Feiwel & Friends. Feb. 2020. 304p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250123305.
Gr 4-7–Eli, Neha, and Court have never really had much in common. They’re in the same gifted class, but have different interests. Eli is a writer, Neha has her drawing, and Court feels like she doesn’t quite belong among the gifted kids. That all changes when mysterious things surrounding Neha’s drawings start to happen. Neha’s drawings aren’t just regular pictures of houses, gardens, and shops; her art is inhabited by special creatures come to life, called Creeps, who rely on Neha for their safety. When monsters invade her sketchbook with Court and Eli watching, Neha makes the drastic move to set the Creeps free in the human world to keep them safe. Realizing that the monsters are ones Eli created in his stories, the three friends must figure out how to set the world of the Creeps right and free them from danger. With more monsters breaking through to the human world, the young trio, along with the Creeps, prepare for the ultimate battle against Eli’s most vicious monster: The Howler. Featuring a diverse group of characters that readers will engage with and a story that is nonstop action, this is a kooky and fun read with tons of imagination.
VERDICT A fast-paced fantasy adventure appropriate for readers looking for creative alternate worlds and monster-fighting antics.

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