Book Launch: Baba Yaga's Assistant


Join us at the Odyssey Bookshop for an event like no other. Meet debut graphic novel author, Marika McCoola as she throws you into the sometimes sweet, mostly terrifying and always adventurous, world of Baba Yaga’s Assistant. Munch on arms and legs of gingerbread children, decorate your own Matryoshka dolls and attempt to pass three Baba Yaga tasks… if you dare! Perfect for all graphic novel and adventure fans. Ages 8 and up.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

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

Marika McCoola has an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College and is the former children’s department director at the Odyssey Bookshop. Baba Yaga’s Assistant marks her publishing debut. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 6:00pm
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By Marika McCoola, Emily Carroll (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669614
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015