This was so cute and fun! I'm so glad I got a chance to read it. Special thanks to my coworker who brought this back from TLA to share!
Here's the premise: This world is very much like ours, except populated with various magical creatures that people can (sometimes) keep as pets. You know, unicorns and the like. Young Pip has a secret: she can talk to them and understand them! Unfortunately, this special ability has gotten her into a little bit of trouble.
I was totally charmed by Pip and her little friend, Tomas, who happens to be allergic to just about everything (the poor dear). One of the things I like about these characters is that they're fairly quiet, unassuming kids -- not that there's anything wrong with boisterous, confident main characters, not at all, it's just that sometimes it is nice to see the "background nerd" types get their own adventures. I personally relate to them a little more, anyway.
A big part of the fun of this book is the detail the authors put into all the various types of magical creatures that come up. We get to meet a HobGrackle, a Miniature Silky Griffin, the adorably terrible Tribble-like Fuzzles, and even a... well, I won't spoil the ending for you, haha.
One of the other really fantastic things about this book is that one of the authors, Maggie Stiefvater, did all of the illustrations for it. (Authors don't always get to illustrate their own books, so that's kind of a big deal.) Stiefvater is the sort of person who paints designs on walls in her own house and makes custom tarot cards to go with her YA book series -- she's as much of an artist as she is an author.
By the way, it was a lot of fun watching these two authors go on tour together for this book via social media like Twitter and Tumblr. I wish I'd gotten a chance to see them in person!
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Publication information: Pearce, Jackson and Maggie Stiefvater. Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures. New York: Scholastic Press, 2015. Print.
Source: ARC from the Texas Library Association conference.
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