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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop #2)

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If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop. And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too, might be asked to make a choice. What would you buy? The Chinese rings? The Skull of Truth? Or the dragon's egg?

Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 28th 1992 by Aladdin/Minstrel Book (first published 1991)
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Christopher Paolini
The idea for the Inheritance Cycle came from my love for the magic of stories and how they can transport the reader into fantastical places. Also, I was inspired by this book, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville, the tale of a boy who buys a “stone” from which a dragon hatches. I liked the idea so much, I couldn’t get it out of my head. So I asked three questions: what land would a dragon egg come from, who would find it, and—since dragon eggs can’t be common—who else would be look ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
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
Jun 25, 2008 Qt rated it it was amazing
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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Jan 22, 2012 [Name Redacted] rated it it was amazing
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 it was ok  ·  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 McShane
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
Nathaniel Hardman
Jan 25, 2016 Nathaniel Hardman rated it liked it
Fun book. Just read it out-loud with my daughter, and we both enjoyed it. My only other exposure to Bruce Coville was Jennifer Merdley's Toad, and this was much better than that. A couple of notes:

The book is very light on conflict. There isn't a bad guy, there's never any real danger or even (to my adult mind) any very serious consequences at risk. It's a simple story of a boy who has to take care of a difficult pet for a while. But somehow, the lack of conflict didn't bother me. It probably he
I was not expecting to like this book, a selection for my 3rd and 4th grade book club, as much as I did. I was expecting pretty standard fantasy but I had forgotten what a wonderful storyteller Bruce Coville really was (it's been a very long time since I've read My Teacher is an Alien and The Monster Ring). I hope the kids like it as much as I did.
Feb 28, 2010 Hollowspine rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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
May 18, 2014 Resti Triyuliandha rated it really liked it
"Be brave, Dragon Hatcher. Nothing you love is ever really lost.

another children book that I love :)
Mary Garrett
Jul 20, 2016 Mary Garrett rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun to enter the mystical world of dragons, telepathically communicating with pictures and colors, flying above the world, invisible to those who have no business with dragons.
The real-world problems of schools rang true. Boys and girls learning to be friends, just people with things like books and art in common reminded me of a friend who said she knew when 7th grade boys began to notice girls because they
Mar 21, 2016 Lanie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids who love dragons
I love this! I read it several times as a kid & I still enjoyed it today. :) it's a nice story with a good m.c., nice clear writing, & stunning illustrations. I love the telepathic connection Jeremy & Tiamat shared. His everyday struggles like bullies, girls, & a mean teacher balanced nicely with the more fantastic, magical side of the story.

My only complaint is that it's actually rather short. I think it could have been just a bit longer, explaining the magic shop & dragon
Jul 17, 2015 Marlowe rated it it was amazing
When Jeremy Thatcher runs away from bullies, he finds himself in a strange part of town he’s never seen before. There, he encounters a strange magic shop and buys a beautiful ball that turns out to be a dragon egg. But how can he keep a dragon safe – and keep the neighbourhood pets safe from a dragon – while keeping it all a secret?

I’ve been trying to read through kids’ books, particularly those with male protagonists, so that I’d have things to read with (or recommend to) my son. Jeremy Thatche
Read this for the third (fourth? fifth?) time over the past week, marking up the text for a project I'm preparing. And I was struck again by how powerfully moving this story remains—even knowing what's going to happen, even being deeply familiar with all the steps Coville takes, even finding some of the dialogue the tiniest bit dated.

Unlike some contemporary middle-grade fantasy, the scope here is sharply focused on the real world. The fantasy elements help a boy grows up a bit, thanks to the r
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
Feb 16, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting to like this book much as it's in a genre I don't care for (fantasy) and I was guessing it was a bit on the young side. This is, however, a fun fantasy book that skillfully incorporates the motif of magic. For example, Jeremy raises the dragon in his room, and is only able to do that since it is invisible to almost everyone, with the exception of his nemesis, Mary Lou Hutton (the girl who keeps wanting to kiss him). As time goes by, Jeremy and the dragon develop a special bon ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
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Jeremy Hatcher is a fantastic artist but his art teacher hates how he only draws imaginary things. When Jeremy stumbles across a magic shop, he discovers that dragons may exist outside his imagination.

This book is a little heftier than the first in the series and the characters were more fleshed out and felt more genuine. There’s quite a bit of situational humour in this one, as well as the predicament of Jeremy having an unwanted love interest. The problems that Jeremy has t
Mary Z
Jul 05, 2009 Mary Z rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 12, 2010 Josie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing-books
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!!!!!
Steven Tackett
Feb 05, 2015 Steven Tackett rated it really liked it
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
Dec 31, 2015 L8blmr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My granddaughter brought this book with her when she came for a visit after Christmas. Something about the title and cover called out to me and I asked if I could read it one night as she was going to bed. I am so glad I did! Part of my mature (in years, at least) reader-self is still very much a child and I am always looking out for good kid lit. Now that all my children are grown, I have to rely on my granddaughter for recommendations. I enjoyed this story so much I will have to check out othe ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing
This was Liam's first "big boy" book(he's a 6 y/o), we read a chapter or two together over the last couple of weeks and he shed a few tears towards the end(which he tired to hide) :) Based on his overall reaction I'd have to give this book all 5 stars. I think we both enjoyed how each chapter ended with a little cliffhanger, he'd beg and beg to have me read another chapter(pleeease dad, just ONE more!). Anyway despite all the begging we'd always stop reading after a chapter or two with the cliff ...more
May 29, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! :-)
Aug 21, 2014 Philyra rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2015 Vyaelra rated it it was amazing
I read this book way back in elementary school and even now I would still consider this to be one of my favorites. Re-reading it now would be strictly due to nostalgia, but to me the memories I have would absolutely make that worth it. This book inspired so many daydreams as a kid of finding a mysterious dragon egg and raising it in secret. I remember I used to do this wherever I went. Particularly during class, pretending my pet dragon was exploring around my classroom, sometimes threatening to ...more
Apr 15, 2014 M. rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing
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.
Nuvia Ramirez
May 22, 2016 Nuvia Ramirez rated it really liked it
Jeremy Thatcher is a kid dreams about becoming an artist, he's in the sixth grade. Jeremy and his best friend Specimen always enter a contest to see who's draws better but they always choose a sixth grader. Jeremy's art teacher Mr. Kravitz doesn't like Jeremy because he's a great artist, so one day during class he read one of Jeremy's notes to the whole class and it that " I can't wait until after school to kiss you" from Mary Lou. Mary Lou was waiting for her first kiss, so after school Jeremy ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Clickety rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ownit, ya, fantasy, fiction
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.
Octavia Cade
Readable story in which a child buys a dragon egg and hatches it, with attending difficulties. Young Jeremy, however, seems too good to be true to me, could never really quite connect with him. He's doing all the right things, but I still want to poke at him with a stick. And I feel churlish saying this about a kids' book, but the feel-good ending sort of took away from the story for me. But I get it, Jeremy made a series of good decisions and was rewarded for it, so fairness restores the univer ...more
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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.” 17 likes
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