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The Creature of the Pines
Contributor(s): Gidwitz, Adam, Aly, Hatem (Illustrator), Casey, Jesse (Creator), Smith, Chris (Creator)
ISBN: 0735231702     ISBN-13: 9780735231702
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
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Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
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Annotation: After encountering a Jersey Devil while on a field trip to the Pine Barrens, Elliot and his new friend Uchenna help their weird teacher Professor Fauna rescue the mythological creature from a pair of greedy billionaire brothers.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Animals, Mythical; Fiction.
Animal rescue; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017053839
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Unicorn Rescue Society
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 0.75" (0.78 lbs)
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor's Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz.

Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques.

Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse's work embraces contemporary technology as a means to recreate the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring)
Created by Jesse Casey, Adam Gidwitz, and Chris Smith. This collaboratively created series--told through the two newest members of a worldwide society of misfits dedicated to saving mythical creatures--is witty, fast-paced, hilarious, and great fun. Starring upper-elementary-age New Jersey kids Elliot and Uchenna, each book focuses on a different creature in need of protection. Abundant black-and-white drawings spotlight the zany characters and add to the laughs. [Review covers these Unicorn Rescue Society titles: The Basque Dragon, The Creature of the Pines, and Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot.] Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #4)

Kicking off the Unicorn Rescue Society series is a middle grade story filled with twists and turns and narrated in a fresh, fun style. Gidwitz (The Inquisitor's Tale) introduces animal enthusiast and basically "normal kid," Elliot Eisner, whose first day at his new school is anything but ordinary. His class takes a field trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a forested area on the coast. On the bus ride, he befriends Uchenna Devereaux, who also started school late the previous year. While in the Pine Barrens with Miss Vole (their teacher), classmates, and a visiting instructor, the secretive and strange Professor Fauna, they hear of superstitions and tales that turn out to be real after Elliot and Uchenna come across a mysterious creature. The encounter ultimately leads them to the Unicorn Rescue Society, a group of adventurers committed to protecting mythological animals from the likes of the Schmoke brothers, two dastardly businessmen. Gidwitz delivers a quick-witted fantasy focused on supposedly imaginary creatures and finding like-minded friends, told from Elliot's fresh, young perspective. Though Elliot and Uchenna's burgeoning friendship and cooperation are emphasized, a more subtle lesson about fallibility and recovering from mistakes demonstrates slightly more complex, and necessary, life skills. Ages 8–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, Gernert Co. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.