by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
Release date: April 28, 5015
Genre: Children/MG, Fantasy
From 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.
This book has everything I want in a younger MG novel; magic, whimsy, funny and delightful characters. Pip Bartlett loves magical animals, she also loves Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, she does not love having to talk to humans, but that's okay because Pip can talk to magical creatures! After an unfortunate Unicorn incident - which was totally not Pip's fault! She did just what her mom told her, thought twice and acted once - Pip is sent to spend the summer with her Aunt Emma, who is a vet for magical creatures. All is well at first until the town is invaded by Fuzzles, little furry ball creatures who tend to erupt in flames when spooked.
This book was really fun, Pip is a great character, very well developed for a lower MG book with a nine-year-old as the main character. She's funny, loves adventure and magical creatures, and can not talk to humans for the life of her. There's so many awesome magical creatures, including miniature Griffin's and a Unicorn who is terrified of everything. Then there's Tomas, Pip's first real friend who's allergic to everything and Pip's Aunt Emma who shares Pip's love of magical creatures. Basically, this book is full of magic and child-like whimsy that's just a lot of fun.
I had to read this book because I love both authors and while it's middle grade, recommended for ages 8-12, I think anyone could pick it up, read through it quickly and come out with a smile on their face.
Fuzzles: little round magical creatures that roll, burst into flames when they're excited or scared, like to sleep in underwear drawers, and tend to travel in packs. They also can't really be trained. Would you want one for a pet? =)