Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4
Genre: early chapter book
What did you like about the book? The brightly colored covers and sweet black and white illustrations make these books surefire hits with animal-loving early chapter book readers. In this volume, the Animal Magic rescue center is not just a refuge for dogs and cats, it’s also home to a mischievous goat named Gordon. Ella and Caleb help their parents run the center, and Ella loves all the animals, even if they cause trouble. One evening, she hears an animal crying in the nearby woods and finds an injured baby fox. Thankfully, Ella’s mom is a veterinarian, and she knows just what to do to help the kit. In spite of her mother’s reminders that the kit is a wild animal and not a pet, Ella becomes very attached to him, and names him Copper. Soon Copper is well enough to return to the wild, but Ella is worried about his safety. Thankfully her mom comes up with the perfect solution, and even Gordon the goat gets a happy ending.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to early chapter book readers, and readers who enjoy other animal series such as The Puppy Place by Ellen Miles, The Pet Hotel by Kate Finch, and Pet Rescue Adventures by Holly Webb.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries should find this series popular.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve with the early chapter books or series books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Renée Wheeler, Leominster Public Library, Leominster, MA
Date of review: December 28, 2016