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The Monster's Ring: A Magic Shop Book Paperback – October 1, 2008
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The Monster's Ring is a multi-voiced recording featuring author Bruce Coville himself as narrator and the talented Full Cast Audio family of actors. The roles of the children are played by real life children, which adds an authentic touch, and young Russell's transformation into a monster is guaranteed to delight young and old alike. Reminiscent of classic radio drama, this magical audiobook is even better because it contains the full, unabridged text. Special Feature: An exclusive afterword with author Bruce Coville, who talks about how he first got the idea for the Magic Shop books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!