Aster and the Accidental Magic (Hardcover)

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By Thom Pico, Karensac (Illustrator)
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Aster's family "temporarily" moves into the mountains because her mom is building a giant robot bird to lead the other giant birds away from the mountain during the great migration.  She expects nothing but a quiet summer of playing Super Brawl (a video game).  But when her dad kicks her out of the house, she stumbles across an old lady sitting on a rock with woolly dogs all around her.  The old lady gives her one of the small woolly dogs which Aster names Buzz.  One things leads to another and Aster accidentally awakens the trickster spirit Rapscallion.  He grants her three wishes all of which have devastating effects.  It's now up to Aster's (now talking) dog to save the day.  Will he triumph or will he just create more chaos?  I really liked this book and I hope a sequel comes out soon.  My favorite part about this book was the style of the graphic artwork.  It's cartoony yet realistic at the same time.  I would give it a 9 out of 10 stars.
— From Sawyer, Age 9

Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List

“This book is perfect for fans of Hilda, with the simple design of Adventure Time and the guileless charm of Steven Universe. Aster is NOT happy to be moving into the boring old woods, but she quickly learns that there is more in this valley than meets the eye when she stumbles into the truth at the core of every local legend.”
— Stephanie Heinz, PRINT: A Bookstore, Portland, ME


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

About the Author

Thom Pico was born in 1989 in PĂ©rigueux. 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.

Praise For…

Full of sardonic asides and general whimsy, this will make readers eager to snag the promised sequel and begin rural adventures of their own.” —The Bulletin, starred review

“An entertaining and lighthearted fantasy." —Kirkus Reviews

"Spirited adventure and an oddball sense of humor make this a promising start to a series that will be perfect for fans of the Hilda comics." —Publishers Weekly

"Featuring simple lines and appealingly bizarre creatures, the art will entice readers." —School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593124178
ISBN-10: 0593124170
Publisher: Random House Graphic
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 224
Series: Aster