Creature Glossary

Explore the creatures and characters of Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures!

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Pip Bartlett

Size: 52”

Age: 9 years

Description: This particular human, “Pip Bartlett,” seems to be the only person alive who can understand what magical animals are saying. Also, she is not very happy with Unicorns at the moment.

Fun facts:

  • Brain is stuffed full of magical animal facts, maps of places she’s been, and flavors of sandwich cookies she’s eaten.

  • Sometimes has writing on her hands because if she has no paper, she has to write on SOMETHING.

  • Carries marshmallows in her pocket (because they are good snacks for over 20 species of magical creatures) (also for girls).

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Tomas Ramirez

Size: Smaller than Pip. But not by much.

Weight: Won’t blow away.

Description: Looks sad. Obviously in need of a friend to spice up his summer. Also, no grass stains on pants. Probably doesn’t play outdoors very often.

Fun facts:

  • Nearsighted: hopefully from reading books.

  • Allergic to everything. Sidenote: Allergies cause mysterious reactions around magical creatures.

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Unicorn

Size: 30-80”

Weight: 400-3200 lb

Description: Of all of the magical animals, the unicorn is the most famous, and rightly so. This noble and bold creature comes in all shapes and colors, boasts populations on every continent, and has been the stuff of legend for centuries.

Fun facts:

  • A unicorn’s horn is the purest weapon in the natural world.

  • Rainbow-colored skin inside the nostrils indicates the unicorn’s lineage.

  • Super-strong hooves are made of substance similar to precious jewels.

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Juvenile Pegasus

Description: Juvenile Pegasi are voracious, with a particular affinity for nut butters, especially chunky peanut butter. They also enjoy mashed-up bananas.

Fun facts:

  • Multi-colored in adulthood, particularly in warm climates.

  • Newborn Pegasi can weigh up to 75 pounds.

  • Adults build nests in particularly strong trees, such as oaks and redwoods.

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Common HobGrackle

Size: 29-34” at shoulder

Weight: Males 30 lb, Females 60 lb

Description: The Common HobGrackle is one of four species of Hobs found in North America. The HobGrackle is best known for its purple perspiration, which it produces in copious quantities when under stress.

Fun facts:

  • Powerful beak for eating seeds and crushing lizards.

  • Legs are protected by wiry guard hairs and warmed by downy feathers.

  • HobGrackle fur is short, smooth, and brindled.

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Miniature Silky Griffin

Size: 15” at shoulder

Weight: Males 20 lb, Females 18 lb

Description: The Miniature Silk Griffin is the most popular variety of domestic Griffin. It was popularized by an Atlantic City gypsy dancer who kept several pets and used them in her stage shows. Devoted, companionable, and trainable, they make excellent pets.

Fun facts:

  • Small wings mean that most are unable to fly, due to their love of table scraps and tendency to overeat.

  • Hooves like small erasers.

  • Velvet beak unique to small Griffin variety.

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Fuzzle

Size: 4-6”

Weight: 1-4 oz

Description: Fuzzles are friendly, boneless creatures of light brown or beige color. They get around by rolling and often travel in groups. Fair warning – fuzzles catch fire when scared or excited.

Fun facts:

  • Sleep 11 hours a day.

  • Hum to communicate (in the key of E when excited, and D minor when scared).

  • Eyes disappear completely when closed.

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Emerald Dunking Duck

Size: 20” at top of head

Weight: Males 6 lb, Females 5 lb

Description: The Emerald Dunking Duck is a species of wild duck commonly found in the southern United States. In the 1950’s, ladies considered it fashionable to keep these in their gardens. Unfortunately, this particular species does not tame well, and hospitals report Duck attack injuries increased tenfold until they were banned from homes in 1963.

Fun facts:

  • Giant furry mustaches.

  • Head is covered in real emeralds, adding up to 2lb to body weight.

  • Particular tastes in bread; many prefer multi-grain and rye.

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Bitterflunk

Size: 2-3” without tail

Weight: 2 oz

Description: The Bitterflunk is one of the Americas’ more delightful and fascinating species. These social animals travel by bounding, sometimes up to 21 feet in the air. Their natural fearlessness and intense attraction to the color blue sometimes make them a pest in urban areas, but generally the Bitterflunk has adapted well to life alongside humans.

Fun facts:

  • Large ears signify excellent hearing.

  • Bitterflunks curl body into ball while bouncing; their rubbery skin ensures they bounce well and reduce injury from impact.

  • Always found in odd numbers. Often in packs involving the numbers 3 or 7, i.e., 31 or 17.

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Glassfish

Size: 6”

Weight: 1-2 oz

Description: The Glassfish is a freshwater fish named for its ability to turn its skin to glass when under attack by predators. The Glassfish was widely fished in the late Middle Ages, when their glass bodies were made into noisy mobiles and used to drive away evil.

Fun facts:

  • The carnivorous Glassfish consumes twice its weight in insects each day.

  • Glassfish feed at the surface; when threatened by birds or other predators, they can rapidly transform into glass.

  • Glassfish are one of the longest-lived freshwater fish species; they do not appear to age when in their glass form.