Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

PEARCE, Jackson & . illus. by Maggie Stiefvater. 192p. ebook available. Scholastic. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545709262; ebk. $16.99. ISBN 9780545709286.
Gr 3–5—In this promising series opener, nine-year-old Pip has the unique ability to communicate with magical creatures—but no one believes her. After the "Unicorn Incident" ruins Career Day at her Atlanta elementary school, Pip is sent to small-town Cloverton to stay with her aunt. Aunt Emma is a veterinarian to magical creatures, and even though she doesn't believe in Pip's ability either, she is willing to let Pip help out around the clinic—especially when an invasion of fireball Fuzzles threatens the town. With the help of her cousin Callie (a fan of musicals) and her new friend Tomas (who is allergic to everything), Pip must use her knowledge and imagination to save the town from fire and the Fuzzles from extermination.
VERDICT Fast-paced and sprinkled with diagrams of magical creatures and whimsical details (like Tomas's tendency to exhibit allergic reactions such as hiccuping colorful bubbles or floating), this younger middle-grade offering from Pearce and Stiefvater will please fantasy and animal story fans alike.

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