Friday, December 18, 2015

Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover's Luck by Kallie George, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

I fell in love with Kallie George's charming easy readers and I'm pleased to see she now has a chapter book with all that charm and magic included.

Clover is sure she has bad luck, especially where pets are concerned. When her latest pet flies off into the mysterious woods, she decides to follow it even though there are lots of rumors about strange creatures in the woods. She discovers there are indeed strange creatures in the wood - but they're more magical and delightful than she expected. Soon, she's volunteering at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency. But will her bad luck spoil everything?

I'm not crazy about Boiger's cover, as Clover's head is oddly enlarged, but I do love her interior illustrations. The soft sketches capture the sweet magic of Clover's experiences and the scary adventures as well.

I would have loved this book as a child and I think kids will definitely click with it. It's at that sweet spot after early chapters and before middle grade chapters and it's a magical book to read with a sense of wonder and excitement.

Verdict: This book is the perfect balance of magic and adventure. Hand it to fans of magic and animals who aren't ready for massive tomes yet but can handle an intermediate chapter book.

ISBN: 9781423183822; Published 2015 by Disney/Hyperion; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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