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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (Magic Shop #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  6,461 Ratings  ·  398 Reviews
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
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
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
Jan 15, 2013 bick rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-students
Better than My Teacher is an Alien. More of a sympathetic story line, with more emotional content.
Oct 02, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
This is a simple, kid-centric book. It's sort of cute, predictable, and perfect for kids. I will be reading this with the sixth graders next week.
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 :)
May 29, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! :-)
Scott Hayden
Dec 08, 2016 Scott Hayden rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
Just plain fun.

In a small town, USA, Jeremy stumbles into the role of caretaker for a newly hatched dragon. He wants to do the right thing by the tiny reptile, but the right thing includes eventually taking it home, wherever that is. On top of that, the growing, voracious dragonlet is getting harder to keep a secret from his family, friends, and enemies.
Room 12
Oct 24, 2016 Room 12 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think you would like this because it's mysterious and shady. This book is about a kid. It's really about love, raising pets, and being able to let things go that you really care about. You'll love the part when he goes in the mysterious shop...
Oct 17, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
Wow! This is one of the 2017 Battle of the Books books. My students started reading it and raving about how good it was, so I had to read it myself. Their opinions were spot on! This is an excellent story for students; it has sort of a Harry Potter feel, but is much more manageable for younger students. I loved the pace of the story, and fell in love with the characters-and of course- the dragon! This book is a complete story that is told in just the right length for students. I can't wait to ...more
Kylie Griffin
This is a fantastic series for middle-grade readers (8yo+) to read independently or for younger children to read aloud.
Bruce Gargoyle
Ten Second Synopsis:
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
Victoria Gibson
Nov 10, 2016 Victoria Gibson rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as a child so much I dreamt it for a very long time. Even after I had forgotten the title and the author. Thank goodness the internet can answer insane questions or I never would have found it again. :)
Nesa Sivagnanam
Jul 17, 2012 Nesa Sivagnanam rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Myles rated it really liked it
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
Patricia  Leon
May 04, 2012 Patricia Leon rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
Mar 04, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
This was our book for Gr. 3 book club this month. It was a great choice. I was not familiar with Bruce Coville prior to this. Apparently Bryce Coville is a prolific writer that I hadn't spent time with yet. I chose the book because United Library Services had a lot of copies and so did the library, and because it looked fun for kids. I have a rule that I have to read the book prior to recommending it for book club. This time I broke that rule - but it worked out okay. It was a great choice for ...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
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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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