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The Evil Elves (Moongobble and Me Series #3)
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The Evil Elves (Moongobble and Me Series #3)

by Bruce Coville, Katherine Coville (Illustrator)
 

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Moongobble has successfully completed two of his three Mighty Tasks: He's collected the Golden Acorns of Alcoona and bottled the tears of the Weeping Werewolf. There's only one more Mighty Task to go, then Moongobble will become a member of the Society of Magicians. But this might be the most difficult one of them all. Moongobble must go deep into the Forest of

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Moongobble has successfully completed two of his three Mighty Tasks: He's collected the Golden Acorns of Alcoona and bottled the tears of the Weeping Werewolf. There's only one more Mighty Task to go, then Moongobble will become a member of the Society of Magicians. But this might be the most difficult one of them all. Moongobble must go deep into the Forest of Boodle to recover the Queen's Belly Button, a magical stone that was plucked off an ancient statue by a band of elves. The Belly Button has the power to tempt its owner to do evil things — and those elves have been causing trouble left and right.

Moongobble enlists the help of Edward, Urk, the Rusty Knight, Fireball the Dragon, and Arfur, an old friend. Even with their help, this task won't be easy. Anyone who attempts to steal the Belly Button and fails will be turned into stone! Will Moongobble be able to successfully steal the stone and resist its powers?

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"Kids who are too young for Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings series can cut their teeth on this fantasy."

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Children's Literature
In the wake of the success of Harry Potter, more and more books are being published to sate the appetites of young fantasy lovers. Unfortunately, some of them are stronger than others and this one falls into the latter category. Moongobble, young bumbling magician, embarks on a quest to gain a stone called the Queen's Belly Button. Along the way, his ability to take the high road rewards him with entry into the Society of Magicians. The story is somewhat hackneyed and characters like the Rusty Knight are cliched. The morals sprinkled throughout the story are didactic and heavy-handed. For example, Moongobble's mother advises him to be good to the people he meets along the way. Moongobble then reiterates the moral so there is no way the reader can avoid the intended moral. The production itself is spotty with the narrator unsure and uneven in his delivery. As always, Full Cast audio is multivoiced allowing young listeners to follow the story easily. This audio is the third and last in the "Moongobble and Me" series which includes Dragon of Doom and The Weeping Werewolf as well. All are available in the audiobook format. Length: 1 hour, 1 CD 2005, Full Cast Audio, Ages 6 to 9.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Moongobble must perform one more mighty task in order to be part of the Society of Magicians in the third title in the series by Bruce Coville (S & S). Unfortunately, his magic often goes astray, and when the story opens Moongobble has once again turned himself into a piece of cheese. Luckily, he has many friends who want to help, including a young boy named Edward who also narrates the story. Moongobble sets out to bring back an enchanted stone called the Queen's Bellybutton which has made an entire village of elves evil. He is joined on his quest by Edward, a talking toad, a good elf, a dragon, and the Rusty Knight. They survive the dangerous journey to the evil elves' village, but Moongobble must shrink Edward to elf size so he can sneak in and recover the enchanted stone. Does Edward have a noble enough heart to fight the evil of the Queen's Bellybutton so Moongobble can finally become a magician: This tale of magic and adventure is effectively performed by a cast of eight actors. Background instrumental music introduces each chapter, and some sound effects add to the story's action. Young readers who enjoy light-hearted fantasy will relish this tale that's full of fun, action, and a little suspense.-Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689857591
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Series:
Moongobble and Me Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
293,361
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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"Kids who are too young for Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings series can cut their teeth on this fantasy."

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Meet the Author

Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine.

Katherine Coville 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.

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