Baba Yaga's Assistant
Baba Yaga's Assistant

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Annotation: The fearsome witch of Russian folklore mentors a brave teen who draws on her grandmother's wisdom to pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear and make dinner for her child-eating host.
Catalog Number: #118750
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Carroll, Emily,
Pages: 125 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-6961-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-93819-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-6961-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93819-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014951398
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Masha was raised by her grandmother, who regaled her with wry stories about outwitting Baba Yaga, but now her grandmother's dead, her insensitive father is getting remarried, and Masha doesn't feel welcome at home anymore. Luckily, she spots Baba Yaga's newspaper ad for an assistant, so she packs up a few enchanted items and sets off to find the witch. Recalling Baba Yaga stories as well as her grandmother's kindness, lonesome Masha cleverly tackles the witch's assignments. But are her wiles t to mention her sneaky, innate magical talents ough to satisfy Baba Yaga's demands? Carroll's dark yet luminous artwork is a perfect match for McCoola's tale, particularly when she illustrates the classic Baba Yaga stories interspersed throughout, which appear in blockier, simplified figures framed by charming folk-art-style designs. Meanwhile, Masha's story is full of eerie shading and delicate detail. Witches are certainly spooky fare, but this Baba Yaga appreciates cunningly creative thinking, and, as Masha discovers, she's surprisingly warmhearted. A perfect match for Deb Lucke's The Lunch Witch (2015).
School Library Journal
Gr 4&11;7&12; Masha is less than thrilled when her widower father announces he is going to remarry. The last thing she wants is a stepmother and stepsister. All she can think of are the tales her grandmother would tell her, filled with evil stepmothers and the terrible trickster Baba Yaga. With emotions running high and feeling unwanted by her father, Masha decides to respond to the following ad: "ASSISTANT WANTED ASAP: Must have skills in hauling, obeying orders, cooking and cleaning. Magical talent a bonus. Must be good with heights. Enter Baba Yaga's house to apply." Not knowing what to expect, but feeling that nothing can be as bad as her situation at home, she heads into the forest. The events that follow help Masha find the strength to survive and endure Baba Yaga's tests and the courage to face what is waiting back home for her. Upper elementary readers will enjoy how the illustrations create a moody and mysterious creepiness surrounding Baba Yaga. The characters are expressively drawn, adding drama to the story. Masha's tween angst will resonate as she copes with her new family situation. VERDICT This title will find a home with fans of R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" (Scholastic) and Luke Pearson's "Hilda" graphic novel series (Nobrow).&12; Carol Hirsche, Provo City Library, UT
Word Count: 3,918
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 175367 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.2 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q66579
Lexile: GN340L
Guided Reading Level: K

Russian folklore icon Baba Yaga mentors a lonely teen in a wry graphic novel that balances gleefully between the modern and the timeless.

Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga’s house-on-chicken-legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host. No easy task, with children on the menu! Spooky and poignant, Marika McCoola’s stunning debut—with richly layered art by acclaimed graphic artist Emily Carroll—is a storytelling feat and a visual feast.

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