Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4
Genre: early chapter book, fantasy
What did you like about the book? Talia lives in a tropical forest that is also home to a colony of magical firebirds. After a girl riding a dragon gives her a stone that allows her to understand animal language, Talia befriends a young firebird. Soon, Talia and her friend Lucas are caught up in efforts to save the firebirds from evil Lord Fortescue who wants to harm the birds. With a sparkly, enticing cover, soft interior pencil sketches, and a quick-moving plot, this title and the others in this series are sure to be a hit with early chapter book readers and animal lovers. Readers will identify with brave, kind Talia and her loyal friend Lucas and will be looking forward to future adventures.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There are no positive adult characters in this book, but this is a minor quibble as young readers will surely enjoy seeing the kids save the day.
To whom would you recommend this book? Read Alikes? Recommend to early chapter book readers who like their animal stories with some magic. Also recommend the author’s Rescue Princesses series, and the Magical Animal Adoption Agency series by Kallie George. Readers may also like the Magic Puppy, Magic Pony, Magic Bunny and Magic Kitten series by Sue Bentley.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and public libraries should find this series popular.
Where would you shelve it ? 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: July 27, 2017