Review: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

Pip Barlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes an exciting new series full of magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations.

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.

Description taken from Goodreads.


In two words, I would say this book is cute and hilarious. It is utterly and completely how I imagined a crossover between Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater would go. I love both of these authors deeply for their YA works, and I’m so glad they partnered to make this book.

PIP BARTLETT is accessible for both kids a little younger than standard middle-grade level and above middle-grade. This isn’t just middle-grade, juvenile humor, it’s a wacky and kind of ridiculous sort of humor that I ended up throughly enjoying. All in all, this book is just very well crafted. I really liked the way it was laid out and the feel of the writing style. I ended up learning a lot about magical creatures, and I came to fall in love with the idea of magical creatures in our world today.

Then there were Pip and Tomas, the main characters. I so loved these kids. While Tomas struck me from the drawing as some kind of droopy-eyed, pathetic looking kid, he was actually really funny and entertaining. His general panic at everything and calm rationale at certain rare points was perfect to match Pip’s weirdness. Every character in this book is different form one another, but all of them are lovable and realistic.

PIP BARTLETT had just enough plot to make this a perfect debut novel for this series. I am so glad that there are going to be more books after this, and that these two fantastic ladies are being introduced to younger audiences (i.e. making minions at any early age). Great read. 4.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 192

Series: Pip Bartlett #1

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