The moment I saw this book, I knew my youngest son, Mighty Mite, would love it. Magic, animals, a cat on the cover … it just doesn’t get better than that in 7 year old land. The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, is an adorable story about three animal familiars and their loyals, the young wizards they must rescue from the evil queen of Vastia. How can you not love a premise like that?
RL: 6.3 CSM: n/a Rating: G Content: Mild peril, lots of magical fun
Aldwyn, the alley cat that’s passing as a familiar even though he possesses no magical abilities, is a charming character. One mis-adventure after another leads this street-wise kitty into troubles he never asked for, with friends he never imagined (a frog and a bird?), and a love for his loyal that he never thought he would feel for another human or beast. Aldwyn is endearing and young readers will immediately be swept up in his search to save his loyal, a boy named Jack. Along the way are wonderful lessons about honesty, loyalty, and believing in yourself.
I couldn’t be more delighted with the messages and characters in this book. I love the high reading level as well, and yet it is aimed at fairly young readers. This makes it a perfect read for advanced readers as young as 5. Yay for books with Big Words!
I found this fun book trailer after reading the book, but I would have scooped the book up, based on the trailer alone.
On the book website, you can find your familiar and see the latest news, which includes The Familiars being made into a movie! That’s one we’ll be seeing, for sure.
The Familiars is also available on e-book, so load up your e-readers, hand it over to your advanced reading kid, and don’t expect it back for a while.