Title: Little Witches
Author: Leigh Dragoon
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary (from NetGalley):
Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg March are four sisters living in Concord with their parents—Father, who’s tending to soldiers fighting in the Civil War, and Marmee, who teaches the girls simple but effective witchcraft. The Marches have to keep their craft quiet, as there are many in Concord who see magic in a bad light—especially after things have begun disappearing.
When Mr. Laurence, a witchfinder, moves in next door to investigate the missing objects, the girls fear for their livelihood. But he turns out to be a kind old man, and his grandson, Laurie, quickly befriends the Marches. As the cold winter blusters on, the girls continue their education, even as missing objects soon turn into missing people.
Things take a turn for the worse when Jo and Laurie try investigating on their own, and a dangerous storm takes hold of Concord. There’s powerful magic at play here—stronger than anything the Marches, or even Laurie, has ever seen before. Can they hope to defeat it? Or has the magic already become too strong for them to fight against?
*Received free copy for NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
My goodness, this was a cute read. It’s a whimsical retelling of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, complete with witches, magic and all the family love you could ever want. I’m a big fan of a few of the large page spreads – they really give off that sweet, mystical vibe which fits the story so well!
The first few pages were difficult to get into – I struggled to tell the sisters apart at first, and could’ve done with an introduction type spread or something before the story starts. That being said, after I started recognising who was who, it became a very easy read. The sisters are all virtually the same as they are in the original book (Jo is forever and always my favourite!) and I LOVE Laurie in this version.
Graphic novels tend to be pretty fast-paced, and this was no exception – I breezed through it in under an hour. The plot is simple enough, but I *did* guess the big plot twist about half-way through. That being said, this is a children’s book and I reckon it’s fitting enough for them.
I really love how the author weaves a history of slavery and racial discrimination in with the history of mages – I wasn’t expecting anything that deep from this book, so it was a pleasant surprise.
If you’re looking for something light that’s a twist on the original, I’d say go ahead! There’s magic! There’s sisterly love! There’s disappearing cows!
Lots of love,