I have to admit, I haven't actually read the first book in this series. My mom got it and read it to my girls while they were camping this summer and they were hooked! We quickly picked up the next two books and I was lucky enough to be the one to read them to the girls.
The Menagerie, a secret refuge for mythical creatures, is a magical place that few know about. It is also a place of adventure, mystery, friendship and fun. Fans of (early) Harry Potter, Spiderwick, FableHaven, animals, unicorns, dragons, mermaids, griffins, wooly mammoths, giant hellhounds, yetis, even werechickens (who knew that was a thing?), will find something to love in this trilogy. Written right at that middle-grade sweet spot where the book appealed to both my 7 year old and 10 year old equally well; the adventures and mysteries are intriguing without being scary, the relationships between the characters are complex without being overly confusing and there is just enough magic and silliness to keep the whole thing light and fun. We laughed, we worried, we gasped, we cried. Most of all, we just couldn't put any of these books down. Logan, Zoe, Blue, Captain Fuzzbutt and the crew at the Menagerie had us hooked and kept us coming back for more. I highly recommend this one.
Recommended for Gr. 2+
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