Saturday, October 17, 2015

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull


ABOUT THE BOOK

Caretakers of magical preserves need to visually identify dozens of mythical and magical creatures. This book will open your eyes to a secret world most humans know nothing about. Study these pages and learn about the many magical artifacts, potions, and weapons that could potentially save your life.

Furthermore, a smart caretaker will need to know how to recognize (and stay away from) the more nefarious creatures found in this book. Most importantly, The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven will give you the inside scoop about other magical preserves around the world, including the most magical and powerful creatures known to ever exist—dragons!

Scattered throughout the book are tidbits of wisdom and counsel from previous caretakers. For example, "Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real smart ones learn from the mistakes of others."

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

BRANDON DORMAN is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he studied fine art and illustration. He and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. His work has appeared in children's books and on numerous covers, including Pingo, The Candy Shop War, and the Fablehaven series.

BRANDON MULL is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He misses writing adventures for his Fablehaven characters so much that he will begin a sequel series to Fablehaven called Dragonwatch in 2016. He lives in Utah with his wife, four kids, and a dog named Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


REVIEW

This is a book that any Fablehaven fan is going to want to have.  The description of artifacts, animals, and places aides the reader in understanding the books better and is to be honest, just fun to read and look at.  The introduction to the upcoming Dragonwatch series is also exciting for those fans like myself who are looking forward to returning to that world.  Not to mention that the design of the book is just beautiful and appealing with the book being reminiscent of an old manuscript.  In fact reading this makes me want to go back to read the Fablehaven series again.  Brandon Dorman's illustrations add a great deal to the book making this a great gift for fantasy fans as well as Fablehaven fans.


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