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The Dragon of Doom, Bruce Coville ; illustrated by Katherine Coville

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The Dragon of Doom
Title
The Dragon of Doom
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Bruce Coville ; illustrated by Katherine Coville
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Life in the village of Pigbone is boring until an aspiring magician and his talking toad come to town and ask Edward to help them slay the Dragon of Doom
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Review
  • Gr 2-4 –The first in a new trilogy, this book combines humor, adventure, and fantasy. Nothing much happens in the town of Pigbone–until a magician and his talking toad move into the abandoned cottage on the hill. When young Edward becomes Moongobble's helper, he soon discovers that the former shoemaker is not very good at his new profession, a situation that results in many comical moments. In fact, the Society of Magicians threatens to cast Moongobble out unless he proves his worth by facing the Dragon of Doom. When all of his spells fail, Edward finds himself confronting the creature on his own. The ending is not entirely resolved, leaving the door open for the next installment. The story is fast paced, and cliff-hanger endings will keep youngsters turning the pages. The whimsical black-and-white illustrations add to the action. Purchase this title for those fans of Harry Potter who need something easier, shorter, and less complicated to read on their own.–Kristina Aaronson, Henniker Community School, NH --Kristina Aaronson (Reviewed January 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 1, p96)
  • Despite its title, this inaugural installment of Coville's (the Space Brat books) Moongobble and Me series offers little that is child-pleasingly chilling. Narrator Edward, who lives with his mother at the edge of Pigbone, a seemingly timeless town, complains that his life lacks excitement. He hopes this will change when Moongobble, a bumbling would-be magician, moves into a nearby cottage. Yet even after the boy becomes assistant to this good-natured fellow, the excitement—and enchantment—are in short supply. Edward's new neighbor explains that he is a former shoemaker who (in a wry reference to a familiar story) became interested in magic after "a group of elves started to help me out." But in order to join the Society of Magicians, Moongobble must either pass a magic test (which he fails after performing his signature bungled trick, changing a stone into blue cheese and splattering green goo everywhere) or perform "three Mighty Tasks." He here tackles the first one, an assignment to retrieve the Golden Acorns of Alcoona, guarded by a "deadly dragon" (which turns out to be diminutive and benign) with anticlimactic results. Short sentences, paragraphs and chapters, as well as Katherine Coville's appealing, softly focused graphite illustrations, tailor this tale to beginning or reluctant readers. But despite the splashes of humor (Moongobble's sidekick, a talking frog, utters some punchy one-liners), Coville fans will likely find this disappointing. Ages 6-10. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 50, p73)
  • A little boy named Edward is the first-person narrator of this transitional chapter book that also includes a bumbling beginning magician, backfiring spells, and a talking toad. The magician, Moongobble, is assigned the task of procuring three golden acorns from the Dragon of Doom who guards them, and Edward goes along on the quest journey as an assistant. Lots of dialogue, very short chapters with cliff-hanging endings, and pencil illustrations interspersed throughout the text help keep the action moving. But the plot and characters are really nothing new or particularly exciting in the world of wizard-wannabe fiction—though the subject will have instant appeal at this age range. The Dragon of Doom turns out to be a small, rather shy creature who merely projected his huge shadow with "smoke and mirrors" to scare people away. The troop of adventurers returns to Edward's village to await Moongobble's next assignment to prove himself worthy of membership in the Society of Magicians, and further volumes expanding the series seem destined to develop Edward's own interest in becoming an apprentice magician. (Fiction. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
131188
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Coville, Bruce
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 6-10
  • 590L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
3.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Coville, Katherine
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Moongobble and me;
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magicians
  • Dragons
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The Dragon of Doom, Bruce Coville ; illustrated by Katherine Coville
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Copyright
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Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Aladdin Paperbacks edition.
Extent
69 pages
Isbn
9780689857577
Lccn
bl2005001647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780689857577
  • 076714003996
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The Dragon of Doom, Bruce Coville ; illustrated by Katherine Coville
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First Aladdin Paperbacks edition.
Extent
69 pages
Isbn
9780689857577
Lccn
bl2005001647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 9780689857577
  • 076714003996
Other physical details
illustrations

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