- Age Range: 9 and up
- Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
- Publisher: Aladdin (July 15, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671693891
- ISBN-13: 978-0671693893
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,989,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Monster's Ring Paperback – July 15, 1989
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Here are some of the characters:
Russell Crannaker, 5th grade and the hero, and who soon turns into the Wolfman. (And that's just for starters!)
Eddie (with no last name, by the way), the bad guy, mean, and big, and punches Russell.
S. H. Elives, Prop., Magic Shop. "Old? Ancient was more like it."
Missy Freebaker, a friend.
Miss Snergal, a teacher.
The principal Mr. Henry Rafschnitz, The Beast of Boardman Road Elementary School.
And there are others, including two rats, Jerome and Roxanne, that talk!
Lastly, there's Mrs. Brown (talking to Russell), who had been teaching for forty years and was not so easily intimidated. "Young man, you leave this room this instant!"
Is there something different with these people (other than the rats, of course)? Well, most of the last names I can't even pronounce. And then there is Mrs. Brown. 1. Is she from the song "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by the group Herman's Hermits? And 2. On page 49, Mrs. Brown looks exactly like Mrs. Doubtfire in the movie with Robin Williams.
Oh, by the way, Russell has wings (like Dracula)!
Finally, on the author's note, on the very last page, it says: "I'm often asked for the correct pronunciation of the name of the man who runs the magic shop. The answer is easy. Just remember that `Mystery lives!'". And it took me a while to get it, but I did it (finally). It is a perfect clue!
This was absolutely a terrific book!!! CLASSIC!