Baba Yaga’s Assistant

Baba Yaga's AssistantWritten by Marika McCoola, Illustrated by Emily Carroll

The fearsome witch of Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga, is in need of an assistant and Masha is up for an adventure and the challenge. Armed with the many lessons her grandma taught her: “that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, and that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean” (inside cover), Masha set out to find the house on chicken legs. But once found she soon learns she must pass a series of tests to become the assistant. And Baba Yaga sets up situations that would seem impossible to pass. Masha must have her wits about her to outsmart the witch and make her goal.

I think readers will love this graphic novel and will hope that Ms. McCoola will continue writing books about Baba Yaga and Masha. I know I would love more stories!

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-8

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Baba Yaga’s Assistant
Written by Marika McCoola, Illustrated by Emily Carroll
Candlewick Press
125 pages
Release Date: August 24, 2015

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