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The Cryptid Catcher

(Cryptid #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  40 reviews
The Cryptid Catcher is the first book in a monstrously fun middle-grade duology by Lija Fisher about a boy who inherits a job hunting legendary creatures.

After Clivo Wren's archaeologist father dies mysteriously, the newly orphaned thirteen-year-old finds out the truth: his dad was no archaeologist. He was actually a cryptid catcher, known for finding elusive beasts like t
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Samantha Clark
This is such a fun book. It reminded me a bit of Eion Colfer's Artemis Fowl series as the MC jets off around the world for adventures...

But I don't want to give spoilers, so let me just say that in THE CRYPTID CATCHER, Lija Fisher tells the story of young Clivo who, after his father dies, discovers an amazing secret that will change his life and send him on a mission to save the world. There's humor, fun gadgets, fighting against the bad guys, and really smart kids.

I read an ARC of this book wit
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 6.0

Do you believe in mythical creatures like the Loch Ness Monster? Bigfoot? The Abominable? The Yeti? Well what about The Chupacabra? Well, Clivo had never even thought about these creatures, that is until one night a strange man knocks on his door to tell him that his dad had been a Cryptid Catcher, one who seeks out these mythological creatures. How could this be? Clivo's dad always told him that he was an archeologist, but his dad is gone now and Clivo can
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really fun to read! It was like I was on the adventure as well! So much detail went into this book!
Amanda Rawson Hill
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book aloud to my daughter and she LOVED it. She's now obsessed with Nessie. And when we finished she shouted, "THERE BETTER BE A SEQUEL!" So I'd say it was a hit. ...more
Kim Tomsic
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Rick Riordan will love this book!
It's STRANGER THINGS meets the hunt for Big Foot, Nessie, and other cryptids, a.k.a. animals from folklore that may actually exist! In this hilarious novel, 13-year-old Clivo's parents didn't raise him to be an A+ student, they were too busy teaching him jujitsu, marksmanship, and foreign language skills--Clivo speaks English, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and Hindustani! They also trained him to think of clever ways to get around rules. With his Ultra Elit
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lija Fisher’s middle-grade debut The Cryptid Catcher is a fast-paced, exciting adventure. Kids will love learning about the different cryptids - some familiar like the Yeti and Loch Ness Monster, and others I’d never heard of, like the Otterman. I enjoyed the unique twist on a well-loved fantasy trope, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with Clivo and the gang in the sequel! Clivo is a main character you can’t help loving - he’s like a young Indiana Jones - and the supporting cast, ki ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blasingame-class
What an enjoyable, fun read! Reminds me of a combination of The Goonies but with a Monster of The Week style flair to it.
In The Cryptid Catcher, Lija Fisher writes about Clivo a young man, who discovers an amazing secret about his father that changes his life, and makes him questions everything he thought he knew about his family. He sets out on a journey to fulfill the destiny his father chose for him and make new friends along the way. It is funny, exciting, and extremely clever. It features
Kristin Crouch
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've long believed that I am not a Science Fiction fan, but these middle grade books keep proving me wrong. Clivo Wren is thrown into Cryptid catching after his father mysteriously dies, and a stranger shows up at the door to convince Clivo this is the destiny his father wanted for him.
This book is alternatively funny and intelligent. Clivo has an important mission: to find the immortal cryptid. This mission is not for Clivo's gain, it's a precaution taken to keep the secret to immortality out
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lija Fisher knows exactly how to hook kids on a story and keep them reading right through to the very end. This book opens with a bang when Clivo Wren discovers that his late father was not an anthropologist but a cryptid catcher; it's now up to Clivo to accomplish his father's mission of discovering a much-hunted immortal cryptid before its secret of eternal life falls into evil hands. Along the way Clivo is assisted by a brilliant band of wise-cracking, nerdy kids who are film and photography ...more
Tara Gilboy
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such an incredibly fun book -- I couldn't put it down! Not only is this book action packed, but it's full of humor as well. Clivo is a great protagonist, and all the secondary characters are wonderfully-drawn as well: from his salsa-dancing aunt, to the mysterious (and always-grumpy) Douglas Chancery, to the group of super-smart kids Clivo meets along the way. I love that the kids drive the action in this exciting middle grade. It reminds me a bit of Rick Yancy's The Monstrumologist. The ...more
Shana OkieCozyReader
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t have a lot of expectations about this book, but from the first page, I was fully in. I also didn’t have much of an idea about cryptozoology, and I felt like I learned so much about it from this book. I want to talk with my students more about cryptozoology and all of the various cryptids. Usually, when I read aloud to my son, I get to points where I skim, just because it’s so much. But I feel like this book is so well-edited, there isn’t much I could leave out. The action is interesting ...more
Maranda Russell
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! I've always loved weird paranormal subjects, so cryptids are right up my alley. I can't say that I had heard of every cryptid mentioned in this book, but I knew most of them pretty well and thought the author did a good job on her research and presenting the "facts" about these excitingly strange creatures of urban myth and lore. Definitely going to have to pick up the second book in the series to see how it ends and find out if they ever find the "immortal". I'm hoping they don ...more
Lisa Trank
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a blast - Clivo is an unlikely hero and Fisher handles the archetype of the orphan hero beautifully, crafting a full world inside his mountain home and in the odd places he lands. At times Clivo felt older than his 13 years, but that may be because of his isolation and loneliness. I'd like to see his anger at his dad emerge more, which I suspect will happen in book #2! This is not a genre I'm usually drawn to, and I'm very glad I've read it. ...more
Merrill Wyatt
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun and adventurous novel perfect for middle grade readers into both humor and action! Clivo Wren has to learn how to be a cryptid catcher (someone who tracks down mythical creatures) while also figuring out who he can trust - and who he can't. Full of suspense and some laugh-out-loud funny moments, this one is sure to be a winner with the kids. ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 11 year old daughter and I like to read together, and this was a perfect adventure to read aloud. Lija's sense of humor comes out with her characters, as well a marvelous sense of play and fun. I think a lot of adults will enjoy this book as well as young adults! Read it aloud, make fun character voices!!! ...more
Michelle Murphy
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy young adult fiction as well as the fantasy-adventure genre and this book is a hit on both accounts. I've not read any books centered around cryptid characters before and enjoyed the inclusion of the familiar Lochness legend. The main characters are enjoyable and believable and the writing is crisp with a good pace. ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidsbooks, library
Pretty entertaining although I'm not sure if I would read the next in the series. The setup is interesting and I enjoyed the humor. The twist was pretty easy to see--I think even for a kid but didn't really detract too much from the overall story. The action is mild and the suspense pretty low. Enjoyable but nothing that stood out for me. ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
So I have to say that I really thought this was a fun book and am looking forward to diving into book two. BUT.... that cover is very deceiving with it's silly cartoony look. I was expecting a much more juvenile plot - let alone the vocabulary! I would love to share this book with 4th and 5th graders but they look at the cover and grin and say - "Oh, that looks cute! No thanks." This is not a silly romp through the monsters under your bed - it is a great introduction to cryptozoology which is su ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free preview copy of this book from the publisher through my district library services *

As many others have said, this is just a fun read. I think it will be great for 4th and up. Adventure, humor, cool creatures and a bit if wish fulfillment as Clivo goes on his adventures. I’m glad I am able to jump right into the sequel.
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of monsters, so this cover grabbed me right away. Clivo's adventure is filled with friends, discovery, and action. I appreciated that the tone of the book wasn't too slapstick with humor like some other middle grade books (which is fine just not my cup of tea), the funny moments felt natural to the tale. I'm curious to find out what happens in the second book! ...more
This was pretty good. I have a soft spot for cryptid books. The idea of cryptids is pretty cool, and I like reading about them. Clivo was a strong character. I want to read more about everyone in the book.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this, but couldn't. I liked how distinct the personalities were for each of the team members. I liked the literary and pop culture references, but some of the plot was too long. Some of the suspension of belief took me out of this world. Love the idea tho.
Jordan St. Stier
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I daresay, this book is utterly horrible. Filled with miserable stereotypes, poor dialogue, and weak attempts to amuse young-adult readers. Simply not worth reading.
This was a fun book with likeable characters, but I REALLY had to suspend disbelief to enjoy it.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mg-paranormal
Some parts were pretty funny, but overall this book was nowhere near as engaging as a book about cryptids should be. Not bad, though!
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
great if you like cryptology and adventure.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will definitely be getting the next one!
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ies
Well passed. Will recommend to students
Laura Resau
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SUCH a fun book! I loved it and highly recommend it!
Fleur Bradley
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great MG adventure with a little magic/fantasy--super fun for your kid reader. I think the cover says it all.

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Lija Fisher is the author of funny adventure novels for kids that explore the world of cryptozoology, or the search for legendary animals that might be real. Her debut novel. THE CRYPTID CATCHER (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) received a starred review from Booklist and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. The sequel, THE CRYPTID KEEPER, was written while Lija was the Writer in Residence with Aspen Wor ...more

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