Review of The Okay Witch

October 15, 2019 Book Reviews 3

Review of The Okay Witch

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Genres: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade
Published by Aladdin on September 3, 2019
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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Illustrator: Emma Steinkellner

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.

Here is what I thought

This was my very first graphic novel ARC so that was super cool. It had a few colored pages then the rest was black and white, so at least I got a feel for how the coloring was going to be in the book.

The Okay Witch was a cute sort of coming of age story about Moth who loves all things witches. She dressed up for Halloween in the beginning as a witch and her mother was wondering why that was her choice and she was like duh, I like witches. It wasn’t too long after that some strange things start to happen to her and when she explains it to her mother she tells her it’s because she is a witch.

Moth is really excited about being a witch since she loves all things witches, but her mother is not. Her mother left being a witch behind because of some things that happened in the past. You learn about her mother, Calendula had sort of a break from her mother who was the leader of a coven of witches and why she decided not to go that way.

Moth’s mother doesn’t want her to practice being a witch but Moth really wants that side of things and doesn’t understand her mother.

It was a cute story about finding a balance between trying to be normal and a witch and how it’s okay to want to be both. It was a story about family and friendship and it was just a cute story. Even though I liked Moth and her family I will have to say that her cat or familiar that shows up was my favorite character. Their friend Mr. Laszlo, who died is the spirit in her cat and he cracked me up!

I have to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of the art style. There was just some things that looked super weird to me. The mothers eyebrows looked almost like another set of eyes at times. I know they are suppose to probably be bushy eyebrows but it didn’t work and the weird coloring on their noses was to freaky. That didn’t make the story any less cute though.

I would recommend this for any young reader who loves graphic novels.

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3 Responses to “Review of The Okay Witch”

  1. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I’m wondering if some of the issues with the art will be resolved in the actual graphic novel – especially the noses. If I ever see it at my library, I’ll have to remember to check it out. This does seem perfect for the season.

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