Who’s Baba Yaga, you ask? Well, think of a very old witch with Russian background, who likes to eat children for dinner and lives in a house that stands on chicken legs and has a mind of its own. She’s creepy & cruel, just as you would expect of a witch. Now Baba Yaga needs help around the house to get all her chores done and so she decides to put an ad on the paper. Masha, who’s going through some tough times adapting to her dad’s new life, decides to apply. Her grandmother had some magical talents she hopes she’s inherited and had told her some stories about working for Baba Yaga herself. Imagine all the hoops Masha will have to go through to perform all of the witch’s tests, will she pass and become her assistant? First Masha will have to get inside Baba Yaga’s house, then we’ll see... In Marika McCoola’s debut graphic novel, with fantastic illustrations by Emily Carroll, folklore, magic and the real world intermingle together beautifully. Read and enjoy! — Adriana Gómez Piccolo
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.
About the Author
Marika McCoola has an MA in writing for children from Simmons College and is a former children's book buyer at an independent bookstore in Massachusetts. Baba Yaga's Assistant marks her publishing debut. She lives in Massachusetts. Emily Carroll is the author-illustrator of the acclaimed and best-selling graphic story collection Through the Woods, as well as numerous web comics. She lives in Stratford, Ontario.