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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures (Pip Bartlett Series #1)
     

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures (Pip Bartlett Series #1)

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by Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce
 

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Here's a list of things Pip Bartlett can talk to:

Unicorns
Miniature Silky Griffins
Bitterflunks
Basically, all magical creatures

Here's a list of things she can't talk to (at least, not very well):

Parents
Teachers
Basically, all people

Because of a Unicorn Incident at her school (it was an accident!), Pip is spending the summer

Overview


Here's a list of things Pip Bartlett can talk to:

Unicorns
Miniature Silky Griffins
Bitterflunks
Basically, all magical creatures

Here's a list of things she can't talk to (at least, not very well):

Parents
Teachers
Basically, all people

Because of a Unicorn Incident at her school (it was an accident!), Pip is spending the summer with her Aunt Emma at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures. At first, it's all fun, games, and chatting with Hobgrackles, but when Fuzzles appear and start bursting into flame at the worst possible places, Pip and her new friend Tomas must take action. Because if the mystery of the Fuzzles isn't solved soon, both magical and unmagical creatures are going to be in a hot mess of trouble.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/23/2015
Nine-year-old Pip Bartlett kicks off this series opener from Pearce (Cold Spell) and Stiefvater (The Raven Boys) by inadvertently instigating a unicorn stampede—sometimes being able to talk to magical creatures isn’t as wonderful as one might think. When Pip is sent to spend the summer in Georgia with her Aunt Emma, a dedicated vet for magical creatures, Pip gets plenty more practice in communicating with amazing beasts. Excerpts from her favorite book, Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, appear throughout, illustrated by Stiefvater and heavily annotated by Pip (“bad listeners,” she scrawls on the unicorn page, following the incident in the book’s prologue). When the town is overrun by Fuzzles—small, fuzzy creatures that catch fire at the slightest provocation—Pip has a chance to redeem herself. Fantasy fans will delight in Pip’s humorous adventures in a world whose mix of the magical and the modern feels like a gentler cousin to the ones featured in the authors’ respective YA books. Ages 8–12. Agent: (for Pearce) Josh Adams, Adams Literary; (for Stiefvater) Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
Pip Bartlett is one unique nine-year-old. She is able to communicate with magical creatures. As exciting as this sounds, it can also be a big problem! Pip is always ready for an adventure, equipped with a handy flashlight, a pen, and “the best book ever,” Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures. She also has plenty of marshmallows, which are a favored snack of many magical creatures. At the present moment, she is not too happy with the unicorns, but she can’t even worry about that now because Fuzzles have invaded her new town. Fuzzles look like cute, fluffy, harmless creatures—until they burst into flames! Pip must save the town from burning down by solving the mystery of the Fuzzles. She enlists the help of other magical creatures and her new best friend, Tomas. Get ready to follow Pip and Tomas on this exciting, fantastical reading adventure. This title is promised to be the first in a new series by bestselling authors Pierce and Stiefvater. Reviewer: Lisette Baez; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
07/01/2015
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.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Brighton District Library, Brighton, MI
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-03
Magical animals abound in Pip's world, and she loves them all—especially since she can talk to them.Not that anyone believes her, because everyone knows that magical animals can't talk. But her unique ability comes in superhandy when the Georgia town where her aunt Emma runs a veterinary clinic for the local HobGrackles, Unicorns and like extranatural fauna is threatened by an outbreak of Fuzzles—recognizable to Star Trek fans as similar to the adorable and fertile "tribbles" but with the added tendency to burst into flames when startled. Pearce and Stiefvater pass up no chance to exploit the comedic possibilities, keeping the level of actual danger to a minimum and stuffing the supporting cast with new and traditional mythical creatures of diverse temperament (most memorably a hysterically skittish Unicorn: "Why! Why is the sky so blue today? What does it mean?"). The authors pitch doughty Pip into a nonstop set of crises as she contrives to save the town and persuade the Fuzzles to vanish. Having publicly expressed an intention to depict mythological creatures cuter than baby seals for this outing, Stiefvater outdoes herself in the illustrations with portraits of hopelessly cuddly Griffins, Grims and other generally fearsome monsters sporting big, winsome eyes. Stay tuned for more hilarious ructions. It's a distinct change of pace for two authors better known for intensely romantic teen fantasies, but they carry it off with aplomb. (Fantasy. 8-11)

Pip Bartlett was having a jolly time chatting and playing games with the unicorns, hobgrackles, and griffins at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures, but everything changes when the fuzzles hit town and exhibit their very worst trait: When agitated, these temperamental creatures burst into flame. A superlative series starter from the winning pair of Maggie Stiefvaster and Jackson Pearce. Editor's recommendation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545709262
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Series:
Pip Bartlett Series , #1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
62,156
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

Jackson Pearce is a bestselling author of books for young adult and middle grade readers. Her favorite magical creature in the Pip series is the Flowerbeast. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! You have to read this book! It has magical animals!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Loved this! It's a fantastic book with plenty of great things in it, like magic, animals, good lessons, great characters, and wonderful writing. utely loved it! It's cute, touching, and funny. Definitely a great read.