Books for Young Readers
by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press | April 2015
Age: 8 – 12 years | 192 pages
Because of a Unicorn Incident at her school (it was an accident!), Pip is spending the summer with her Aunt Emma at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures. At first, it’s all fun, games, and chatting with Hobgrackles, but when Fuzzles appear and start bursting into flame at the worst possible places, Pip and her new friend Tomas must take action. Because if the mystery of the Fuzzles isn’t solved soon, both magical and unmagical creatures are going to be in a lot of trouble.
Pip Bartlett lives in a world filled with magical, mystical, mythical creatures. Pip can talk to the animals but no one believes her, so she pretends not to hear them when adults are around. Aside from that unusual ability, Pip is a normal eleven-year-old. Plus she’s smart, likable, compassionate, and loves animals.
The story is fun, entertaining, and filled with illustrations of mythical creatures. Each drawing has descriptions and notes added by Pip as she makes new discoveries about each animal. No one knows much about Fuzzles and unfortunately for them, they are considered a pest. But Pip doesn’t think they are bad, just scared, and along with her friend Tomas, sets out to discover why.
This book will delight young readers who are just discovering fantasy and those that love animals. I enjoyed it even though I’m not the target audience.
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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