Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola; illustrated by Emily Carroll
Date read: 23 September 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published 2015 by Candlewick Press
Source: Deschutes Public Library [J Graphic Novel MCCOOLA MARIKA]
Baba Yaga eats children. She is deceitful and wicked. Her sentient house strides around the countryside on giant chicken legs. Stories like these have been told for a long time [based on Slavic folk literature].
There’s always another side to the story.
Our story begins with a help wanted ad:
ASSISTANT WANTED ASAP
Must have skills in hauling, obeying orders, cooking and cleaning. Magical talent a bonus. Must be good with heights. Enter Baba Yaga’s house to apply.
Well, that’s reasonably straightforward as these things go. But this is Baba Yaga. Deceit is the rule.
Masha’s circumstances are dire and she has some family history so off she goes. Are the stories accurate, can she remember them, what exactly are these tests? Can Masha outwit Baba Yaga as her grandmother did?
Find out in this great adaptation of Baba Yaga. The artwork is wonderful and exceedingly colorful, especially for being in many ways a dark story.
How can a story with a sentient house that moves around on two giant chicken legs not be intriguing? The enigmatic witch is just a bonus. Highly recommended.