Review: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

bartlettFrom 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.

Pip Bartlett is an adorable read that can best be described as a cross between Animal Ark and How to Train Your Dragon. It therefore follows that this book is full of magical creatures, some well known, some newly imagined. From vain Unicorns to shy Fuzzles, the creatures are bursting with personality.

Pip is an awesome narrator; brave, curious and optimistic. She loves adding notes into her Guide and investing the multitude of magical creatures. I loved the illustrated excerpts from the guide! She quickly befriends the cautious Tomas and the two set out to save the misunderstood Fuzzles.

The plot is fun and captivating, my only qualm is that the mystery could have been set up a bit better making it more central to the plot.

In all, Pip Bartlett is a fun read, exciting from the first word to the last – recommended to animal fans!

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