Auggie and his magical companions are tending to the Fabled Stables when the building shakes and shudders to make room for a new arrival: the Tattle-Tail. Auggie and friends travel through the portal to a town called Rainbow’s End in search of this mysterious creature. Auggie assumes that the Tattle-Tail is in danger, but he learns that it’s actually the town that needs rescuing . . . from an infestation of Tattle-Tails! These talking tails have taken over, attaching themselves to every backside in town (including Auggie’s!). The Tails tattle on whomever they’re attached to: She picked her nose! He just double-dipped! The constant stress of being tattled on has thrown all of Rainbow’s End into chaos! Soon, Auggie and friends hatch a plan to collect the Tattle-Tails and bring them safely to the Stables—foiling a pair of evil bank robbers along the way.
This beautiful book is pitched at the confident chapter book reader, but probably on the younger side. It would be a lovely book to read to a younger person, say five and up. The Fabled Stables are a wonderful invention, just right for children who love animals but like a bit of fun and fantasy to go with them. In this tale, there are two problem animals: the squidgy lump who doesn't seem to do anything, and the tattle-tails, who are hilarious. And very irritating if one of them happens to attach itself to you, because it calls out anything you've done wrong. It's not only a cracking tale, it's beautifully illustrated, as you can see from the cover. Most pages have an illustration to accompany the plot. The font changes for the main speakers, which will help a younger child keep track of who's who. The words are alliterative or rhyming without it being poetry. Just right for kids to repeat with a giggle. Beautifully put together. A treat for any adult who has to read it over and over again to their young person. I may even buy the series for my great-nieces and nephew.
First sentence: At the top of the world sat an island. At the heart of that island lived a boy named Auggie. Auggie was just like most other boys, except in one way. He had a job. Auggie worked in the Fabled Stables--a magical place full of one-of-a-kind creatures.
Premise/plot: Auggie--joined by an eager Willa (whom we met in book 1) and a reluctant Fen (whom we also met in book 1)--work together to save a town from an invasive and replicating menace: tattle tails. These talking tails literally drive people crazy by their incessant talking or tattling as the case may be! It all started with one person's curiosity...
My thoughts: I really loved the first book in the series. I enjoyed this one too. I'm not sure I would go so far as to say that I loved it absolutely. I love the idea of the series. I love the creativity and humor. And Jonathan Auxier is a great writer. (I definitely have a bias since he's written some of my favorite, favorite, favorite books.) This is his series for young readers. It's an early chapter book with a lot of illustrations. They are ever-so-loosely connected to some of his other books in that they both mention a Professor Cake.
Another adorable adventure featuring Auggie, Fen, and Willa. In this one, the gang saves a town from a band of Tattle-Tails... and vice versa.
I loved the message of helping others, even after they've caused trouble. Auggie promises to take care of all creatures, even those "hard-to-love" and he does just that. The ending was so wholesome, showing how different strengths and interests can be used to do good and help others.
Though this is the second book in the series, there is just enough explanation that it could be read as a standalone. The first book is also adorable though, so I recommend reading it as well.
As with the first book, the illustrations are wonderfully whimsical. They perfectly pair with the text, bringing life to the various characters and settings. A wonderful read. Looking forward to Auggie's next adventure.
This is the second book in the delightful Fabled Stables series by Jonathan Auxier. Auggie has just been notified that there is a new rare beast for him to secure for the fabled stables. He, Willa and Fen venture into a village to discover villagers with -- tails? And these tails talk! In fact, they are tattle tails. The villagers will do anything to get rid of the pesky critters. Auggie hatches a plan that will tame the tails and benefit another creature at the stable. The Rooks are still around and get a small taste of their own medicine, thanks to Fen. Working together, the friends are soon back on the top of the world - with a new addition to the menagerie. With all of the colorful illustrations, this is a great choice for kids moving beyond readers into chapter books. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the e-galley!
Thank you to the publisher for the free copy to review.
I read this aloud to my 5 year old and she loved this one just as much as the first book! I was very happy to learn about another highly illustrated chapter book series that hits the sweet spot between picture book and chapter book. With full color pictures on every spread, this series is very similar to the format of The Princess in Black and Mercy Watson. The entire thing can easily be read in one sitting if desired.
The Tattle Tails were a really fun concept for a magical creature and added some humor and intrigue. Fen's misunderstandings in this book made my daughter laugh as well. We will definitely continue to read future installments in this series.
*I received a copy of this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review*
This was a cute, funny and quick adventure for early grade readers - either to be read to them or by them as they venture into the fabulous land of books! Loved the idea of a kid getting to be a caretaker for magical creatures and the creative, tongue-in-cheek way the author approached each creature (some good/punny jokes for adult readers as well). There was also an important message about the pitfalls in focusing too much energy on what others are doing and how it can negatively impact communication and relationships.
I'm not sure the younger crowd will appreciate all the idioms in this book, but I laughed out loud a number of times. This is the second in Auxier's Fabled Stables series. When the alarm sounds Augie, Willa the Wisp and Fen, the reluctant Stick in the Mud, head off to the rescue of another magical beast. When the arrive in the village they discover that the citizens have been plagued by literal Tattle-Tails. It's a hilarious challenge to figure out how to get rid of them and find the robbers who have stolen the villagers treasure.
In this sequel Auggie is trying to help the "unfeeling brute" in at the Fabled Stables, but he is unable to communicate with her. Auggie, Fen, and Willa have to table this issue when they are summoned to save and bring back a new creature to the Fabled Stables, a Tattle-tale.
But there's more to the Tattle-tale than meets the eye. And pretty soon Auggie is up to his eyeballs in missing gold, annoyed villagers, Tattle-tales, and robbers.
Second in this series. This time they have to find a monster that replicates itself and attached to everyone in a town. The Tattle-Tails share secrets and expose lies which causes trouble all over. Even robbers are ignored when they steal the village's treasure - a pot of gold. With help from Ren, Auggie figures out how to make the tails come off and merge back into one being that then comes to the island and finds a way to help another creature.
In the second book of The Fabled Stable series, Auggie and his magical friends have a new creature to take care of, but this one is a bit of a mystery. Kids will love the latest creature, a Tattle-tail and all the chaos and humor that comes with it. I love the problem solving too! Another fun one to add to my library! E ARC provided by #netgalley and Abrams Books.
Auggie, Fen, and Willa leave the Fabled Stables to the world beyond, and arrive at the village of Rainbow's End. While there they discovered the pot of gold has been stolen, and the town is infested with tattle-tails. They work to find a solution to both issues, and in the process resolved a mystery that had Auggie stumped.
Read aloud to the kids. We loved the first book in this series so much, and the second definitely is a solid follow up and makes us excited for more in the series. This one wasn’t quite as charming, but the plot line involving tattling was pretty hilarious and clever as a parent, though I think some of it went quite over my kids’ heads.
Auggie has two problems. The first is that he doesn't know how to meet the needs of the Unfeeling Brute. The second is his mission to find the one-of-a-kind creature for which the Fabled Stables has just made room, The Tattle-Tail.
What a fun story with a great message. What damage can a tattle-tail do? How does one stop a tattle-tail?
The second Fabled Stables tales is a charming allegory about gossip and tattling which would be a useful tool for creating discussions about such matters, for both groups and individual children. The writing and structure are both solid but the illustrations, while cute enough, don't flesh out the story significantly.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review
Charming! My 8-yo tried to refuse the book, but I started reading, and before I knew it, he was peeping over my shoulder to ask questions about the illustrations. So we had to start over at the beginning :-) Enthusiastic thumbs up from both of us.
How fun was this! I loved the first one, so I was so excited for this one to come out! This one really made me laugh because it was all about the importance of minding your business. It was so good and I can’t wait for the next one!
The kids seemed to enjoy the first book more… maybe it was the new creature that turned them off?? The idea of Tattle Tails isn’t as fun as the Wisp. Still, the illustrations are beautiful and the story was cute.
Even though these are intended for younger readers, I love Auxier's writing so much I had to read his Willa the Wisp books. They are very cute, and like all of Auxier's book have a deeper message even adults can appreciate.