Saturday, August 3, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Okay Witch By Emma Steinkellner #graphicnovel #middlegrade

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The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Publisher: Aladdin (Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing)
Release Date: September 3rd, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything!
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. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.
In this spellbinding graphic novel debut, Emma Steinkellner spins a story packed with humor and heart about the weird and wonderful adventures of a witch-in-progress. 
The Good Witch was a fun coming of age graphic novel with a quirky protagonist just trying to learn to fit in. But also there is magic! And it deals a lot with family and conflict in those families and trying to figure out who you are. I think it did a really good job of showing what it's like to be in that awkward stage in life when you are just trying to figure out your life and your parents are only giving you one-sided answers. 

I felt like Moth was such a convincing young girl, and a lot of her struggles did really give me middle school flashbacks. Ack! Those truly were the worst days of my life. I was really glad that she finds a friend in this one, and I really like that they correct people that they are just friends a couple times! 

The artwork in this one was pretty good. The color wasn't complete in this advanced copy I read, so only half of it was in color and the other half was in black and white. I did like the really saturated colors in this one. I think the noses were done a little weird here, but it wasn't huge dealbreaker for this one.

This book is being comped with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and I would say that is a very fair assessment of this book. If we are talking old school Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina, because it has such a light-hearted fun feel to it, even though it does deal with those hard topics.

I think this is great for any middle school reader in your life, or if you just want a nice light coming of age book to read.

*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley and the publisher Aladdin. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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