Thursday, October 15

The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven (Blog Tour!)

Hey guys! If you're stopping here for the blog tour, take a chance to look around. Otherwise, enjoy this review for the Fablehaven series companion book!

The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven
Written by Brandon Mull, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

My rating: ★★★★½

ISBN: 9781629720913
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date of publication: October 13, 2015
Age: Grades 3 - 8
Genre: Fantasy

Themes: reference; magical creatures, artifacts, & places;

"This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.

Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.

Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch."

Well if you love the Fablehaven books then of course you're going to love this book! It provides deeper insight into all elements of the stories—people, places, and things. There's funny and insightful asides from the original characters, and it quickly brings the reader back to a familiar setting. Mull's fantastic writing ability shines, since many entries read like his books.

But what really shines, of course, are the AMAZING illustrations. Whether you've read Fablehaven or not, there are some truly beautiful depictions of various magical creatures/places. Dorman has done justice to the original ideas that Mull described and more than capitalized on the imaginative, fantastical beings. There are some really elaborate and stunning images...

...and this one is just one of many. The format altogether—text, layout, illustrations—is really nice.

Now, for those that have not read the series, there are some definite tie-ins that may leave some readers confused. Or, if you're planning on reading the series, do not start with this guide, since there are a LOT of spoilers. Also, from a purely referential standpoint, this book is not the best; there are some entries that I felt were just too short, or that Mull put a little too much of his novel-style-writing into. Yes, he can write amazing stories with great imagery, but the sometimes the similes were a bit much in this book. But hey! This is a definite plus for kids who don't want to read a textbook!

So if you or your kids are a fan, then it's definitely time to go pick up this book. The illustrations alone...! And get excited for Mull's next series!!

Find it at your library or on Amazon

Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, travels the country visiting schools, promoting literacy, and sharing his message that "Imagination Can Take You Places."

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard. His work has appeared in childrens books and on numerous covers, including the Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War series.

I received a free digital ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review

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