Baba Yaga's Assistant
author: Marika McCoola
illustrator: Emily Carroll
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 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! A New York Times bestseller, Marika McCoola’s spooky and poignant debut — featuring richly layered art by acclaimed graphic artist Emily Carroll — is a storytelling feat and a visual feast.
“This graphic novel deserves to just be savored as an old story yanked into modernity and told with aplomb.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)