Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press, 2015
Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes an exciting new series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations.
Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.
This series will be perfect for kids that are too young for Harry Potter. It also reminded me of the Beastologist books. The magical creatures were creative, entertaining and hilarious. Also, I loved that the main character was a girl. Her sidekick, full of allergies, added a great comedic element. The solution at the end was a bit too easy, but it’s a kid’s book. It didn’t need to be tremendous. All fantasy fans should read it!