Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce

ISBN 10: 0545709261    Hardcover   $16
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 28, 2015), 192 pages.
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Vine Reviewers program.

The blurb:
Fuzzles are everywhere. In your kitchen. In your backpack. In your underwear drawer.  Which is problem, since Fuzzles burst into flame at the worst possible moments...

Pip Bartlett can talk to magical creatures. It's a talent that nobody around her can understand.  Unfortunately, this talent can get her into trouble.  Like the time the unicorns stampeded her school.  Fortunately, Pip's aunt is a vet for magical creatures in a different town, and can take Pip in.

Unfortunately,  Pip's new best friend, Tomas, is allergic to magical creatures.  And unfortunately, Fuzzles have invaded Pip's new town, bursting into flames at all the wrong times.

It's up to Pip, Tomas, and a strange assortment of magical creatures to solve the mystery of what's going on with the Fuzzles. . . . and hopefully save the town from burning down.

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures begins with Career Day and an incident with unicorns. It turns out that Pip is the one person who can communicate with magical creatures. After the unicorn incident, nine-year old Pip is sent to assist her veterinarian aunt in her practice of magical creatures and her unique ability results in all sorts of complications and misadventures.

We follow Pip as she makes friends with an allergy prone boy her age and charms all sorts of magical creatures. While there Pip doesn't go on a quest or big adventure, she brings fun to an otherwise quiet suburban town. Fun read!

About the Authors:

Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater first met online through their shared love of reading, writing, and adorable animal photos.  They have since become good friends, and despite living in different states, talk daily (to plan mischief) and visit one another often (to execute mischief).

With the Pip Bartlett series, they decided to join forces to tell the sort of story they wanted to read: One with clever kids, plenty of magic, and as many animals as they could fit into the page.  Maggie's favorite magical creature in the Pip series is the Scottish Bogwallow; Jackson's is the Flowerbeast.  This is their first collaboration.

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