Book Review by Aarene Storms: Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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

Pip Bartlett didn't intend to start a riot at her school Career Day. It was totally an accident ... well, a series of accidents ... and some miscommunications ....

Anyhow, she didn't plan to ride the unicorn, and she really didn't mean for the entire herd of magical creatures to destroy three cellos, forty turkey burgers, a geode collection and her teacher's glasses.

But the Unicorn Incident is the reason that Pip got to spend the summer in Cloverton, Georgia, helping out at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures. A nice, quiet summer ... right?

Except that suddenly, the town is infested with cute little magical creatures that like to nest in underwear drawers and sometimes spontaneously combust.

Suddenly, Cloverton isn't very quiet at all.

This is a fun, silly, playful, story copiously illustrated with pictures of magical creatures such as the Miniature Silky Griffin ("hooves smell like erasers"), Emerald Dunking Duck ("many prefer multigrain and rye bread"), and most of all Fuzzles ("pests").

Highly recommended for readers ages 8 to adult (and beyond).

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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