Parents' Guide to

The Familiars

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Magical animal adventures for kids not ready for Potter.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+


age 8+

Fantastic series for animal lovers and adventurers

I bought these for my daughter based on the cover, knowing she loved talking animal stories and magic/fantasy. She devoured the books in a week, so I read them too. The series is a wonderful journey three animals that become friends, the human companions they bond with, and the strength of friendship and courage in the face of adversity. For young readers that are not yet ready for Harry Potter, this is a wonderful place to start. I feel there is an educational value because ANY book that sparks a joy of reading in a child is educational. In addition, there is allegedly an animated film of the books in production!!!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (7 ):

THE FAMILIARS does sound quite familiar -- but that doesn't make it any less fun. The animals are adorable, especially when seen doing magic in the illustrations throughout. They're also brave in many an adventure. The authors (TV and movie writing friends) know how to write some exciting action sequences that will keep kids glued to the pages. The Familiars is a good introduction to fantasy series for kids not yet ready for Potter and beyond.

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