Baba Yaga's Assistant
Baba Yaga's Assistant
Baba Yaga's Assistant
Emily Carroll, Marika McCoola
"A modern twist on the classic Russian folktale of Baba Yaga, this spooky graphic novel features a tween heroine who is both clever and courageous." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor 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.

Book Details


  • Manga/Graphic Novel

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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The monstrous Baba Yaga, a trickster witch of disastrous proportions, has been working alone for years, terrorizing the town she frequents.  She kidnaps children and then threatens to eat those who behave badly.  Now, however, she has a problem: she has too much work.  She needs an assistant.  In a spur-of-the-moment decision, she puts an ad in the local newspaper.  And, to her great surprise, a young girl named Masha stumbles upon her walking house.  This is the story of how they learn to work together, and how appearances aren’t always as they seem.

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