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3.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 53.82 out of 5 3.82 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Coville Narrator: Bruce Coville and the Full Cast Family Publisher: Full Cast Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN:
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Pursued by the bullying Eddie, the timid Russell Crannaker stumbles into Mr. Elives' magic shop, where he buys a mysterious ring that allows him to become a monster. But has he become too bold?

What exactly is the ring doing to him? And what price will he have to pay if he fails to follow the directions? This full cast recording, narrated by Bruce Coville himself, perfectly captures the frightfully funny, deliciously scary story that launched the highly acclaimed Magic Shop series.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean O'donnell | 2/20/2014

    " Such a fun book. I am reading it to the kids as a countdown to Halloween like my dad did. They love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " Very cute book! Looking forward to reading it with my 4th graders! I hope to get some of them interested in reading some of the other Magic Shop books on their own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fairyfrenzy (blue | 2/1/2014

    " Is the first Bruce Colville book I have read and it is also one of the best books I have read so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed this when I read it (I was probably about 11). From what I remember, it's a good book. If you're 11 :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesse | 1/15/2014

    " 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 the book very wisely avoids being one-sided. It makes the idea of being a monster seem attractive, and I could see a kid picking up this book and relating to that conceit immediately. Coville seems to be giving all of the young geeks and outcasts of the world something to cling to, and I imagine that if I had discovered this book when I was young, I would have cherished it wholeheartedly. As it is, I'm sorry to say that I wasn't very impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/13/2014

    " I had no idea that this was book #4; you can easily jump in! My boys and I listened to it on audio and it was lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 1/6/2014

    " The first Bruce Coville book I ever read, and still my favorite. For other stories of kids stumbling upon a magic object and it getting out of hand, see Penelope's Pendant by Douglas A. Hill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qt | 1/4/2014

    " I think this is an early Bruce Coville book, so it's a littel bit different in style than some of the others I read. But, I quite enjoyed it and found it a very nice little book for Halloween! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon | 12/24/2013

    " This is the best Bruce Coville book i've ever read. It has a good storyline and is hard to resist. i found myself reading it in the middle of math class! LOL :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 12/4/2013

    " Loved this book. This is the first of the Magic Shop books. They are short, cute, fun books! A little bit of mystery and mischief. Bruce Coville is a fun author. Great books for kids to read and enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 11/30/2013

    " The kids loved this easy chapter book. It made the drive to St. George much more bearable. My 8 year old liked it the best... So that is the age I'd recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/27/2013

    " My preschooler liked this book but I think it was a bit old for him, I would reccomend it for grades 3 to 5. I did enjoy it, a magic ring that can turn you into a monster.... Although I think being a mommy can sometimes have the same effect, just minus the scales and horns : ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Schwent | 11/15/2013

    " 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? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jahnavi | 11/8/2013

    " The ring is mysterious.... as is the story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Speakercoret | 11/8/2013

    " 2,5 * sukaan yg dragon hatcher :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/2/2013

    " This was a pretty sweet book. I just remember some kid turning into a monster and flying. I guess that's pretty epic for an elementary school kid. Especially at Halloween. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joslins | 10/7/2013

    " The first book in Coville's Magic Shop series. This one sets the pattern for the others that follow. Chased by bullies, the main character finds a magic shop where they purchase something that, through a series of misadventures, helps them see their own self worth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren | 8/28/2013

    " I remember reading this as a kid so I reserved a copy at the library and read it to Emma. She loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Beymer | 6/10/2013

    " A fun and quick fantasy/horror romp by Bruce Coville. If you like either of those genres or have a kid interested in the same then you'll enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daha0wils0n | 6/8/2013

    " what the buck? how come the picture on my book cover is different? i had finished this book, but i wanna be russel crannaker because he is awesome in the book. i mean not him, i mean the ring... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indah Threez Lestari | 4/10/2013

    " Makanya, kalo pake barang nggak jelas baca dulu aturan pakainya... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 3/28/2013

    " Another great Magic Shop book, but it doesn't really compare to Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn Trlak-Donahue | 8/7/2012

    " This entire series is great for 4-7th grades-very unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/13/2012

    " We listened to this on CD while driving to Utah. We had to listen to it multiple times, and Ryan and I enjoyed it the 2nd time around too. Very engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/9/2012

    " This was probably the first chapter book I read as a kid. It's also the first chapter book I've read to my kids (6 and 5). It's every bit as charming as it was when I was little. My kids both loved it and have been doing scenes from the story in their play acting over the last couple days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nchatxu | 10/20/2011

    " The story is about this kid who stepped into a magical shop and bought a ring. The shop soon disappears and the kid puts the ring on and turns into a monster on Halloween. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorajean | 8/17/2011

    " After reading Juliette Dove this just didn't intrigue me as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 4/13/2011

    " I read this when I was maybe 9, so I remember nothing except vaguely liking it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 1/12/2011

    " Not quite as intriguing as Dragon Hatcher, but a fun story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/25/2010

    " Coville's Magic Shop books are an easy-read and would be good for 3rd through 5th graders. I wasn't quite as into this particular one as I was for "Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher." Monsyter's Ring wasn't quite as humorous or fully-fleshed. But I'd still enjoy reading it to my kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Threez | 6/12/2010

    " Makanya, kalo pake barang nggak jelas baca dulu aturan pakainya... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nchatxu | 4/23/2010

    " The story is about this kid who stepped into a magical shop and bought a ring. The shop soon disappears and the kid puts the ring on and turns into a monster on Halloween. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 4/9/2010

    " Another cute installment of the magic shop books. The message here: Be careful what you wish for, it has consequences. A good story of overcoming problems, making friends, and making right choices. A good read at any age, but definitely a children's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/2/2010

    " I had no idea that this was book #4; you can easily jump in! My boys and I listened to it on audio and it was lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 10/2/2009

    " this is a perfect book to read with your kids, especially around halloween! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 9/18/2009

    " This was a pretty sweet book. I just remember some kid turning into a monster and flying. I guess that's pretty epic for an elementary school kid. Especially at Halloween. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/2/2009

    " 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? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 6/30/2009

    " really good lesson taught here!!! i will follow it for the time being (until i forget it!). i really like his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fairyfrenzy | 5/12/2009

    "
    Is the first Bruce Colville book I have read and it is also one of the best books I have read so far. "

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About the Author
Author Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville is the author of 101 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher Is an Alien and the wildly popular Unicorn Chronicles series. He has been a teacher, a toymaker, a magazine editor, a gravedigger, and a cookware salesman. He is also the founder of Full Cast Audio. Bruce lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, author and illustrator Katherine Coville.