The Dragon of Doom by Bruce Coville
When Moongobble the magician moves to town, Edward is eager to become his new apprentice. It turns out, though, that Moongobble isn’t much of a magician after all — every time he tries a spell, he ends up turning something into cheese. In fact, he’s about to lose his authority to practice magic if he can’t prove himself proficient by completing three difficult tasks. The first task is to steal some special acorns from the Dragon of Doom, so Moongobble and Edward set off with Urk, the pessimistic talking toad, and the Rusty Knight, who’s nearly deaf, to find the dragon’s cave.
This short children’s novel provided my girls and me with an hour’s worth of delightful entertainment. We listened to the charming version produced by Full Cast Audio. (It was available for free download from our library’s Overdrive subscription, but if you don’t have that, it’s available for $2.95 at Audible.) As we listened to The Dragon of Doom, we laughed together often because Bruce Coville’s sense of humor is appealing to both children and adults.
At the end of The Dragon of Doom, Moongobble, with Edward’s help, has completed his first task. The second task will be introduced in the next volume of MOONGOBBLE AND ME, The Weeping Werewolf. My library doesn’t have that one on audio, so I’ve purchased it at Audible.
Here’s what my daughters said about The Dragon of Doom:
Tali, age 9: “The Dragon of Doom had a lot of suspense and a lot of exciting events and it was very funny. That’s why I liked it.”
Petra, age 6: “The Dragon of Doom was good!”
Being able to magically conjure cheese could come in handy when the fridge is empty and I don’t feel like going out to the store. “Hocus pocus!…Yay, a cheese lamp!”