The first in a new chapter book series from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Auxier, illustrated in full-color—now in paperback!
Auggie is the caretaker at the Fabled Stables, a home for one-of-a-kind creatures. Auggie is one-of-a-kind, too. He’s the only boy on the island, which can get a little lonely. Luckily, he’s got Fen, his trusty stick-in-the-mud. But, being a stick-in-the-mud, Fen can get more-than-a-little grumpy.
Soon enough, Auggie learns that his job is not only to care for creatures at the Stables, but also to save creatures in the Wide World from danger. In this first adventure, Willa the Wisp is being chased by the Rooks, an evil group of hunters keen on using one-of-a-kind creatures for their own dark ends. It’s up to Auggie to help Willa escape the Rooks and find refuge at the Stables, before it’s too late!
About the Author
Jonathan Auxier is the New York Times bestselling and critically-acclaimed author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Night Gardener, and Sweep. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh. You can find him online at thescop.com
"Whimsical fantasy with the right amount of speed and cleverness for the audience."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Demidova’s chapter illustrations sparkle with whimsy and color and appear on almost every page, pulling double duty by enhancing the story and supporting children ready to step beyond leveled reader. . . Auxier’s gleeful and imaginative writing will charm."
"Words and pictures partner to create a captivating, promising series starter that boasts quirky secondary characters and a sympathetic hero."
— Publishers Weekly
"Great for reading aloud, this lively first entry in a projected series offers a curious setting and an imaginative cast of characters."
— Horn Book Magazine
"Readers will root for Auggie and Willa the Wisp."
— School Library Journal