The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Illustrated by Brandon Dorman (Blog Tour Review)

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On tour with Shadow Mountain.

Welcome to my tour stop for The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and illustrated by Brandon Dorman! Fablehaven is one of my son's favorite series. This book is the perfect gift for him and a very fun read! You can read an excerpt here. If you haven't checked out Fablehaven Preserve with games and fun stuff, you should! But at least check out my 5-star review below...

The Caretaker's Guide to FablehavenThe Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven
by Brandon Mull
Illustrated by Brandon Dorman
MG Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 128 Pages
October 13th 2015 by Shadow Mountain


They existed only in your imagination …. Until now!

With over 3 million copies in print, the Fablehaven series by New York Times best-selling author Brandon Mull is one of the most popular middle-grade fantasy series to date. Now, first time ever, The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven provides a visual discovery of the series, and is loaded with insider’s knowledge and hand-scrawled notes. Readers can actually see the mystical creatures from the series like dragons – each one has a name, a special power, and looks distinctly different from the others, but until this book there was no illustrated guide. The book is also a springboard to the Fablehaven sequel series, Dragonwatch (releasing Fall 2016) and features clues to the characters and creatures fans will find in the upcoming books.

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My Review

The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven is a fabulously fantastical and fun read, especially for Fablehaven fans! The illustrations, drawn by the same illustrator for the series as well as several other books, were consistent and it was great to get to see items and creatures from the book come to life than just in the reader's imagination. I loved the illustrations. Several stuck out to me, especially those for the Fairy Queen and the Unicorn, and I thought Hugo, the Gorgrog, and the entire dragon section were interesting. I loved how the text read, with the tone being matter-of-fact, but with humor and warnings spread throughout. Notes were also left about some of the items/creatures, such as "Out of stock. Pick up more at any magical fireworks stand." Or "None of these creatures are good. Not the way we think of good..."And in relation to PeryTon: "There is a large herd at Wyrmroost. Not recommended for Fablehaven." It makes it feel personal. I also appreciated the full index included at the end. It is a fabulous handbook for someone wanting to delve deeper into this storybook world or anyone who enjoys fantasy.  There are even some helpful fairies to help readers prepare for the new companion series, also set in this world, beginning with Dragonwitch to be released next fall.

The Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven is definitely worth adding to shelves. A perfect gift for Fablehaven readers and a very fun guide to this storybook world.

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Shadow Mountain, for my complementary eARC, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Author Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.

About the Illustrator

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Wizard. His work has appeared in childrens books and on numerous covers, including the Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War series.

I Am A Reader is also hosting a tour and a giveaway (you can read the excerpt there as well). You can go check it out and enter here.

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