Tuesday, April 3, 2018

{Review} The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society #1) by Adam Gitwitz, Jesse Casey, Christopher Smith, & Hatem Aly

36497525Page Count: 176
Published on: April 10, 2018
Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Children's, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Source: Paperback ARC - provided by publisher
Age Rating: ages 8+
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon
Book Depository: {click here}

My Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Elliot Eisner isn't exactly excited about starting at a brand-new school in a brand-new town; he'd much rather stay at home and read a book. But things take an unexpected turn when he finds out his weird new teacher, Professor Fauna, has planned a field trip for Elliot's very first day. Along with a new friend--brave, outspoken Uchenna Devereaux--Elliot gets caught up in a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world's mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.


Hey, guys!

     An advance reading copy was sent to me for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Penguin/Dutton for sending me this adorable book. 

     The Creature of the Pines follows Elliot Eisner as he begins his first day of school. His first day starts out quite oddly, as his class is going on a field trip to the Pine Barrens. On the way to the Barrens, Elliot befriends an outspoken little girl named Uchenna Devereaux who dresses like a rock star and makes up songs about what all goes on around her. They become fast friends when Uchenna runs off to investigate a mysterious rustling. Elliot and Uchenna are soon caught up in a wild and mysterious group called The Unicorn Rescue Society. A secret group that is dedicated to taking care of and defending mythical and magical creatures. Together, with their whacky teacher Professor Fauna, they go on an rescue mission to save one of the coolest mythical creatures from the greedy and evil Schmoke Brothers. 

      This little book was just so freaking cute. I think it's a great introduction to the characters, the Unicorn Rescue Society, and to the little world that is being created. This book is full of some great characters that I think will be a great introduction to new and young readers. I love love love love Uchenna's character. She is so cool and I think she has the potential to become a great role model for the children that read the stories. Elliot is such a sweet dude. I love how intelligent and caring he is and how his character is already beginning to develop and grow. Uchenna and Elliot butt heads, but their personalities really work together and I think they complement each other quite nicely. 

     I'm excited to see where they go next and I'm quite excited for the next few books in the  series. I think this is going to be a great series for kids and adults, alike. It's so imaginative and fun. 

Thank you Penguin/Dutton for asking me to be a part of this blog tour. This book was adorable and I'm so excited for it to be out in the world!

The Creature of the Pines comes out April 10!

In celebration of the release of The Creature of the Pines, I was asked to share my favorite mythological creature. My favorite mythological creature is a:


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I love how intricate each fairy/faery world is. I'm particularly fond of the malicious fae who harm humans. I love how rich the worlds are and how diverse each faery kingdom is. I'm currently in love with Sarah J. Maas's fae world and Holly Black's fae worlds. I cannot get enough of them.


Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor's Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz. 

Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques. 

Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse's work embraces contemporary technology as a means to recreate the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.


Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem.

Happy reading, guys!


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