BABA YAGA'S ASSISTANT
written by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll
Candlewick Press, 9780763669614
This graphic novel follows the story of Masha, a young teen. After the death of her grandmother, Masha doesn't know what to do with her life. Her father is absent, more involved with his fiance than his daughter. When Masha discovers an ad seeking an assistant for Baba Yaga, she ventures into the woods to apply. But once there, Masha must pass three tests handed down from the terrifying witch, the last of which is cooking children for dinner.
Select praise for BABA YAGA'S ASSISTANT:
- #3 debut on The New York Times HC graphic books list
- 2016 Eisner Award Nomination for Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)
- 2015 NEIBA Book Award winner
- 2015 Junior Library Guild selection
- Shortlisted for the 2015 Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Awards in the Favorite Graphic Novel/Book category
- 2016 YALSA Great Graphic Novel for a Teens, 2016 ALA Notable Children's Book
- Kirkus starred review: "A magnificently magical must-read for all fairy-tale fans."
- PW review: "Strong, complex characters and the inventive fusion of contemporary and fairy tale elements make this a noteworthy collaboration."
- Booklist review: "Carroll’s dark yet luminous artwork is a perfect match for McCoola’s tale...full of eerie shading and delicate detail."