The Menagerie (Menagerie #1)
Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don't get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save t...more
The writing is good, the characters likable, the plot steady, and the Menagerie a pretty cool place. I can't help but mentally compare...more
Die Grundhandlung war sehr interessant und stimmig für ein Kinderbuch. Ein Junge kommt neu in eine Stadt und muss sich neue Freunde suchen. Außerdem entdeckt er, wie der Titel es schon verrät, einen magischen Park in dem verschiedene magische Wesen wohnen. Was sie dort machen und wie sie dort hingekommen sind, muss jeder selbst lesen. Das Buch ist durchaus auch für Erwachsene nett zu lesen, wenn man solche locker leichten und fantasiereiche Geschichten mag. Die Greifen auf dem Cover sp...more
This book was so much fun! A light romp through a mythical world, full of humour and adventure. I devoured this one very quickly; it was just too enjoyable to put down. Already looking forward to the next in the series (and the first isn't even published yet)!
Perfect for young boys and girls alike (and for adults with a sense of whimsy, too). Keep your eye out for this one when it hits the shelves in March.
Logan has moved to a small town in Wyoming with his father after his mother has left the family. One morning, a creature is in his room… and turns out to be a griffin that has escaped from the collection of Zoe’s family. Zoe is descended from Kublai Khan, and her family has kept magical creatures safe for years. Now, however, they have five baby griffins loose in the community, eating everything in sight and looking for “treasure”. Oddly, Logan can communicate with the animals, so Zoe’s family r...more
I think THE MENAGERIE will appeal to young cryptzoology fans, but I found it a little disappointing. (I'm still happy I mov...more
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 8.0
Word Count: 56082
A great book especially for anyone who has become interested in magical creatures elsewhere, for example Percy Jackson.
Logan Wilde's mom has "ditched them via postcard". His father has moved them away out of Chicago and to the wilds of Xanadu, Wyoming, and Logan for the most part is happy with the move, except for missing "the deep-dish pizza smell that hung around his block".
He comes home from...more
Logan has recently moved to Xanadu. He's very unhappy about this move. His mother has left them and in an attempt to find out what happened, his father has quit his high profile job and moved them to this teeny tiny city in Wyoming. His new school has only 24 students in his grade. This means it's nearly impossible to make new friends, until he comes home one day and finds a griffin in his bed that talks to him. Oh my! Enter Zoe, the zookeeper, and Blue (the most popular boy in their lit...more
The Menagerie is a book that caught my attention the moment I first heard of it. I recently discovered my library had a copy and immediately requested in. I was absolutely delighted that no one else had put a hold on it or had it checked out; I could get started right away!
Logan Wilde is having a pretty crummy summer. His mother left home one day and later sent a postcard stating she wouldn't be returning home to Logan and his father. Naturally the two are...more
Logan finds a griffin pup hiding under his bed and this leads him to meeting Zoe. Zoe’s family has guarded and run the Menagerie for generations. When the griffin pups break free Zoe is in big trouble and is frantically trying to...more
I loved this book. It's cute and sweet and funny and the world that the Sutherlands have developed is truly magical. The characters from the indi...more
Ah well, the juxtaposition of magic and the normal world was charmingly handled. The mystery about the mai...more
But the sum of these somewhat unremarkable plot points is an...more
Recommended for grades 4-6
Fantasy lovers will enjoy all the mythical creatures in the secret menagerie, and adventure lovers will have fun on the quest of seeking out 6 young griffin cubs that have scattered themselves about town.
With many unanswered questions-and a "To be continued..." ending, readers will not feel resolution at the conclusion of book 1 in this new series.
Personally I wasn't riveted by the storyline,...more
Judging the art cover, I had the idea that animals were probably going to be involved. Now, I didn't notice the unicorn's horn behind the gate so to my surprise there was creatures that we know to be as myths; unicorns, griffins, mermaids, etc.
Author Tui Sutherland was creative and descriptive when it came to all of the creatures in the story and how they secretly exist among society. The author also did a great job in 'showing' th...more
Yes! It looks magical and mysterious. Perfect for middle graders.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
The synopsis! It reminded me of Fablehaven, which I loved.
Romance?: Nope, but some talk of crushes and a romance that went astray.
Here the mark of a good middle grade read. The set up is short and the action comes quick. We didn't have to read pages of why Logan was in Wyoming or mysteries about the Menagerie. He becomes part of the sol...more
After his mother disappears, Logan Wilde and his father move to Xanadu, Wyoming -- a small, sleepy town where nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until he discovers feathers on the floor of his room, odd noises coming from inside his closet and a griffin under his bed. Through the griffin he connects with Zoe, a girl who behaves strangely at school and always appears to wear dirty clothes. What secret is she hiding and what other mythical creatures might exist in Xanadu? This fun, intriguing...more
I found this book to be very entertaining. The premise is simple, and at times cliched-- but it was enjoyable, in the least. Although I prefer deep, thoughtful, well-written books, I still like a good light read now and again, so this book was perfect for it!
I don't read much fantasy, mostly because not much of it interests me (vampires? zombie? ghosts? goblins? ugh.). But I decided to give it a shot because it sounded okay.
I didn't like the main character, Logan, mostl...more
The Menagerie is a safe haven for mythical creatures like griffins, dragons and krakens. The caretakers of the Menagerie relunctantly let the outsider, Logan, help them track down 6 griffin cubs who somehow escaped.
Really enjoyed this story, the main characters were fun and the plot moved well. It is obviously the beginning of a series, so hopefully book 2 is as strong and it answers some of the many questions left dangling by book 1.
Many, many middle grade readers will love this, we...more
I love the idea of the Menagerie as well. The griffin cubs were So Adorable!! I want one...
I was a tad annoyed because some problems were not solved in this book, but that just sets up for the sequel.
A great book...more
Nope. Among the many great things to come out of New Zealand (the Lord of the Rings movies, cats that paint, my mom) is a bird called the tui—not as well known as the kiwi, but a heck of a lot noisier!
I was born July 31 (same birthday as Harry Potter!) in Caracas, Venezuela, and lived in Asuncion, Paraguay...more