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855 entries.
Ymeen from Karachi wrote on February 14, 2020:
Dear Bruce,

I read your books when I was in high school in Pakistan and loved them dearly. I don't know how, but my school library had a full set of signed books from you and they bought me and my friends much joy.

I still think about them randomly from time to time. Thank you very much for the happiness you gave my little 14 year old heart.

Much love,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Ymeem -

What a delightful message. I am so pleased that the books meant so much to you. I am also as puzzled as you are as to how a full set of autographed copies ended up in your library, but I am glad that they did!

Thank you for taking the time to tell me this. It gladdens my heart.

All the best,
James Puhala from Sparta Nj wrote on February 11, 2020:
Reply by Bruce Coville
There's not much in that message to respond to other than, Hello!
MAR SANCHEZ-SAAVEDRA from New Braunfels wrote on December 13, 2019:
Hello Bruce,my name is Mar Sanchez from New Braunfels.I just wanted to say that your books are amazing! My favorites are the Magic Shop series especially the Monsters Ring. I have also read some Moongobble and Me books my favorite is the one with the tiny pink cat!Please continue to write more books(with cats would be nice)!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Mar -
Many thanks for this very kind message. I'm delighted that THE MONSTER'S RING is one of your favorites. It was the very first chapter book that I published. That was back in 1982, and the fact that it is still around and young readers are still enjoying it is more than I could have dared to hope for.

As to "Moongobble and Me" - those books were so much fun to write, especially because my wife was doing the art. The pictures still crack me up.

I do indeed intent to keep writing!
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Bruce Coville
Joe Sanders from Rupert wrote on November 13, 2019:
Mr. and Mrs Coville all I want to say is I read many of your books to my two kids especially my son and they were hilarious. My son loved your books especially Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, and the Teacher and Alien books. I am a prolific reader myself and consider your books to be among the best for kids to stir their imaginations. The artwork really helps in that by the way. Thanks.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Joe - What a lovely message. Reading to my kids when they were young was one of my very favorite things about being a dad, and it always makes me happy to know that other fathers are now sharing my books with their own children. Totally love that!

I also want to apologize for the slow response. Your message got falsely tagged as spam and I just discovered it. (Dratted spammers make things hard for everyone!)

Best wishes to you and your family for a fabulous and book-filled 2020!

3rd Grade Students from East Hartford wrote on November 8, 2019:
Dear Mr. Coville,
We are currently reading My Teacher is an Alien and we LOVE it. It is very dramatic and has great details that let us visualize what is happening. We are practicing our prediction and summarizing skills after each chapter. We are halfway through the book, and are excited to read the next book in the series. We would love to share our visualization and prediction work with you.
Hope to hear from you soon,

Mrs. Everett's 3rd grade
Reply by Bruce Coville
Ahoy, Mrs. Everett's 3rd Grade -
Thanks for this great message. I am delighted to know how much you are enjoying MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN.
I used to teach 4th grade myself, and working with books with my kids was one of the great joys of my life, so I am delighted (and I think you are lucky!) that your teacher is using real books with you guys.
What do you have in mind for sharing your work with me? Mailing it, or sending it on line? Let me know and I will tell you the best way forward.

your friend,
Bruce Coville
Casey Jones from Charlotte wrote on November 6, 2019:
Dear Bruce,
In Escape from the grownup world my boyfriend reads to me each night from a book of my choosing. So, in looking for a book more his granddaughter’s age level I saw Diary of a Mad Brownie. Brilliant! Sir, we loved this delightful story: touch of mystery, loving family, fun interactions. The Pink Horror was most laughable. Thank you.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Casey -
Well, first off, the boyfriend sounds like a keeper! I love the thought of the nightly readings - and double love that MAD BROWNIE ended up being one of the read-alouds. I laughed a lot myself when I was writing that one. Really glad to know you enjoyed it! Thank for letting me know.

madison from La Canada wrote on November 4, 2019:
Dear, Bruce Coville
I really love your book Jeremy thatcher dragon hatcher. Are you going to write another book? I think Tiamat was really funny. Would you like to have a dragon as a pet? You are an awesome author. Thanks for making reading so fun.
From, Madison
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Madison -
Thanks for this message. I'm delighted that you loved JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER.
You asked if I am going to write another book. Well, I am always writing, and have written many other books. However if you mean will I write another book about Jeremy and Tiamat, the answer is probably no. I feel that I have told their story.
Would I like to have dragon as a pet? Oh, yes, indeed. Except I don't think dragons can truly be pets. They are too wild and free for that!

Your friend,
Bruce Coville
Arianna from Everett wrote on October 30, 2019:
Hi Bruce,

I just finished reading The Weeping Werewolf at school and my favorite character was Moongobble. I liked him because he tried his best to do magic. When did you make this book?

Also, do you celebrate Halloween or Christmas? If you celebrate Halloween, do you dress up? I'm being a vampire for Halloween.

Where do you live? Have you ever been to Washington?

5th Grader
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Arianna -

I'm glad to know you enjoyed "The Weeping Werewolf." You asked when I made the book. Instead of giving you the answer, I will tell you how you can always check on something like that. One of the pages at the front of the book is called the copyright page. Copyright is a law the protects an author and keeps people from stealing his or her work. If you look at the copyright page it will tell you the year of the copyright. That will also be the year when the book was first published.

I totally love Halloween! I have a black cape that I wear to answer the door for Trick or Treaters. Sometimes I have a skull mask that I wear with it. It is nicely creepy.

Happy reading
Natalie from Everett wrote on October 24, 2019:
Dear Mr Coville,
I finished ready The Weeping Werewolf and I thought it was really interesting. I always wonder how you came up with that story. How did you? I liked it when Moongobble cried, "Iggle! Biggle! Makka Stikglo!" It was funny because he messed up. Where is your favorite place to write stories?

Grade 5
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Natalie -

I'm really glad to know you enjoyed "The Weeping Werewolf" I had some surprises while I was writing the story - including figuring out who the werewolf really was!

The big trick in writing is to think of interesting characters, give them a problem, and then see what happens!

All best,
Anya from Everett wrote on October 24, 2019:
Dear Mr. Coville
Hello my name is Anya. I finished the book: The Weeping Werewolf, I thought the book was AMAZING!!!! My favorite character was the Rusty Knight, he's funny!
What is your favorite character? And why?
What is your first book you have wrote?
Do you have pet, if not what pet would you want?

From, Anya
5 grade!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Anya -

Nice to hear from you, and I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed "The Weeping Werewolf" I really shouldn't choose a favorite character (it's like saying which of my kids I love most!) but I have to admit that I have a special fondness for Urk. His crankiness makes him really fun to write.

The first book I wrote was called "The Sword and the Citadel" But it was never published. Often the first book is for practice. The first published book was "The Foolish Giant."

Keep readin'