Monday, February 9, 2015

Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover's Luck by Kallie George, Book Review

By: Kallie George
Illustrated by: Alexandra Boiger
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: 2/1/15
Series: Magical Animal Adoption Agency #1
Ages: 7 years & older
Rating: 4 Owlets - We Enjoyed It!
Source: book from publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review
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An enchanting new illustrated chapter book series from acclaimed author Kallie George

Young Clover seems to have the worst luck—until she happens upon a help-wanted ad from an animal adoption agency. She soon discovers that it is a place like no other. Instead of regular pets, this agency houses magical creatures: fairy horses, unicorns, a young dragon with a temperamental snout. All of a sudden, Clover finds herself in a new world of wizards, princesses and witches who will test her strength, courage and luck.

This book is simply magical! Do you believe in magic? Do you love love animals, especially enchanted ones? Have you ever felt that you were unlucky? Have you felt like nothing ever goes your way? If you've ever felt any of these or are feeling down on your luck, than this is a story for you! It's also a story if you've never felt these things. 

This story is about Clover. Clover is a young girl who believes in magic, loves animals, including the enchanted ones, but she feels unlucky. Then something happens, and she begins to realize that no matter what is going on around her, she can make the most of her situation. She can create her own personal lucky happenings. 

Clover hasn't always had the best of luck. Feeling down on her luck when plans fall through, things go from bad to worse, as her pet bird gets out and flies away. Clover follows her bird to the woods, a place she and the other village children have always feared, in hopes of trying to capture it. The deeper she ventures in after her bird, the more she discovers just how lovely the woods are. Lucky for Clover, she stumbles upon a magical, secret place. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency.

Sworn to not tell anyone about this place, Clover soon discovers that this is a place where she will learn to overcome her streak of bad luck, trust in herself, and learn to make her own kind of luck. Here, Clover takes care of magical animals. Animals like a baby dragon, unicorns, and other special creatures. Here, Princesses, Princes, Kings, Queens, Witches and many other people come to adopt an animal. Being that this is a secret place, means those from Clover's village don't know about this place. Just those you'd read about in fairy tales.

There's no such thing in being unlucky. You just have to learn how make your own lucky happenings. Thanks to a cute a little cat, Clover realizes that when bad things happen, it's up to her to make the best of the situation. I really liked Clover. There's something about her I think everyone can relate to. I loved reading her story. The setting for Clover's story was perfect! I wished I could have worked side by side with Clover at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency. 

I really enjoyed this book.  The illustrations in this book are simply adorable. It's the perfect story to read out loud with you children, or in a classroom setting. It's a great book for those who have advanced from the beginning reader books into chapter books.I am looking forward to reading more books in this series. 

My favorite quote from the book is:

"Things happened. Bad things. Good things. It was what you did with them that mattered."

Check out the book trailer below:

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