Book Review of Pembrick’s Creaturepedia
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Andrew Peterson
Ages 8+ | 128 Pages
Publisher: WaterBrook | ISBN: 9780525653646
What to Expect: Fantasy, magical creatures, adventure
Companion to the best-selling Wingfeather Saga series, this creative bestiary takes readers deep into the Aerwiar landscape that forms the backdrop to the Wingfeather stories, expanding this already rich imaginary world.
If you plan to travel through Skree in the land of Aerwiar, you’d better be knowledgeable about the multitude of creatures you might encounter. Skree is jam-packed with human-gobbling beasts just waiting to snack on unwary inhabitants and travelers alike. Luckily, Ollister B. Pembrick has risked life and limb (at least, those limbs he has left) to travel Skree and document everything you need to know to remain uneaten. His Creaturepedia introduces the most dangerous creatures of Aerwiar – their habits, habitats, characteristics, and – most importantly – their weaknesses.
As Pembrick explains, “With this Creaturepedia close at hand, you may walk the world of Aerwiar calm and/or composed, rather than embalmed and/or decomposing” (p. 3).
The idiosyncratic, lively text is rich with imaginative detail and humorous narrative. At the same time, black-and-white sketches throughout the volume bring the creatures to life, with helpful labels in the best tradition of bestiaries everywhere. Readers will love unpicking the complex vocabulary and syntax, as well as imagining the creatures themselves.
Pembrick’s Creaturepedia is a fun, funny, wildly inventive adjunct to a well-beloved fantasy series – perfect for fans and newcomers alike.
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About the Author
Andrew Peterson is the bestselling author of the Wingfeather Saga, a singer/songwriter, and the founder of The Rabbit Room, which fosters community through story, art, and music. He and his wife, Jamie, live in Nashville.
About the Illustrator
Aedan Peterson is a professional illustrator and animator in Nashville. He’s also a member of the alt-rock band Wake Low, which has exactly zero songs about squeeblins.