Friday, January 1, 2016

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

Cover image for Pip Bartlett's Guide to magical creatures : a novelPip Bartlett loves learning about magical creatures, so she is not too disappointed when her mother arranges for her to spend the summer with her aunt, who is a magical creatures vet.  Pip has a secret; she can talk with animals, so she soon becomes a valuable asset at the veterinarian clinic.  Her skills become invaluable when her town is overrun by Fuzzles, little creatures that burst into flame when they are nervous.  Pip, her aunt, and her new friend, Thomas, are in a race against time to keep the cute little Fuzzles from either burning down the town or being exterminated.

This was a cute and lighthearted little book that would be appropriate for a fairly young child who was a advanced reader.  Nothing terribly scary happens, and there are some funny scenes and mild underwear and flatulence jokes.  This is a good choice for readers who have been enjoying books like "The Rescue Princesses" or the "Animal Magic" series and are ready to move up to a slightly longer offering. (184 p.)

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