Title: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (A Magic Shop Book #1)
Author: Bruce Coville
Publisher: Sandpiper 2007
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Reading Challenges: YA; Mount TBR
How I Got It: I own it!
In this entertaining fantasy readers will soon realize that things are not always as they seem. Jeremy Thatcher is plagued with all of the problems of a 12-year-old plus a few extra. He is pursued by Mary Lou Hutton, whom he detests, and is constantly put down by his art teacher for reasons he does not understand. One afternoon, in an effort to escape Mary Lou, Jeremy runs through alleys, side streets, and byways and finds himself in a part of town he has never seen before. He enters a small magic shop where he purchases a strange egg. A dragon that only Jeremy and Mary Lou can see enters the picture. The book is filled with scenes that will bring laughter and near tears to readers. Jeremy and his friends are believable characters; their actions and reactions are typical of the children's age. Once again, Coville offers a fantasy that younger readers can handle easily, and one in which dragons really exist for a little while.
The boys and I picked this up as an in between our Riordan books. And I have to say that this was great. I remember reading Coville's books in the 90s. This is a newer series, but just as good. The boys loved the magical twist on the story and the dragons. I think dragons are the boys' new favorite creatures. After finishing, they quickly inquired as to if they are other Magic Shop books. We own three of the five and are on the lookout for the other two.
- Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
- Jennifer Murdley's Toad
- Goblins in the Castle
- The Monster's Ring
- The Skull of Truth
- Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
- Charlie Eggleston's Talking Skull
- The Vampire's Tood
- The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado