Bruce Coville · Children · Magic Shop Books

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (A Magic Shop Book) by Bruce Coville


If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop.

And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too, might be asked to make a choice. What would you buy? The Chinese rings? The Skull of Truth? Or the dragon’s egg? And if you did buy the dragon’s egg, what would you do when you found out you were supposed to hatch it? (




Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher is a funny, engaging, and adventurous story. It was very exciting and I could not put it down! I enjoyed the limited illustrations, which allow for children to use their imagination while giving them a place to start.


Jeremy is an average 6th grade boy who is actually believable. I like that the main character is relatable to children when they read this book. He goes to school (though he doesn’t like it much), loves to draw, and doesn’t like girls. Every boy (and girl) will love this book. It will keep them interested from the beginning!


The writing is easy to understand (character thoughts are in italics), flows well, and there are plenty of opportunities to build vocabulary for children who can read.

Overall Thoughts

If you (or your kids) love dragons, and an exciting and adventurous story, then you will love this book. It is a great book to read aloud to younger children. They will not want you to stop!

My rating: 5/5 stars!


View this book on Amazon and Goodreads!

Authors Website with information about himself and his books

Book Review by Dreaming About Other Worlds

Book Review by Literature Preview for Parents

Book Review by Great Books for Kids


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