This delightful, highly illustrated chapter book is perfect for early readers who love animals and dream of adventures where they get to save the day. Auxier introduces readers to a cast of fascinating characters and creatures, chief among them Auggie, the young caretaker of the Fabled Stables. Demidova’s colorful illustrations move you through the story, and are playful when things are light-hearted and exciting during action sequences. A great start to a wonderful new series.
About the Author
Jonathan Auxier is the New York Times bestselling and critically-acclaimed author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Night Gardener, and Sweep. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh. You can find him online at thescop.com. Olga Demidova has illustrated many books for children around the world. She studied at the Moscow Art Institute of Applied Arts. Find her online at olgademidova.ru.
"Whimsical fantasy with the right amount of speed and cleverness for the audience."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Words and pictures partner to create a captivating, promising series starter that boasts quirky secondary characters and a sympathetic hero."
— Publishers Weekly
"Great for reading aloud, this lively first entry in a projected series offers a curious setting and an imaginative cast of characters."
— Horn Book Magazine
"Readers will root for Auggie and Willa the Wisp."
— School Library Journal
"Demidova’s chapter illustrations sparkle with whimsy and color and appear on almost every page, pulling double duty by enhancing the story and supporting children ready to step beyond leveled reader. . . Auxier’s gleeful and imaginative writing will charm."