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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

(Magic Shop #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,808 ratings  ·  521 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 April 15th 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 couldnt get it out of my head. So I asked three questions: what land would a dragon egg come from, who would find it, andsince dragon eggs cant be commonwho else would be looking ...more
Jun 05, 2012 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
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A delight!

Read aloud 2020: My kids loved it, too! They requested the sequel, and are disappointed that there isn't one!
Miranda Reads
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Nothing you love is lost
Jeremy Thatch is NOT having a good day.

He gets chased by Howard and Freddie, Mary Lou tried to kiss him AND he manages to get lost in his own neighborhood.

At least, the shop he's wandered into looks pretty cool.

There's all sorts of dangerous and mysterious things on the shelves...including a vaguely egg-like object (but it's far bigger than any egg he's ever seen before).

Jeremy buys the egg and...out pops a dragon.

A real, live dragon.

But soon, Jeremy learns
This was a book from Rick Riordan's 'suggested reading page. What a fun little story. I want to read more about this mysterious magic shop. Jeremy is chosen to hatch a dragon egg. The bond they form and how he deals with the dragon are sharp writing. Check out this book
Ivonne Rovira
Ive read Jennifer Murdley's Toad and The Monster's Ring, but this is my favorite novel in the Magic Shop Series thus far. The eponymous Jeremy learns a lot about whats important and about judging people, but author Bruce Coville never lets the message slow down the action in a book that young and old alike will love. ...more
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
An undervalued little gem. "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher" is in many ways your standard juvenile-fantasy novel: A young boy with his own special set of troubles in life stumbles upon a fantasy element: a dragonlet that he has received responsibility for hatching and raising. Twenty bucks goes to the contestant who can guess whether or not Jeremy will learn something from the experience... but this is a good book nonetheless.

This book takes children seriously. Jeremy's problems are personal
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 ...more
[Name Redacted]
Jan 22, 2012 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.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeremy stumbles into the magic shop and is entranced by a beautiful stone egg of swirling colors. The shopkeeper gives him the egg along with instructions for how to hatch a dragons egg. Jeremy has to keep the dragon egg a secret and expose the egg to the light of a full moon. But when a baby dragon hatches, Jeremy has his hands full taking care of a rapidly growing young dragon.

This story is hilarious and heart-felt! Jeremy goes through some wonderful character development. The supporting
This book tells a story about a boy's unexpected companionship with a dragon. It depicts the awkwardness, the silliness, and the beauty that could happen between the two, which are completely different creatures, perfectly. The plot itself is quite too simple in my taste, but I won't protest since this is a book written for children.
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dragon young fiction requests
Recommended to June by: Joan
Rounded up. This accomplished a lot dealing with bullying, friendship between a boy and a girl, teacher not acting fair, grief...

Jeremy after escaping some bullies after school finds himself in a part of town he never seen before and the owner of a dragon egg.
Jul 16, 2011 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,
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
Margaret Boling
3/31/2017 ** So...I've "sold" this book dozens of times, but I realized I'd never actually read it. What brought it to my attention this week? I bought a puppet - a Folkmanis dragon. I envision using the dragon as a mascot for my library, and maybe as a vehicle for doing author interviews and student reader interviews.

Obviously, my dragon needs a name. So what do I do? Go to a wiki page of dragons in children's literature! So many choices: Norbert from Hagrid in Harry Potter, dragons from
Leah Marshall
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this about twenty years ago, but I still remember it. It's one of the first novels that I read myself and thoroughly enjoyed.
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was going to listen to these books on audio while I did chores and such, but realized that I read them a lot faster than the recordings. I first read this book probably around 2nd or 3rd grade and have remembered it very vividly so I figured I would revisit it and read the rest of the series.

This one was how I remembered. It is just a fun story, no real moral or lesson or anything, not much (if any) character growth, just a simple little story about a boy with a dragon. I guess the take away
Ben De Bono
Bruce Coville somehow managed to write a story about dragons without any tension or excitement whatsoever! In the afterword he says his original idea was for this to be a short story and that even after it got too long for that, his editor had to coax him to get it up to the current length. I believe it! Even at 150 pages (with large font and lots of full page illustrations) this thing is an exercise in padding. I've read lots of books like this to my kids. While Jeremy Thatcher isn't the worst, ...more
Emily Sinclair
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an adorable, sweet story. I really enjoyed it. So innocent and fantastical, adventurous and yet kind, sweet. Its the story of a young boy who loves art and imagination, and he gets a subject to draw unlike anyone else's---a dragon! From beginning to end its a delightful book, and I enjoyed reading it for the sake of getting ideas on writing children's fiction. A must read for any kid who loves dragons. Illustrations are pretty cute, too.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I sometimes find it difficult giving an authentic rating to childrens bookthis is a perfect example. As an adult, I didnt feel especially moved by the story or (one-dimensional) characters, but as a kid, Im sure I would have been filled with awe and wonderment. My four-year old son enjoyed it, so maybe it deserves a higher rating? As an adult, I give it a solid three star, but maybe as a kid I would have rated it four. ...more
Still one of my favorites after all these years. The ending actually made me cry, which is very unusual for me. Love it.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Calvin seemed to like it well enough. Nothing special.
Diego O.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible. This books characters are amazing and the story gets better and better has it progresses. This book is a real page-turner. I love the way Jeremy and the dragon talk to each other, it is really unique. This book is without a doubt a 5/5. ...more
Mark Buxton
My name is Jeremy, and I just experienced the most memorable day of my life. My art teacher embarrassed me in the middle of class, a girl wanted to kiss me, and I was chased by bullies. I ended up lost in our small town and found myself in front of a magic shop. The shopkeeper said a big, shiny marble chose me (huh?), and I bought it for a quarter. Turns out the "marble" was a dragon egg! Now, I have a hungry dragonlet who's still learning to live in our world. My gerbils and guinea pigs are ...more
Nathaniel Hardman
Jan 25, 2016 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
Feb 27, 2010 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
Mary Z
Jul 05, 2009 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 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.
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Good fantasy for 3rd-5th graders. Short. Christopher Paolini must have read this as a child before he wrote Eragon. Lots of similarities in the hatching and connection of dragon and boy. Good recommendation for young readers who aren't ready to tackle the bigness of Eragon.
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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.” 25 likes
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