Last month I got The Okay Witch and I wanted to read it immediately for Middle Grade May. This is a graphic novel so it was a one sitting kind of read ;). And today I want to tell you all about this adorable story. So let’s dive in!
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 Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Published by Aladdin on 03/09/2019
Cover & Art
The cover of The Okay Witch is very cute in my opinion. You can already get a feel for the art style in this graphic novel from the cover. I really like that about graphic novels, if I don’t like the cover, I probably won’t enjoy the art inside. It’s great when the feeling and style of the cover matches with the rest of the graphic noel. I also really enjoyed seeing the elements on the cover come into play in the story. The colors look nice and fit the vibe of the story. I’m happy to have this one on my shelves.
This book was pretty different from what I was expecting. Apparently I hadn’t read the synopsis that well haha. The Okay Witch is about Moth, a thirteen year old girl who discovers she’s a witch. She also learns more about her towns history and the role her family played in that history.
The Okay Witch matches up some of the things I like most in stories. We get the witch element, and I also enjoy some historical fiction. Moth takes a look at some key moments in her town’s history and I really liked the way that was done. During some of these trips down memory lane, she also learns some more about her magic.
I really enjoyed seeing Moth learning more about herself, her family’s history and her powers. The plot and the tone of the story were more serious and ‘heavy’ than I was anticipating. I was expecting a cute and fun story. And while it was fun at times, it also involved some heavy topics.
Moth is our main character and she was great to follow. She takes you on her journey of discovery and I really enjoyed reading about her. Charlie is the new boy at school and quickly befriends Moth. He was such a cute boy and a sweet heart. It was nice to see his background was rounded out and he played an interesting part in the story.
Moth’s mom and grandma also play their parts in this graphic novel. To be honest, I go back and forth with my feelings for them. At times I did like them and respected their decisions. Other times, not so much haha. They are both very stubborn and think they know what’s best.
At some point in the story there’s mention of sacrifices. I would’ve loved to get a better look at those. We never see the aftermath and that is such a shame. A couple of the sacrifices are mentioned and I really wanted to see that played out. This story definitely has some layers and I think the author could’ve done even more with that. Even though this is a MG story, I would’ve like the extra depth. All in all, this was a great read and I few through it.
I would highly recommend this graphic novel. The art looks beautiful, the story is layered but also fun and there’s a great cat! If you’re into MG and witches, this is the one for you.