The year is 1928 and young Nathaniel Fludd’s parents have been declared lost at sea. He is sent to live with his Aunt Phil, a Beastologist. Aunt Phil is determined to teach her nephew the family business; That is, map making and the care and cataloging of mythical beasts. Unfortunately, poor Nate is not sure he has the constitution for adventuring, preferring to draw in his sketchbook. Nevertheless, Aunt Phil immediately whisks him away to Arabia in the hopes of protecting a magical phoenix, the last of its kind. Along the way, Nate meets Greasle the gremlin, “the size of a kitten but sort of human shaped… covered with engine oil and gear grease,” among other interesting beasts. The Flight of the Phoenix is a fun introduction to the Beastologist series complete with some of Nate’s own drawings of his adventures. Also find a handy glossary of terms such as cardinal and ordinal points that will enhance a young reader’s knowledge and vocabulary.