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MOONGOBBLE AND ME by Bruce Coville


The Dragon of Doom

by Bruce Coville & illustrated by Katherine Coville

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85754-3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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)