The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven (Review)

Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Age range: 9 and up | Series: Fablehaven | Hardcover: 128 pages | Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (October 13, 2015)


About The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven:

The 3.5 million fans who bought Fablehaven know the series has many imaginative mythical creatures especially dragons. Every one of the dragons has a name and a special power and they all look different and are described in words, but they existed only in our imagination….UNTIL NOW. The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven is the first visual discovery of the creatures in the series and is written as if the reader is the new caretaker of the Fablehaven preserve. It has all sorts of insider’s knowledge the new caretaker of Fablehaven would have to know, such as dragon tears are very powerful in making potions but they are extremely difficult to come by and cruel people have been known to torment young dragons just to collect tears! So don’t YOU want to be their caretaker? Entries detail important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves. Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

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My Thoughts on The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven:

I read the Fablehaven series before I started blogging, and I loved it. It was so much fun and I am looking forward to the time when Miss K is old enough for me to read them with her.

The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven is a companion book to the Fablehaven series. It explores the various creatures, magical items, and locations found in the books and gives a short explanation for each. Of course, Brandon Dorman’s illustrations are all throughout this book as well and give a wonderful visual to many of the creatures and places that were left up to the reader’s imagination before.

Miss K has read this book twice already. She pored over the pages for days on end, telling me all about the magical objects, places, and creatures she learned about. She hasn’t read the Fablehaven series yet, but she’s eagerly awaiting her opportunity.

You don’t need to have read the Fablehaven series to enjoy this book, but you will enjoy it more if you have.

Content: clean

Source: I received a copy of this book from Saichek Publicity in exchange for my honest review.



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  1. Yay! This book is seriously awesome!! I haven’t read the series, but I loved flipping through the pages and my son, who has read the series, has spent quite a bit of time reading through it. This is one of the funnest book purchases I’ve ever made!

  2. Fablehaven is in my TBR, I’m hoping to get around to reading those books soon. I featured them in my YA without love triangles series of posts. I should grab the Caretaker’s Guide once I read the series 🙂

  3. When I taught fifth grade I read Fablehaven to my class every year and the loved it. Such a fantastic story and series. I actually used to ride the bus with Brandon Mull back in the day. 🙂 He is really nice. He came to a Barnes and Noble near my house a few years ago and it was great to see him again and hear him talk about his writing. I look forward to reading The Caretaker’s Guide. I will have to get it for my school library.

    • No way! That’s so cool to be able to say you rode the bus with Brandon Mull. I went to college with Brandon Dorman. He was a year ahead of me, but it was a small private university, so I saw him around a lot. We all knew he was going places.

  4. This reminds me of another popular series with a field guide – The Spiderwick Chronicles. I love companion books like this because if you really love a series it’s always magical when you get to read in detail about the creatures or characters in the story. I haven’t read Fablehaven yet but hopefully will eventually especially now I know it has dragons 😀

    • My kids LOVE The Spiderwick Chronicles. Fablehaven is a little bit like that series, but the target audience is a little older, so the story is more in depth and the stakes are higher. I loved the Fablehavens books. I hope you get the chance to read them!