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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop #2)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  5,154 ratings  ·  328 reviews
Sixth-grader Jeremy Thatcher discovers a strange magic shop he has never seen before. He enters, and his life is changed forever. Buying what he thinks is a marble, he discovers he has really purchased a dragon’s egg. ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published April 15th 1991)
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Jan 09, 2013 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those of childlike yearnings for wonder
Recommended to Mark by: The Unicorns of Luster

Having read the four books in his Unicorn Chronicles of Luster last year and thoroughly enjoyed them I spotted this book on a stall in a Church Christmas Fayre and picked it up for ten pence. A ten pence well spent. The man is absolutely brilliant and I only wish I had been born in 1993 instead of '63 and then I would not have to justify my intending to devour everything he has written as 'research' for my studies in children's literature and faith.

The story is of a young man who stumbles upon a
I read this several years ago and loved it; the problems Jeremy has while raising a dragon in his home are often humorous (and sometimes rather serious), and yet there are also some very beautiful, magical, and touching scenes as well. The magic elements (like, where do dragons come from? Where did they go?) are believable, but still, well, magic :-) This was my first Bruce Coville book, and it hooked me ;-)
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I have loved this book for as long as it has existed. It deals with remarkably mature themes, like loneliness, loss, fear, anger, unrequited love, sexual development, and premature fatherhood. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Jul 16, 2011 Scott rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone raising a dragon.
Recommended to Scott by: a mistaken librarian
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is several ingredients shy of a good novel.

First, the prose was shoddy. I think the manuscript could have used another rewrite or two before it was published. The author and editors must share the blame for this.

For example, participial phrases were glaringly overused on every page. In some paragraphs, they appear in every sentence:

“Feeling slightly foolish, he tiptoed down the stairs. The kitchen cats twined around his feet, begging for a snack. Ignoring them, Je
Melissa Proffitt
I like it when my kids want me to read books they love. This is a sweet story about a boy and his dragon, or at least the dragon he's been chosen to care for from hatching to adulthood. Jeremy's experience is a lot like caring for an infant, and I think most parents would love to have an instruction manual like his. There's a lot of wisdom here that kids will appreciate because it doesn't sound like preaching, such as how having a desire for something makes it more likely that you will find it, ...more
This book was just as I remembered it from middle school. A bullied child runs into a magic shop to escape his tormentors and comes out with a magical egg that changes his young life.

The illustrations in the book left a little to be desired but the story was still good. I think I even got a little more out of it in this reading being a bit older. If I was a more romantic or nurturing person I might have cried at the end, with that emotional goodbye.

As short as the book was it had some depth to i
Resti  Triyuliandha
"Be brave, Dragon Hatcher. Nothing you love is ever really lost.

another children book that I love :)
As another entry in his Magic Shop series, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher fulfills the enchantment of its title. Young Jeremy is sold an unexpected treasure at an absurd price and swiftly discovers that it contains a wondrous creature.

How Jeremy handles his increasingly rambunctious and voracious charge (the author makes it clear the dragon isn’t a pet) is by turns hilarious and very touching. Jeremy shares a telepathy link with the beast that is plausibly linked to his artistic ability in dra
Steven Tackett
The stories of our youth can occasionally return to us long forgotten memories of coming of age, of joy, of sorrow, and return to innocence, if only for a short time.

This is a tale of a young elementary artists named Jeremy Thatcher, who one day stumbles upon a magic shop, filled with unusual objects of all shapes, sizes, and colors. It happens that what Jeremy sets his gaze upon is no less than one of the most wild and unusual treasures he could have ever put a hand on. As the story goes, it fo
Mary Z
My students love this book so much I had to buy extra copies for both libraries, so I decided to check it out for myself (pun intended). Seeing as it's Bruce Coville, I shouldn't have been surprised by how good it was. Not only does this book embody every kid's fantasy of having a dragon, it tackles real and authentic emotions and situations of growing up. This book is strongly recommended for anyone who works with 3-5 grade students.
Jeremy Thatcher is the shortest kid in 6th grade. When he was walking home one day, he came across a magic shop. In the shop, he finds a glowing, muilti- colored ball. The shopkeeper sells it to him for only a quarter. Jeremy finds himself on an adventure... RAISING A DRAGON?!? This story has such good details it will make you feel that you are IN the book. So, GO OUT AND READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
I really like this series, but I think this might be my favourite. It's a tale about a artsy boy who encounter's Mr. Elives' magic shop and feels attracted to a magic sphere of swirling colours and buys it, not knowing that it is actually a dragon's egg. The book is about his journey hatching the egg. I really like the characters, and the sweet innocence of the dragon, like when he gets Jeremy into trouble for biting the hated art teacher's foot. Jeremy is a really nice kid and becomes another p ...more
I just reread this book 20 or so years after the first time I got it at the library, and it's completely held up. The clarity and warmth of Coville's prose, the way he renders Jeremy's parents with just a few lines of dialogue and character moments, the connection Jeremy shares with his dragon, which feels big and life-changing even though they're only together for a few weeks. Oh, and the awesome magic shop that appears out of nowhere then isn't there when you go back to look for it! I'm perman ...more
I loved this book. I would like to read more like it. I felt almost as if I could see what was happening. I could feel the range of emotions that went through the main character as he struggled with challenges he faced. It moved very fast and I loved that too.
Bruce Coville has a wonderful voice. His stories are simple, yet special. I never feel like they're babyish, even though they're easy to read and feature young (well, in my perspective!) protagonists. This story is among my favorites.
Better than My Teacher is an Alien. More of a sympathetic story line, with more emotional content.
Mark Wilkerson
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Tommy Hancock
I found this book in my closet. No clue how it got there. According to a slip on the inside it's from my elementary school library, the date putting it around the time I was in the fourth grade. I don't remember ever checking it out, but a lot of time has passed so I may have just forgotten. And I mean, it's a book about a dragon. Fourth grade me would've eaten than up. All of that said, I have moved several times and to numerous different area codes since then.I have loaded and unloaded box aft ...more
An uncontested classic to be sure, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher will always have a place on my shelf. It has some inconsistencies though that bother me as an adult reader.

First of all, alone out of the Magic Shop books' protagonists (they don't have to be read in order or together or anything, a great plus if you are/were like me - I read anything that struck me when I was little, if I was in the middle of a trilogy I would catch up to the plot as I went along) Jeremy Thatcher doesn't seem to
I constantly wonder what relationship 'Children" authors actually have with the AUDIENCE of Children. It can't simply be that because the characters are children, that your book thus qualifies as Children's Literature. I am quite certain you aught to write at a child's level. This book was dreadfully poorly written. It was poorly written for an adult reading it! The sentence structure was so confusing! If the author had a $10 bill for any sentence that was NOT a Participial Phrase, he'd be a POO ...more
Denise Hutchins
This book was just as good as I remember it being when I first read it in junior high school. And that means it was awesome. I had been trying to remember/rediscover this book off and on for many recent years and I'm extremely pleased I finally found it.

The book is written for an elementary-school audience (6th graders are the protagonists here) so it was a very easy read but I still found it well-written, evenly-paced, and entertaining. I forgot how much I had related to the title character as
Patricia  Leon
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a novel by Bruce Coville. When the story first begins, Jeremy is running from two bullies who are trying to catch him to make him kiss a girl he does not like, by the name of Mary Lou Hutton. To avoid them Jeremy runs into a magic shop, and once there begins looking around. He comes across a giant marble he wants to buy, but the shop owner discourages him. Jeremy insists, he picks up the marble, and it reacts to his touch. The owner agrees to let him purchase i ...more
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher: A Magic Shop Book / by Bruce Coville (2007) -- SUMMARY: Jeremy gets teased alot for his small statue. He escapes from his troubles through drawing (mostly dragons) which is not appreciated by his art teacher. Little does he know how his life is going to change when he happens upon a strange magic shop and buys a small muticolored ball that turns out to be a dragon's egg ready to hatch. COMMENTS: Jeremy loves drawing dragons but is frustrated when his art teacher ...more
Andrew D
"Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher", a charming novel by Bruce Coville, illustrates the wondrous multitude of ways in which a dragon can influence a boy's life—for better or for worse. Jeremy Thatcher, the shortest boy in sixth grade, has an amazing affinity for art, and stumbles upon Mr. Elives' magic shop while being pursued by two school thugs. Inside the shop, he discovers a dragon's egg and takes it home with mysterious instructions. But will the joy of the dragon distract him from the presen ...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
While running from bullies, Jeremy Thatcher wanders into a magic shop, and meets its owner Mr Elives. Jeremy finds what he believes to be a giant marble. After examining it, Jeremy wants to buy it but Mr Elives tells Jeremy that he "doesn't really want" it. However, Jeremy persists, persuading the old man to let him hold it. When he does, it warms to his touch. Elives then lets him buy the marble for a quarter. He tells Jeremy, "You don't want it, but it wants you." He warns Jeremy to take good ...more
Jeremy stumbles into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop and finds a strange egg that seems to want to come home with him. In no time at all, a dragon has hatched and Jeremy has to figure out how to take care of it and what in the world to do with it.

I picked this one up as a possible read-aloud with my kids, but they didn't show much interest. Geared for elementary-aged kids, it has a straightforward plot and a satisfying ending. Maybe we'll give it another try in a year or two.
Jeremy_Thatcher_Dragon Hatcher_hceremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a funny, engaging, and adventurous story. It was very exciting and I could not put it down!

Jeremy is an average 6th grade boy who is actually believable. I like that the main character is relatable to children when they read this book. He goes to school (though he doesn’t like it much), loves to draw, and doesn’t like girls. Every boy (and girl) will love this book. It will keep them interested from the beginning!

The writing is e
This story is about an 11-year-old boy who's job it has now become to raise a bady dragon. Its harder than it seems, because the dragon---named Timiat---can communiate to the boy through her thoughts. She is forever bombarding his mind with things like, FIRE! PRETTY FIRE! when she shes a candle, or sending violet swilrs of color through his head when she feels peacfull.

Then things get considerably more complacated. Timiat starts to breath fire, and gives the meanest teacher in Jeremy's school th
Miss Carman
Jeremy accidentally finds himself in front of a magic shop, and he ends up coming out with something that looks like a large, beautiful marble with swirling colours. Imagine his surprise when he finds that in the box with it are instructions on how to hatch a dragon's egg! As the dragon grows, Jeremy has more and more trouble keeping her a secret (thankfully most people can't see her!), and in the meantime gets into all sorts of funny situations, especially since his house already has several ca ...more
This book was fine, but not spectacular and I think reading it as part of the Best 100 Books for Young Readers maybe made it seem a little pale in comparison to the other books for youth that I had been reading so much of. If I had read it on its own it might have seemed richer. Or maybe not, who knows. It is a good story, fun and easy to read, but it didn't take me outside myself, nor did it make me question myself either.
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“I don’t want Tiamat to go back,” said Jeremy sullenly. “I want her to stay here with me.”

Miss Priest laughed. It was not a horrible laugh at all. “What a terrible idea!” she said. “Why do you want her to stay?”

Because I love her. I don’t want to lose her.”
Miss Priest reached out and took his chin in her hand. She looked into his eyes. “You silly boy,” she said. “Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people—they always go away, sooner or later. You can’t hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside you, then they’re still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.”
“Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people—they always go away, sooner or later. You can’t hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside you, then they’re still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.” 12 likes
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