Book Review: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training

Book Review: Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn TrainingPip Bartlett's Guide to Unicorn Training by Jackson Pearce, Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Pip Bartlett #2
Published by Scholastic Inc. on February 28th 2017
Pages: 192

From bestselling authors Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce comes the second installment in a series bursting with magical creatures, whimsical adventures, and quirky illustrations.
Now that the mystery of the exploding Fuzzles has been solved, it's up to Pip and Tomas to save their town from another magical troublemaker . . . the Unicorn.



Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training is the second book in the series and follows Pip to The Triple Trident – a showcase of magical creatures. Tomas comes along as well, even with all his allergies to magical creatures. To their surprise, they find that Regent Maximus, a unicorn afraid of everything, is being shown by his owner. They try to help him, so he won’t be sold because of bad showing, but then unicorns start having their tails cut and together they must find who is doing it before another tail is lost.

I just love the humor in these books. The magical creature pages in each chapter or so are lots of fun as well, giving us a little insight into each creature with an illustration. My favorite part was really seeing Regent meet the baby unicorns and how their attention made him more brave and able to overcome some of his fears. Probably the best part was when Tomas finally found a magical creature he wasn’t allergic to – the Rockshine a sort of sheep looking magical creature. They turn invisible when scared or stressed out. He instantly falls in love and even persuades his parents to let him adopt one as a pet at the end of the book.


Overall, a fun middle grade series full of humor, a touch of mystery, and lots of fantastical creatures.

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