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Monster's Ring (Magic Shop #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,265 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
When timid Russell Crannaker stumbles into Mr. Elives' strange store, he buys a mysterious ring that lets him turn himself into a monster. But Russell soon learns that when you mess around with magic you must always follow the directions! This is the frightfully funny, deliciously scary story that launched the wildly popular Magic Shop series.
Published November 1st 2002 by Full Cast Audio(NY) (first published 1982)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jack Keely
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What bullied fifth grade kid wouldn't want a magic ring that could bring out his inner monster? The book was intended as a entertaining light read for kids. It is that, but it has more to offer as well. There is a warmth and an essential goodness about 'The Monster's Ring', and a bit of bite as well. I appreciated that the shy protagonist made an attempt to stand up for himself even before the magic of the ring took hold. Mr. Coville also offered just enough background information on the school ...more
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed it and found it a very nice little book for Halloween!
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! I got a lot of laughs out of this story. Children will no doubt love this book and its humor!
I find it hard to dislike a children fantasy book. However, if you are just like me, give this book a go!
Kathy Davie
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Muhajjah Saratini
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.
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