The Monster's Ring

The Monster's Ring

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Twist it once, you're horned and haired;
Twist it twice and fangs are bared;
Twist it thrice? No one has dared!
Russell is sure that the ring he gets at Mr. Elives' shop is just a silly magic trick, but he follows the instructions and twists the ring twice anyway--and becomes a monster! Includes an author's note.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 105 pages
  • 127 x 187.96 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0152064427
  • 9780152064426
  • 199,283

Review quote

"This lively tale . . . is more than just another story about [Halloween]. . . . It is a good book that will appeal, at any time, to anyone who, like Russell, is 'very fond of monsters.'"--The New York Times Book Review "The mix of monsters, magic, and Halloween has a built-in appeal."--Booklist "Bruce Coville's story is a Halloween romp, with Katherine Coville's illustrations revving up the chills and giggles . . . a junior Jekyll and Hyde."--Publishers Weekly - ABA's Pick of the Lists - Children's Choice Award Nominee (in four states) - IRA Children's Choice
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Rating details

2,211 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 25% (552)
4 33% (733)
3 32% (716)
2 8% (167)
1 2% (43)

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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 monsters, so he enjoys becoming one with the turn of his ring. Plus, Halloween is coming up and transforming himself into a monster would be the best costume ever. But being a monster is dangerous, and when Russell dares to turn the ring and transform into a monster again and again, he gets much more than fur and horns! I have been a big fan of Bruce Coville since I was a child, so I was excited to see this series re-released. This book is the first in the MAGIC SHOP books and is the perfect treat for a funny, spooky read. The story was short, but it had just the right amount of humor and mystery. At the end, the book included a note from the author in which he mentioned he wrote THE MONSTER'S RING so he would have a great Halloween read. I agree - this is the perfect Halloween, or anytime, read!show more
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