Battle of the Books, 2003-
Synopses & Reviews
It all starts when Russell Crannaker buys a "monster's ring" from weird old Mr. Elives. Russell is sure the ring is just a silly magic trick -- but he follows the instructions anyway, and slips it on his finger. Then he whispers the magic chant, twists the ring once, and suddenly he's sprouting horns! Hair covers his face and hands. Russell has become...a monster!
Russell quickly learns how to change back and forth from human to monster. But he hasn't paid enough attention to the directions, and when he puts on the ring on the night of a full moon, and twists it three times, Russell realizes he's gone too far....
Revised and expanded, this 20th anniversary edition of the novel that launched the bestselling Magic Shop series features a new Afterword by the author. Illustrations.
About the Author
is an artist, a sculptor, and a doll maker who specializes in highly detailed images of creatures never before seen in this world. She has illustrated several books written by her husband, Bruce Coville, including Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework,
and the Space Brat series.
Bruce and Katherine live in Syracuse, New York, with a varying assortment of pets and children.