A Delightful Tale of How a Girl Changed Her Luck
Series: The Magical Animal Adoption Agency (Book 1)
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Disney Press
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Despite her name, Clover has always felt decidedly unlucky. So when she stumbles upon a mysterious cottage in the Woods, she can hardly believe her good fortune. It’s the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and it houses creatures of all kinds. Fairy horses, unicorns, and a fiery young dragon are just the beginning!
Mr. Jams, the Agency’s owner, agrees to hire her as summer helper and Clover hopes her luck has finally changed. But when she’s left alone to care for the Agency, a sneaky witch comes after the magical creatures! Will Clover outsmart her in time to protect the animals?
Clover “believed luck existed — and that all of hers was bad.” When a cancellation grants her friend Emma a last minute entrance into pony camp, Clover’s summer suddenly looks a lot more lonely. She has little time to take consolation in the fact that she’ll have the company of Penny, her pet canary. For soon after Clover opens Penny’s cage, a baseball crashes through her window. And just like that, Penny is gone.
Clover takes chase and is led into the woods where, according to a schoolhouse rhyme, “the beasties play.” She sees a sign nailed to a tree trunk that reads:
“DO YOU LOVE ANIMALS? DO YOU WANT TO HELP THEM FIND HAPPY HOMES? OUR AGENCY NEEDS YOU! VOLUNTEER AT THE M.A.A.A.”
So, off goes Clover to investigate. When she finds the agency, which looks like something “out of the pages of a storybook,” she volunteers and gets the job. Suddenly, Clover’s summer break holds much more adventure than she could have dreamed!
Clover’s Luck is absolutely charming! Adorable pencil sketches by illustrator Alexandra Boiger help bring the text to life. There is plenty here to strike the fancy of imaginative children who love animals — Fairy horses, elemental salamanders, unicorns, and even a dragon! Mr. Jams, who heads up the Magical Animals Adoption Agency (M.A.A.A.), is amusingly eccentric, supplying a good dose of humor. As Clover takes to her job and starts matching magical animals to prospective adoptive owners, she learns important messages about the proper care of animals: “animals…aren’t possessions to be shown off, but companions, pets to be loved and cared for.”
Readers will have no problems sympathizing with Clover, a sweet heroine with a kind, compassionate heart. As Clover is faced with challenges, they’ll happily cheer her on. Kids should find encouragement watching plucky Clover tackle adversity and gain confidence. By book’s end, Clover realizes that you make your own luck. Life is unpredictable, and while we can’t control whether good or bad things will happen, it’s how we handle them that makes all the difference.
— Dawn Teresa
4 of 5 Hearts. A Delightful Tale of How a Girl Changed Her Luck.
The Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover’s Luck is a charming series opener with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of heart. Give this to animal-loving fans of books like the Daisy Dawson series who are ready for a more challenging read but not yet ready for Redwall.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank NetGalley and Disney Press for providing me review access to this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”