Today’s review is kicking off the official blog tour for The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner.
Magic and mayhem ensue in The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner, an adorably charming new middle grade graphic novel.
Magic is harder than it looks. Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories.
When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama.
And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all!
When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. With that revelation, Moth’s adventure truly begins – an adventure that spans centuries, generations, and even worlds – as she unravels the legacy at the heart of her life.
There’s so much to love about The Okay Witch: her new friendship, a talking cat, her family’s surprising magical history, and the wildly engaging story.
I was enchanted by Moth’s story. What kid can’t relate to feeling out of place in middle school? Moth’s situation may be a little unique, but the themes are something I’m sure any reader can relate to in some way.
I was also particularly charmed by Steinkellner’s illustrations. Some of Moth’s facial expressions on certain pages cracked me up SO MUCH, probably because I’m pretty sure I’ve made similar faces myself. The illustrations often stand alone, and tell the story even without words — which is the best part of graphic novels, if you ask me.
The Okay Witch is a whimsical and delightful graphic novel; it’s the whole package, with heart, humor, and magic. It reads like a standalone, but I’d certainly gladly read more of Moth’s adventures. The Okay Witch is available now.
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