Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Illustrated by Brandon Dorman: BOOK REVIEW

Ebook received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

A walk into Fablehaven opens to a world of magical creatures and artifacts and someone must take care of them. Each of the five preserves, including Fablehaven, has a caretaker With so many different artifacts as well as creatures from trolls to fairies, it's hard for those caretaker's to keep them straight. The knowledge that has been passed down from generations of caretakers finally appears in print, giving Fablehaven lovers a chance to sort through all things magic and learn the backstories of some of their favorite magical beings.

With fabulous illustrations and detailed definitions, it's easy to visualize the magic inside the preserves. Handwritten notes add humor and insight. Especially funny was the warning to Seth about not exchanging batteries with the satyrs for gold. The Kindle version does not transfer the illustrations or the handwritten notes well. In fact, there were many spots where there would be random notes in the middle of sentences. This reference book is definitely one that works best in print form. I would not recommend the electronic version. However, the print version would be the perfect companion to the Fablehaven series. Pay careful attention to references for the new sequel and be prepared to meet some new creatures.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publishing Information:
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (Oct.13, 2015)
ISBN: 9781629720913
Pages: 128
Ages: 9-12  
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