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The Monster's Ring (Magic Shop #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  1,952 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
It all starts when Russell Crannaker buys a "monster's ring" from weird old Mr. Elives. Russell is sure the ring is just a silly magic trick -- but he follows the instructions anyway, and slips it on his finger. Then he whispers the magic chant, twists the ring once, and suddenly he's sprouting horns! Hair covers his face and hands. Russell has become...a monster! Russell ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1982)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 02, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
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?
Oct 08, 2008 Qt rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
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
Aug 09, 2012 Jesse rated it it was ok
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
Muhajjah Saratini
Sep 11, 2016 Muhajjah Saratini rated it liked it
Why did his mother treat him like such a baby?
How could he grow upif he never got the chance?

Saya memang rada lambat~~~ kalo baca buku berbahasa Inggris.

Buku ini menurut saya mirip Goosebumps.
Tapi lebih "aman".
Dan seperti biasa, ada sebab akibat. Perasaan anak yang menarik dari buku ini.
Mengingatkan agar saya kelak mau mendengarkan Kira, dan bukan melulu menentukan yang terbaik baginya menurut saya semata.
Jul 04, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
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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Kenneth Shaw
May 01, 2013 Kenneth Shaw rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 28, 2016 Corinne rated it really liked it
When I was a kid, I never caught that Mr. Elives is supposed to sound like "mystery lives."

This first installment in the Magic Shop series still stands up as a great humorous and slightly spooky Halloween story, perfect for 5th grade boy sensibilities even 30+ years after it was published. (At least, this slightly revised edition doesn't seem too dated-not sure how many changes were made). Russell has a bully at school to deal with, a dad who never lets him get a word in edgewise, and a mom who
Nov 20, 2015 Olive rated it really liked it
I closed my eyes, grabbed a book on the shelf, and sat down and read the random book. Wow, I felt it was really good, only a bit basic for my grade. I recommend this book to 3-5. Too bad I am in 7th grade. I mean, I still loved this book because it brought out my little scared side and was way easy for me to read! I rated this book four stars because for someone like me, who rates a book by starting at five stars, then taking one off for something I don't like about it, found that the bullying ...more
Christopher Montalbano
Sep 14, 2014 Christopher Montalbano rated it it was amazing
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
Fantasy Literature
Jan 14, 2016 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
For kids that are too young for the complexity of the HARRY POTTER series, and yet still interested in fantasy stories, Bruce Coville's MAGIC SHOP books might be the thing to hook them up with. Five in total, each one revolves around a simple premise: a young child with the usual kid problems (home trouble, bullies, crushes, angry teachers, etc) stumble across Mr Elives' Magic Shop, and leaves with an unusual purchase which initially creates more trouble for them, but ultimately teaches them imp ...more
Aug 24, 2016 SJ rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a great book because A kid named Russel Went to a magic shop and bought a ring that turns him into a monster. But he thought it was a fake ring but he bought it anyway. But there is a bully but I forgot his name. He always beat up on Russel. But when Russel found out with one twist of a ring he could be horned and haired. If you twist it twice you have fang and claws but no one had dared to twist it thrice. On halloween the bully was getting beat up by teenagers. Russel felt bad ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Terry Kang
Jun 29, 2016 Terry Kang rated it liked it
I think this book is dedicated to young students who like to read fiction. Russell is a fifth grader who is getting bullied by Eddie. His mother babies him and his father doesn't listen to him, so he went to Mr. Elives' shop and got a ring. The ring was a magical ring and by following some instructions Russell can turn himself to a monster, so he gets to fight with Eddie and finally his father started to listen to Russell. This book shows a bullied boy learning how to assert himself by discoveri ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Drew added it
that you don't have to do ravage on a bully
Mary Ann
Oct 23, 2009 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2013 Kathy added it
Shelves: king-s-korner
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
Sep 18, 2016 Miranda rated it liked it
Such a great Halloween story for the older elementary crowd - scary but not over the top. It definitely reads like an older book - I was thinking early 90s but actually the 80s - since children don't really talk like that and I don't know of any teachers that can hit their students with a broom! But it's classic enough that kids of today should find it funny. Great lessons about bullying AND following directions!
Sep 20, 2011 Myles rated it liked it
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
Sean Marks
May 09, 2014 Sean Marks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 23, 2015 Tranylle rated it really liked it
Rowan and I listened to this book together. I'm not sure how much he really paid attention, but he said he really liked it and wanted to listen to more books like this. It was a cute book about bullies and learning to read and understand directions. The characters were fun and I think when Rowan is a little older he'll be able to more fully enjoy it.
Jan 19, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you're interested in this series (& you should be because it's so much fun,) I HIGHLY recommend listening to the full cast audio books. This was a delightful little two hour gem that totally brightened my morning. I laughed out loud so many times at both the acting performances and the clever writing.
Zach De
Oct 16, 2014 Zach De rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Kathy Chung
Aug 15, 2015 Kathy Chung rated it really liked it
this has been an eye opening reads. Not only it's targeted children but also parents. it reminds parents to take time to listen to their children. Also it teaches children the importance of controlling their temper .

i like this book coz all these are done in a non-preachy way. in fact it was entertaining
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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?
Chrystal Phillips
Jan 06, 2016 Chrystal Phillips rated it it was amazing
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