Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico, illustrated by Karensac

81A5UNvKc9L._AC_UY218_ML3_Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico, illustrated by Karensac. Random House Graphic, 2020. 9780593124178

Format: ARC

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Aster’s family has moved from the city to the country so that her mom, an ornithologist, can study the giant crow migration. At first, all Aster does is play video games indoors, and quickly becomes bored. But then she meets the Old Lady, a mysterious ancient shepherdess, and the Trickster Rapscallion, who grants her three wishes. A talking dog and other magical beings connected to nature catapult Aster into reality-bending adventures that challenge her understanding of the natural world. This French import contains two stories, with a projected sequel. It’s a early/middle grade fantasy graphic novel with lots of action, not much violence, and a sense of humor. Early grade readers who enjoy fantasy with a nature/mythology bent should love this. The full color art is attractive, with whimsical Miyazaki-esque creatures.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of Luke Pearson’s Hilda graphic novels should enjoy this.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and pubic libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: March 3, 2020

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