‘Baba Yaga’s Assistant’ is a Modern Adaptation of a Classic Tale


Baba Yaga's Assistant coverMasha is a smart teenage girl. Her grandmother taught her how to get anything clean and not to be afraid of witches. This comes in handy when her father remarries and brings home a new step-mother and little sister. Frustrated, Masha decides to leave and get a job. Baba Yaga, the fearsome witch of Eastern mythology, is looking for an assistant. Baba Yaga agrees to take on Masha on a trial basis, putting her through a series of insane challenges inside the walls of a chicken-legged house. When Baba Yaga kidnaps Masha’s little step-sister, it’s up to her to act fast and keep the fearsome witch from eating her new family.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant is a modern twist on an old tale. Baba Yaga advertises for an assistant in the paper and Masha is a very modern teenager. This graphic novel is a great combination of a creepy legend and a modern tale of growing up in a world of mixed families. The art is creepy and a few panels of Baba Yaga reminded me of the Ice King from Adventure Time. She is most definitely fearsome, but at the same time cartoonish enough to not leave nightmares.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant is an easy to read Graphic Novel that is equally enjoyable for young teens and adults. The book is written by Marika McCoola and illustrated by Emily Carroll.

Baba Yaga’s Assistant is available from Candlewick Press August 4, 2015. Look for it on Amazon; on Powell’s


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