November 30, 2019

#BookReview: Aster and the Accidental Magic by @ThomPico

Synopsis: A fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!

Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .

That's what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It's just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and . . .

. . . magic?

In her new home, Aster meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs who gives her a canine companion of her own. But when she and her dog Buzz are adventuring in the forest, they run into a trickster spirit who gives Aster three wishes. After wishing for the ability to understand and talk to her dog, she becomes only able to talk in dog language . . . and the trouble she gets into is just starting.

Maybe the middle of nowhere will be more interesting than Aster thought.

"Crisp, vibrant artwork." -The AV Club


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This review is from our three child and middle grade readers!! 

Anarece 4 stars (9 years old) 
I think that this age rage could go lower than 8 years old.  I think early readers might really like this one too.  They could look at the pictures and maybe pick up on some of the words.  I really liked the dad, the king of autumn, and the king of winter.  It was a fun book but I think that I just like books that are above my age group.  

Christian  5 stars (8 years old)
The 8-12 age range for this one works well I just turned 8 and I didn’t have any issues reading it.  This was another easy to read story with great graphics that I loved.  I really liked that this was all in color as a lot of stories are in black and white.  I liked the adventure and the battle with a fox.  The animals and the dad were all my favorites in this one!! I can’t wait for more. 

Alexis  4 stars (13 years old)

I really enjoyed this story because, it wasn’t boring and it was just one full story instead of it being split up in smaller parts.  I liked that it was fast paced and the artwork was fun.  The fox was amazing and so was the old lady.  I would like to read more from this author in the future.  

Thom Pico was born in 1989 in Périgueux. Since then, his enthusiasm for writing has led him to a number of different projects, including theater, writing and youth workshops -- until Karensac offered to collaborate with him on their new comic book project. You can find him online at @ThomPico.

Karensac was born in 1990 in Grenoble. Always passionate about comics, her webcomic won the Angouleme New Voices prize for online work. Aster and the Accidental Magic is her first graphic novel. You can find her online at @MlleKarensac.

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