Quick Review: Pip Bartlett’s Guide for Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stievfater

Featured imageSince this book will not be published until April 28, I’ll keep this review short.  First this book is adorable. Pip Bartlett is a smart, curious and kind girl, who just loves animals, especially magically ones.  As far as she knows, she is the only person who can talk to them and they can talk to her. Of course, being the only one means that no one else believes you. After an unfortunate incident with a couple of unicorns, Pip gets sent to live with her Aunt Emma, who is a magical creatures vet for the summer.  Pip is thrilled! When an infestation of Fuzzles threatens the town, it’s up to Pip, her new friend Tomas, Aunt Emma and Cousin Callie to save everyone.

Pip is great! She’s fun and funny.  Honest in a way that only a kid can be.  The book and Pip really come to life with Maggie’s illustrations.  They give the reader not only a insight into what the creatures look like and how they behave but also gives us insight into Pip herself, as she interjects her own opinions and observations.  Tomas is a good friend to have as a sidekick.  The one drawback is the villain of the story is mean and rude but for really no reason than she hates all magical creatures.  The good thing about being a series is that we have time to figure out why.

So if you have kids or don’t, check it out when it comes out later this month.

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