Friday, 15 January 2021

The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp

Finished January 11 
The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier, illustrated by Olga Demidova

This is the first book is a series for children in early elementary school. It is set on an imaginary island at the top of the world. Here, there is a magical stable housing rare and mysterious creatures. Auggie is the boy in charge of the stables, and he looks after the animals there. Often, when he arrives in the morning the stables are rearranged and there is a new stall and a new animal. He is never sure what he will arrive to. This time, there is something happening during the day, and Auggie must venture into another world to see what creature needs his assistance and shelter. 
Auggie has an assistant, Fen, who is a stick-in-the-mud, and who does some of the dirtier work involved with the stable. There are other people on the island, Miss Bundt, who lives and works in the Plotting Shed and makes things for Professor Cake who runs the island. On this day, she is busy making an extremely long ladder. Auggie would like someone to play with, but otherwise he likes his life there. 
Auggie notices the sign over the new stall says WISP, and he wonders what type of creature it is for. He is sure that he must venture into the world beyond the stall, but he must make plans to be able to find his way back and let others know where he is going in case he gets into a difficult situation.
This looks like it will be an interesting series for imaginative kids, with magic, and wordplay, and all kinds of fun.  

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