Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4
Genre: early chapter book
What did you like about the book? Like the other books in this series, this book opens with a two page spread meant to depict the Animal Magic Rescue Center’s web page, featuring the animals currently available for adoption. The winsome illustrations are one of the strongest points of this sweet series, and will surely draw in animal-loving readers. In this installment, the future of Animal Magic is being threatened by a neighbor who does not like the additional noise and bother of having so many animals next door. In addition, the center has just received a pony and her newborn foal who need a loving home. The solution to both of these dilemmas is quite unexpected but certainly satisfying, and there is at least a touch of realism when the neighbor realizes that sometimes it’s difficult to stop events once you set them in motion, even if you change your mind. Young readers will enjoy this title, as well as the others in this series.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, this is a very pleasant series for young readers.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to animal-loving readers who are moving beyond early readers into chapter books. Readers who enjoy The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles and the Pet Rescue Adventures by Holly Webb should enjoy these books too.
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 30, 2016