Willa the Wisp

Abrams/Amulet. (Fabled Stables: Bk. 1). Oct. 2020. 96p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781419742699.
Gr 2-4–Beginning chapter book readers will appreciate this simple yet engaging story about a boy named Auggie and his sidekick, Fen, a stick-in-the-mud who can transform into almost anything. Together, they live with mystical and magical animals at the Fabled Stables located on an island on top of the world. Though life is full of adventure for Auggie, he longs for a friend to play alongside him. One morning, a new arrival appears at the Fabled Stables and is immediately chased by hunters and hound dogs. Auggie must quickly figure out why the new creature is sought after and how to help it. Could this be the friend Auggie has been patiently awaiting? Readers will root for Auggie and Willa the Wisp as they travel through the swamp to outwit the hunters. The colorful illustrations complement the text, allowing the reader to feel and see what the characters are experiencing.
VERDICT A wise purchase for libraries that serve young patrons who enjoy fantastical beginner novels.

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