Reader Reviewed Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

Written by Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce

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May 2015 Book of the Month Pip Bartlett can talk to animals, which is impressive enough, but her world is full of magical creatures, meaning she’s conversing with unicorns, griffins, hobgrackles et al. Following an unfortunate incident with some unicorns at school, Pip goes to stay with her aunt, who’s a vet. All is fine until there’s an influx of Fuzzles – cute little creatures with an unfortunate tendency to burst into flames when upset. Pip and her friend Tomas must help them before S.M.A.C.K.E.D. (Supernatural/Magical Animal Care, Keeping & Education Department) instigate a cull. The two authors are stars of YA fantasy but clearly enjoy writing for younger children and this fun, sparky adventure with its double helping of animal magic will delight its audience. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Sidney Greenslade, age 11 - 'A fun and magical story full of loveable characters and unusual creatures.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 8 - 'A very descriptive book about magical creatures. I really enjoyed reading the story.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'Mysterious and packed full of magic!'
  • Lucas, age 10 - 'A descriptive guide about magical creatures which is funny yet informative.'
  • Hannah Minton, age 9 - 'This book was funny and very descriptive.  I really recommend it.'
  • Eliza Kinder, age 7 - 'This story is all about a little girl called Pip who absolutely adores magical creatures, and if, like me, you also like magic, mythical creatures and adventure, then this is the book for you!'
  • Elizabeth, age 8 - 'I love this story it’s about a girl called Pip and she has loads of adventures and meats loads of magic animals. My favourite animal was a unicorn and the Pegasus.'
  • Emily Lonsdale, age 9 - 'Fabulous book like no other I have read.'
  • Rohan Delamere, age 9 - 'An amazing story about a girl who can talk to magic creatures who is forced to use her powers for good!'
  • Rose Hopkins, age 9 - 'I think Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures is wonderful.'
  • Lucy Keaveny, age 9 - 'Lovely, quirky drawings and exciting adventures. Imagine having an Aunt who is a vet for magical creatures, Pip has but sometimes things go slightly wrong.'
  • Heather Greenan, age 11 - 'An excellent book for all ages.'


Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater, Jackson Pearce

Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok and they often go amok - Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston's Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn't just require book knowledge - it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet.

For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they're agitated) invade your town, it's not enough to know what the fuzzles are. Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles' agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician as well as a bestselling author. Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” She is the author of the Shiver trilogy and Raven Cycle series. Maggie lives in Virginia, with her family.

Find more about Maggie Stiefvater & her books here.

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Jackson Pearce Jackson Pearce is the author of a series of retold fairytales for young adults, including Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless, and Cold Spell. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Find more about Jackson Pearce & her books here.

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Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic

Publication date

28th April 2015




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