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Benjamin Weatherby's Practical Bestiary by Josh  Bishop
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction

This book has everything an active boy would like: fighting, food, chases, escapes, beasts, and document revisions. Document revisions? Yeah, you read that right. Deal with it.

The story follows Pilcrow, a boy with a vivid imagination living in the boring (but he'd've said tranquil) town of Warmbriar on the edge of The Bloodwood.

But something isn’t right.

An ominous stranger just came into town. Sheep are missing (I’d like to see the next printing of this book be called Pilcrow and the Case of the Missing Mutton. Make it happen, Josh). Oh, and there’s a funky smell on the air.

This book has action, sure. From the halfway point, it was hard for me to put down (and my wife didn’t). But the story has more going on than the mindless action of so many kids books these days. It has smarts.

It deals with some complex issues. Does everything have consequences? If everything works out and the good guy wins, can things go back to the way they were before? Another: Should we blindly trust sources? Or, just because it’s in a book, does that make it true/right? But that's just scratching the surface. There's a lot to glean from this book. In fact, it'd be a great book to build a study guide around. Did I scare you off with study guide? Re-read the first sentence of the review.

Benjamin Weatherby’s Practical Bestiary is the thinking boy’s adventure novel.
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Reading Progress

March 10, 2017 – Started Reading
March 16, 2017 – Finished Reading
April 10, 2017 – Shelved
December 28, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 28, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction

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