
that you don't have to do ravage on a bully
Mary Ann
Russell Crannaker is going to have a great Halloween this year. He's going to be Frankenstein, staggering around with his eyes rolled back in his head. But there's a problem: Eddie, the school bully, continually pokes Russell, punches him, calls him names. And now Eddie's after him again. So what does Russell do? Run, like any kid with the good sense to save himself. Russell finds himself alone, standing in front of a strange looking shop: Elives' Magic Supplies. The ancient old man behind the c ...more
Dion Yulianto
Buku fantasi anak2 yang singkat, pndek, dan rampung dalam sekali baca. Seri ini mengingatkan kita pada buku2 model Goosebums alias buku model honor da monster untuk anak2 di Barat. Kisahnya sendiri simpel, tentang seorang anak agak cupu yang selalu ditindas sama temennya di Sekolah, Eddie. Tema yang sudha sering banget kita jumpai di film dan novel ala Amrika ya, dan begitu pula buku ini. Si tokoh utamana ini sebenarnya cuma butuh suntikan PD agar ia berani melawan agar tidak di bully. sampai ak ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Poor Russell Crannaker is being bullied. He's being bullied at school by Eddie, and he feels bullied by his parents when he can't seem to get a word in at home.

When Russell is running away from Eddie one afternoon, he stumbles upon a mysterious shop: Mr. Elives magic shop. It's here that he finds the monster's ring. The ring Russell has just purchased is more than a ring -it can transform Russell into a monster. Russell loves
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Kathy
Fiona DeMott

The Monster’s Ring

By:Bruce Coville

Russell is talking a walk outside when a bully named Eddie chased Russell

and tried to hurt Russell. When Russell runs off into a different town he sees a shop that says Magic Shop. Russell goes in to look but the store owner hands him a ring that can turn him into a monster. Russell decided to wear the ring for Halloween and turn into a monster. It didn't work out so well being a monster - he jumped, growled, and barked. Russell wanted to go back to
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Myles
Didn't read this one "back in the day", Coville was the My Teacher Fried My Brains guy long before I even heard of this or his other more famous books.

This is a good early reader book, even the expanded, revised edition of The Monster's Ring is very short and to the point offering up a lot for a little kid to love: rampant misbehavior, school mayhem, late-night adventures, all made possible by a ring purchased with pocket change from a spooky little shop.

The rewriting introduced the talking rats
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Sean Marks
This is an excellent children's book. I read this for the first time when I was a kid after its initial publication. I had bought it from an elementary school book fair. I finally was able to buy a new(er) copy that only the cover was changed. I enjoyed it greatly just like when I was a kid. I'm so glad to have been able to find it again.
Zach De
The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville is about a boy who obtains a magical ring which makes him be able to shapeshift into a monster. Clueless of its powers, he gets himself into some sticky situations.

Truthfully this book was okay. I should have looked more into it, because this one is meant for nine year olds, rather than a middleschooler. I enjoyed thinking about the possibilities this book's mechanics offered, and was rather disappointed the route the author took the book in. The language is
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Spanish Springs Library  Book Buddies
1. Who is Russell Crannaker and who is Eddie?
2. What is the store's name that Russell sees?
3. What does Russell buy in that store?
4. What do the directions say to do?
5. What happens to Russell when he doesn't pay attention to the directions?
6. Will this end well for Russell?
Jen
Read this in fifth grade So happy to finally have found it, It was one of my favorite books at the time but always felt a little unfinished to me at the end. Maybe now I can find and read the rest of the books in the series to find out what happened to Russell.
Mineh
The book was really good for a child's book. I didn't like the boy as I hate kids, but his character was just that, which .. is how it should be. It also teaches lessons, but unfortunately, i've given up learning from children books long ago. Good book anyway.
Shane
This is the longest book I've ever read with my 8 year old (Isaiah). He liked it but wasn't crazy about it. It was decent. Hard to judge books written for 2nd graders when your 43 but it didn't seem intensely original or anything.
Simbahenom
Selesai saat di kantor, mencuri-curi waktu untuk membaca, sangat tipis dan dengan alur yang cepat membuat buku ini selesai dengan cepat. 1 hari saat di kantor!! yeah..!!

Cerita fantasy ringan, yang bertema petualangan tapi tak membutuhkan kernyitan dahi. Sanagt cocok untuk hiburan. Tentang sebuah cincin, dimana pemakainya bisa menjadi monster dengan menggunakan cincin tersebut, dengan catatan mematuhi petunjuk yang telah disertakan dalam paketnya. Petunjuk itu seperti petunjuk pemakaian obat yang
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Marlee
This was a quick, easy, fun, exciting, magical story. My son, who is 10, absolutely loved it. It was silly, but also at times seemed real. A fun book, especially to read around Halloween.
PJ
A fun book to read aloud especially around Halloween time. The book is about a fifth grade boy named Russell who is being bullied by Eddie. Russell is running from Eddie when he comes upon a Magic Shop. He is given a magic ring that once twisted, the person who wears it turns into a werewolf. Russell decides to twist it and go after Eddie to scare him. The irony is that Russell finds that Eddie is being bullied. In the end, Russell saves Eddie from the bullies and Eddie saves Russell from being ...more
Oakley Library
In goodreads this is listed as #4 but it read like a series starter and the "What's Next" Database has it listed as #1. This was a very fun read about a boy who is getting bullied by an older boy at school and would do anything for the courage to stand up to him. While he is running away from this boy in the alleys downtown, he notices a magic shop that he's never seen before. The shopkeeper inside sells him a monster ring which has magical powers.

I think this would be a great book to recommend
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Debbie Jo
I read the first few chapters aloud and the kids were really hooked. The idea of being able to turn into a monster and then turn back into yourself was something they enjoyed. But the idea of not being able to control what would happen began to raise questions. I did find myself having to do a bit of editing as I read aloud. It would seem that some of the phrases don't quite fit today. The kids also wondered why the cover illustration didn't seem to match the description in the book. As always, ...more
Hattie June
I read this book when I was little and I don't know why but I really liked it.
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